Author Archives: Steven Hayward

How to Fix Hillary

Featured image I’m struck by the comment on the Pacific trade deal that Scott quotes below: On Sunday in Iowa, Clinton said that “the President should listen to and work with his allies in Congress, starting with (House Minority Leader) Nancy Pelosi, who have expressed their concerns about the impact that a weak agreement would have on our workers, to make sure we get the best, strongest deal possible. And if we don’t get »

Larry Arnn for Speaker?

Featured image I don’t agree with Paul that Paul Ryan shouldn’t be Speaker of the House because of his—shall we call them idealistic—positions and past votes on key issues, though he’s right that Ryan’s highest and best use is probably where he is right now at Ways & Means. If nothing else, Ryan would match up much better as a point man to argue in public against Obama—tasks for which both Boehner »

Wind Blows

Featured image As everyone knows, California is mired in a record drought. It usually gets lost in the shuffle that this has an impact on California’s energy supply, since the state has a non-trivial amount of hydropower: when you don’t have water, you can’t run the turbines in the dams. What happens when it doesn’t rain and the wind doesn’t blow? Turns out California is experiencing something of a wind-drought, too, as »

Democrats: Party of the Rich Revisited

Featured image I’ve written before that Democrats have become the party of the rich, and how this would scandalize an earlier generation of liberals from Franklin Roosevelt to Hubert Humphrey. A few days ago Thomas Edsall wondered about this in the New York Times in “How Did Democrats Become Favorites of the Rich?” Democrats now depend as much on affluent voters as on low-income voters. Democrats represent a majority of the richest »

A White Privilege Tax? Why Not?

Featured image A humorist named Mark Dice decided to talk to people on the street about a Hillary Clinton proposal for a “White Privilege Tax.” (She hasn’t proposed such a tax—yet.) You can imagine how this goes. Better than imaging it—watch: »

For It Before She Was Against It, the Sequel

Featured image The good folks at the Washington Free Beacon have put together this 90-second highlight reel of Hillary Clinton boasting about her work on the Trans-Pacific Partnership that she’s now against. If Hillary was any more phony, she’d be collecting campaign contributions in $3 bills. »

Don’t Look Now, But. . .

Featured image We’ve been periodically taking note of China’s wavering economy (here in July for instance), and speculated about how things would get interesting if they started dumping their large holdings of U.S. debt. Well: Once the Biggest Buyer, China Starts Dumping U.S. Government Debt Central banks around the world are selling U.S. government bonds at the fastest pace on record, the most dramatic shift in the $12.8 trillion Treasury market since »

Hillary on Pacific Trade Pact: She Was For It Before She Was Against It

Featured image Hillary must be getting desperate. With news leaking out that organized labor, the Teamsters in particular, are withholding an endorsement and might even endorse a Republican next year, Hillary is desperate to keep unions in the fold. Even if she holds off Bernie Sanders and Slow-Joe, without strong union support she probably can’t win in November. So today Hillary announced that she opposes the new Pacific trade agreement that she »

Revisiting Robert Nisbet on Environmentalism

Featured image Since I’m in a mood to beat down on environmentalists today, I decided to dust off the late Robert Nisbet’s charming 1982 book, Prejudices: A Philosophical Dictionary. The book was a direct emulation of Voltaire’s Philosophical Dictionary, and the entry on environmentalism is not to be missed. Samples include: It is entirely possible that when the history of the 20th century is finally written, the single most important social movement »

Scrutonizing American Conservatism

Featured image Later this week I’m away to Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, for a conference Friday afternoon with—and about the works of—philosopher Roger Scruton. If you’re in the Memphis area and would like to come, it is free and open to the public. Here are the full details. My paper, which I’m struggling mightily to finish today, is entitled “What American Conservatives Should Learn from Roger Scruton.” Beyond the obvious opening »

The Appeal of Trump, Explained

Featured image I don’t know who Friend Dog Studios are, but I think they’ve nailed Donald Trump with this nice piece of work (about two minutes long): »

Enviros to Africa: Stay Poor and Die Early

Featured image Further to the point of Scott’s post earlier about the shallow-mindedness of environmentalists, I’ve recently obtained a leaked copy of a draft letter from the usual gang of pecksniffs (Oxfam, Sierra Club, etc) to the U.S. Senate demanding changes to the Electrify Africa Act of 2015, and it is an even worse parody than the witless Sierra Club president before Sen. Cruz. The facsimile here is a little small and »

Best Academic Abstract Ever [With Comments By John and Paul]

Featured image Appearing right now on the SSRN bulletin board is the following abstract; it’s going to make me reconsider some of my prejudices about Harvard: Can Philosophy Be Justified in a Time of Crisis? Nathan J Robinson Harvard University September 3, 2015 Abstract: In this paper, I take the position that a large portion of contemporary academic work is an appalling waste of human intelligence that cannot be justified under any »

How Jonah Goldberg Became Jonah Goldberg! (Part 2)

Featured image In this second installment of our conversation with Jonah Goldberg, Jonah recounts finishing college and living as an ex-pat in Prague, where the largest difficulties were finding good toilet paper and deciding whether to stay all night at the casino gaming tables, why comic books seem to be a common denominator for certain kinds of conservatives, and how he finally got traction and achieved liftoff with his writing career.  About »

Things Still Not Pacific at Pacifica

Featured image An update to our earlier notices of the mayhem at leftist Pacifica Radio and flagship station KPFK, courtesy of the Pacifica-in-Exile folks, who sent out a press release a couple days ago detailing the ongoing implosion of the enterprise: Dominos Topple: Third On-Air Resignation at KPFK In Three Days Berkeley – On Wednesday, Yatrika Shah-Rais became the third veteran programmer to resign on-air at Los Angeles radio station KPFK. Shah-Rais, the »

Recycling Garbage

Featured image Over in the New York Times today, John Tierney revisits recycling, an update on a NY Times Magazine piece he wrote in 1996 (“Recycling is Garbage“) criticizing recycling that generated record hate mail from readers. His update argues persuasively that nothing much has changed since then: [In 1996] I presented plenty of evidence that recycling was costly and ineffectual, but its defenders said that it was unfair to rush to judgment. Noting »

India’s Climate Change Bill: $2.5 Trillion

Featured image There are high expectations for the next UN climate summit taking place in Paris in late November and early December. Obama is determined to get a “binding” international treaty to succeed the failed Kyoto Protocol. One of the major sticking points all along has been the reluctance of developing nations, especially China and India, to commit to significant emissions reductions which would reduce their economic growth. So China, India, and »