Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Have We Reached Peak Liberalism?

Featured image Reagan used to like to tell a joke about the two Russians talking on the street, where one asks, “Have we reached peak Communism? Is this it?” To which his compatriot replies, “Oh no—things are going to have to get a lot worse!” This comes to mind with the observation that just when you think liberals can’t get any more out of touch or ridiculous, they step up with something »

The Factual Feminist on Free Speech

Featured image The great Christina Hoff Sommers is just out with another of her splendid “Factual Feminist” videos on the crisis of free speech on college campuses. As it happens, I got together with Christina recently and taped an interview for the Power Line podcast. I’ve got quite a backlog of interviews in the can right now, but I’ll try to move hers up in the queue. In the meantime, it’s totally »

The Week in Pictures: The Puckish Zuck Edition

Featured image Wait—you’re telling me that Facebook is not a book of faces? That it’s some kind of scheme to Zuck your private information from you and huck it to the highest bidder? My world is crushed. Reminds me of what my old mentor M. Stanton Evans said about the novel 1984:  “I thought the book was very Orwellian.” But before you go off and join the bipartisan rush to come up »

The Disgrace at CUNY Law School

Featured image Following up on Tuesday’s dispatch about the recent disgrace at Beloit College, today comes news of an even more disgraceful outrage at CUNY Law School. Josh Blackman of South Texas College of Law, a fine legal mind and author of many excellent legal articles as well as cogent popular articles for National Review Online and elsewhere, was invited by the CUNY Federalist Society chapter to speak on free speech. The »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 65: The Lives of the Constitution

Featured image Today is the official publication date of Joseph Tartakovsky’s book The Lives of the Constitution: Ten Exceptional Minds That Shaped America’s Supreme Law. Joseph is the James Wilson Fellow in Constitutional Law at the Claremont Institute, and was most recently the Deputy Solicitor General of Nevada. Tartakosvky has taken an original and innovative approach to illuminating the Constitution and its evolution over time, looking at ten individuals across the sweep of American »

Prog Rock Vindicated!

Featured image It’s been a while since I indulged here my deplorable taste for prog rock, but as I’ve been inhaling second-hand pot smoke for the last two days in Boulder, CO, I think I have a legitimate excuse. Also, because it allows me to employ some perfect social science confirmation bias. The Economist this week includes a story about a pair of social psychologists who have attempted an empirical study of »

The Disgrace at Beloit College

Featured image Not long ago, the political science department at Beloit College posted the following job opening: College of Liberal Arts, Department of Political Science, Tenure-Track Position Opening POSITION: Assistant Professor of Political Science (Political Theory) Beloit College, a selective liberal arts college with a proud tradition of innovation, seeks an energetic teacher-scholar for a replacement position of five courses per year. The successful candidate will be responsible for introductory courses in »

Marx: Call Your Office

Featured image Karl Marx said that history repeats itself the first time as tragedy, and the second time as farce. We’ve entered the farce stage on gun control. The other day I demanded that we “Ban Cutlery Now!” because of the epidemic of knife attacks in Britain, where gun control reins supreme. Well this didn’t take long: »

The Week in Pictures: Special Walkout Edition

Featured image This week it appears that K-12 teachers in more and more states looked at the recent high school walkouts intended to stamp out the 2nd Amendment and said, “Hold my cigarette butt—we can do that too!” Is it a coincidence that there is a crescendo of clearly organized “Resistance” efforts going on right now: the green jihad against Scott Pruitt, the “refugee caravan” making its way north through Mexico, the »

Ban Cutlery Now!

Featured image Sometimes news items come across the transom that require little analysis or commentary. Like this story out of London a few hours ago: Five teenagers and one man have been stabbed in London within the space of 90 minutes amid a surge in knife and gun violence in the capital. It was recently reported that London now has a higher murder rate than New York City. And I thought Britain had »

News: Return to Boulder

Featured image For all of you Rocky Mountain/greater Denver readers, I am doing my Douglas MacArthur act and returning to the University of Colorado at Boulder next Monday, April 9, for one day only, participating once again in the University’s annual Conference on World Affairs, where I’ll once again torment Boulder liberals by praising their environmental “greenbelt” around the town for making the conservative quarantine so much easier to enforce. You can »

A Better Way to Pressure China?

Featured image As I mentioned here once before, I know from my own sources close to Trump that he believes we can indeed win a trade war with China because China needs the U.S. more than the U.S. needs China, and thus that the Chinese will blink first. Maybe this is correct, and maybe Henry Olsen is correct to argue that tariff policy should be understood politically rather than economically. Generally I »

King, 50 Years Later

Featured image The milestones of 1968 are being recalled day-by-day, reminding us of what a roller coaster year it was. The decision of LBJ not to run for re-election (cheered lustily by the left) was followed just five days later by the assassination in Memphis of Martin Luther King, on April 4—fifty years ago today. It is hard to believe that at the beginning of 1968, things looked decent for Johnson. So »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 64: Finding Nino

Featured image In this episode, I talk with Ed Whelan, president of of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, author of “Bench Memos” on National Review Online, and co-editor of Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and a Live Well Lived. It’s a wonderful collection. The speech Scalia gave to an Irish-American dinner on how an Italian thinks about the Irish is worth the price of the book alone. In addition to »

On the EPA: Stay on Target!

Featured image There’s an old saying that when you’re taking a lot of flak, you know you’re over the target. Right now this explains the liberal/media freakout about EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. Pruitt is systematically dismantling the legacy of decades of egregious bureaucratic overreach by the EPA, including ending the corrupt “sue-and-settle” practice, stopping the practice of refusing to share raw data with outside researchers that bear on multi-hundred-billion dollar regulatory schemes, »

From DC Follies to Puppet Regime

Featured image Back in the Reagan years one of my favorite amusements on television was Sid and Marty Krofft’s show “DC Follies.” Anyone remember the bar scene of puppets presided over by Fred Willard? Here’s a short reminder: I’ve always hoped for a comeback of some kind, and of all unlikely people, Ian Bremmer has started a new puppet-commentary show called Puppet Regime. There are several of varying length on YouTube. Here’s »

Why We Hate the Media, Chapter 12,784

Featured image From today’s Washington Post “Daily 202” dispatch: Today is also CNBC talking head Larry Kudlow’s first day on the job as the president’s chief economic adviser, and longtime Fox contributor John Bolton will start next week as national security adviser. Let’s see: that would be the same Larry Kudlow who was once chief economist at Bear Stearns, served in the Treasury Department and OMB under President Reagan? And that would be »