Author Archives: Steven Hayward

How Rand Paul Got Trumped [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Back in the old days when Jerry Taylor was at the Cato Institute, he used to bust my chops regularly and mercilessly for the slightest tergiversation from free market orthodoxy. But as he’s a really smart guy, and because his boisterously astringent style is so much fun, I never minded being on the receiving end. Nowadays Jerry has become some kind of low grade climatista, and is plumping for a »

Another Comic Speaks Truth to PC Power

Featured image This time it’s Colin Quinn, who I first took to liking when he hosted the splendidly wacky “Remote Control” on MTV back in the 1980s. Here, in under two minutes he, skewers all of the trendy politically correct jargon of the campus left. (Hat tip: The College Fix.) »

How Jonah Goldberg Became Jonah Goldberg! (Part 1)

Featured image A few weeks back when Jonah Goldberg and I were cruising the Baltic Sea attempting to spot Putin’s subs, undermine Russian autocracy, and re-enacting the Kronstadt rebellion as we sailed close by that memorial of early Leninist terror, I sat down with Jonah not to discuss current issues, but how he came to be a conservative in the first place. Here he explains his childhood and education. We had trouble »

Climate: Somewhere Roger Corman is Laughing

Featured image Time once again to update The Warmlist of all the things caused by climate change, which is now nearly everything, including shrimp sex problems. Here’s the latest from Science Daily this week: King crabs threaten Antarctic ecosystem due to warming ocean King crabs may soon become high-level predators in Antarctic marine ecosystems where they haven’t played a role in tens of millions of years, according to a new study led »

Trump Version 1.0

Featured image It’s pretty clear that Donald Trump has been wanting to run for president for a very long time, and that this year it was now or never. The video below shows Trump on the Oprah Winfrey Show way back in 1988, sounding exactly like he does today, with two notable differences. First, his hair looks almost plausible. Second, his now-familiar theme about “unfair trade” and a country that is “beating »

Mondale Reminisces

Featured image Our pal Stephen Knott of the Naval War College has pointed us to the release today by the Miller Center at the University of Virginia of his oral history interview with former Vice President Walter Mondale. There’s lots of interesting political history in this interview, but here are a few highlights, starting with Mondale’s first impressions of Robert and Ted Kennedy when they arrived in the Senate in the early »

Follow Up on Jeb and Congress

Featured image I’m on airplanes all day today, making my way to Michigan where, it turns out, I’ll be meeting John in a bar late tonight. (This is how conspiracy rumors get started. Stand by for some clandestine video.) Meanwhile, I note a great letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal this morning from Laura Hirschman making the same point I did here last week (“Bush League De-Regulation?“) about Jeb »

Two Questions for Hillary

Featured image It goes without saying that Hillary is a dreadful candidate, aided by the fact that the media give her the kid glove treatment. A few weeks ago she said that she had an economic plan to get the economy growing again. So why hasn’t she shared this plan with the Obama Administration? Why wait for January 2017? People are hurting now. The obvious question she should be asked is: How »

What Next for the House? (Take 3)

Featured image Almost a year ago I noted here in a post entitled “Time to Revitalize Congress” the great 1959 book by James Burnham, Congress and the American Tradition, in which Burnham warned that the power and capacity of Congress was atrophying badly. Go back and read the whole post if you have time (I actually called for bringing back earmarks!), but here’s the most salient paragraph from Burnham: Congress has let »

Why Socialism Can’t Make a Sandwich

Featured image Last month I took note of the curious fact that many people find Friedrich Hayek’s classic 1945 essay “The Use of Knowledge in Society” difficult or opaque at first, including even economic geniuses like Thomas Sowell and Russ Roberts. This month happens to be the 70th anniversary of the publication of that essay, and our friends at the Fraser Institute in Canada have begun a video series starring Don Boudreaux »

Trump vs. Putin?

Featured image As I watched Vladimir Putin run circles around Obama last night on 60 Minutes, I got to realizing why Donald Trump may be the only person who can match up to Putin. Trump is the only candidate who can match Putin’s macho, chick-magnet act. Here’s Trump, for example, with his prospective national security council: And here is the posse described as “Putin’s Army”: But can Trump match this hacktastic music »

Follow Up: Peeling the Onion of Socialism

Featured image One of the first pre-requisites for being a socialist is having no sense of humor. I’d really love to see a reporter ask Bernie Sanders to name his favorite standup comic, and watch him default to “Who has time to laugh when the middle class is being decimated by Wall Street! Socialist lives matter!” That’s why lefties won’t get this old bit from The Onion: Marxists’ Apartment A Microcosm Of »

The Mystery of Pope Francis: Was There a Vatican Coup?

Featured image One thing that that has puzzled a lot of people since the selection of Pope Francis two years ago is how a left-leaning Pope could succeed two very serious conservative Popes—John Paul II and Benedict XVI—who you would have thought had stacked the ranks of the Cardinals with clergy that would perpetuate their theological and philosophical outlook. Was Benedict hounded out of office by some kind of internal Vatican scandal »

Hillary vs. Hillary

Featured image Props to Chuck Todd for putting together the following montage of Hillary Clinton’s “flexibility” on her positions on the Iraq War, gay marriage, and the Keystone pipeline for Meet the Press this morning. And see if you think her answers are the least bit convincing—especially the last bit about not understanding the “dirtiness” of Canadian oil. (About 3 minutes long.) »

Taking the Pope to School

Featured image A number of people have pointed out that one of the problems with Pope Francis’s views about “capitalism” is that he’s never actually seen it, as his home nation of Argentina (along with much of the rest of Latin America) practices what is better understood as “corporatism,” which is crony capitalism on steroids—not even capitalism at all. Ian Vasquez of the Cato Institute, citing the database of the invaluable HumanProgress »

What Next for the House? (Take 2)

Featured image John has offered his opinion that the House GOP should have little to fear if they force Obama to veto a continuing resolution that omits funding for Planned Parenthood, thereby causing a government shutdown. This may be correct, though I have my doubts it would work out well for Republicans. We’ve had this argument before on Power Line, so readers needn’t send in comments that the 2013 shutdown didn’t seem »

Feminist SJW’s Can Dish It Out, But Can’t Take It

Featured image Major props to Steven Crowder for bringing to our attention this splendid six-minute video from the Times of London which shows a typical specimen of entitled feminist radicalism taking a predictable personal swipe at the Designated White Male Oppressor on the panel, at which point the Designated White Male Oppressor gives it back tenfold, resulting in a total rout. At which point the organizers call a halt to the panel, and »