Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Is It 1968 Again? Crime Rising “Unexpectedly”

Featured image The Wall Street Journal’s political correspondent Gerald Seib writes today that this presidential campaign cycle resembles 1968, with Trump filling the George Wallace role and Bernie Sanders the Gene McCarthy role. Maybe, but one parallel he left out is the crime rate, which was a central issue in 1968, and which may well be by election day next year. Have you noticed that crime is “unexpectedly” rising fast after two »

Today’s Obligatory Trump Post (Updated)

Featured image I’m falling down on the job, and skipped our Daily Trump Post yesterday. Well here’s Jimmy Kimmel, offering up a pretty accurate rendition of a Trump campaign spot (about 1:30 long): »

The Socialist Dream Will Never Die (2)

Featured image A reader of my post last week on “The Socialist Dream Will Never Die” writes in reminding me of the late Leszek Kolakowski, the great Polish philosopher who broke with Communism in the 1970s, and produced the magisterial three-volume treatise, Main Currents of Marxism, originally published in 1978, when Communism and the Soviet Union were still on the march. Main Currents walked through the evolution of Marxism from before Hegel »

They’ve Messed with Seinfeld’s Lemonade!

Featured image The good folks at ReasonTV (the ones who produce so many of Remy Munasifi’s parody videos) are packing in their “Nanny of the Month” features, alas. The last one out today, however, notes a fresh outrage that I’ve tracked: shutting down little kid lemonade stands. Only this time, the stand they shut down in the Hamptons was run by Jerry Seinfeld and his kids: Seinfeld has had a lot to »

Surfing the Wave?

Featured image Surfers are perhaps the only souls more patient than fishermen; they’ll wait an hour for the perfect wave that might only yield a 20-second ride. And most common of all, when a set starts to roll in, is trying to peer over the top of the first wave to see if there’s a better “outsider” wave on the way. I got thinking of outsider waves when seeing the stunning results »

Venezuela in the Midwest

Featured image Illinois can’t pass a budget, and now can’t even pay out to lottery winners. When a state can’t even manage to pay out lottery winners. . . From Time magazine: Big-time Illinois Lottery winners aren’t getting the largesse. They’re getting left out. Without a state budget agreement two months into the new fiscal year, there’s no authority for the state comptroller to cut checks over $25,000. That means smaller winnings »

The Latest Frontier in Total Regulation

Featured image The most salient feature of what I and others call the “Administrative State” is its relentless logic that virtually every aspect of life should be subject in principle to regulation, and sooner or later in practice, too. Hence the crackdown on little kid lemonade stands and amateur magicians who keep rabbits, which I’ve commented upon previously. Call it the theory of “total regulation” if you like that better than the »

Sunday’s Obligatory Trump Post

Featured image Actually, I got nuthin’. So I’ll just post a funny video below of Darth Vader as rendered by Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Hat tip: JZ.) But other people have thoughts. S.E. Cupp argues that it not the weakness of the GOP establishment that explains Trump’s success, but rather the fact that he stands up to liberalism more robustly than anyone has for a long time (which is, again, a variation of Angelo »

Saturday’s Obligatory Trump Post [with note by Paul]

Featured image I can’t decide whether Trump is an agent of disruption recruited by the Clintons (a story that has been making the rounds for a while) or the best thing that could possibly have happened to Republicans for the 2016 cycle, though none of the other candidates, with the partial exception of Ted Cruz, seem to get it. First, note that all the early predictions that Trump would go the same »

The Week in Pictures: Groundhog Day Edition

Featured image Yeah, I know, it isn’t anywhere near February 2, but I go away for two weeks and I expect that some things might have changed while I was away. But no: the news is still: Trump, Trump, China, Trump, Hillary emails, Trump, the stock market, Trump, Biden??, Trump, Trump, NFL pre-season, Trump, and the Kardashians, whoever they are. Trump-Kardashian 2016? Or how about Trump-Jenner? And finally. . .   »

Exclusive: Should the GOP Steal Jefferson from Dems? [With Comment by John on Jackson]

Featured image One of my fellow cruisers on the Baltic Sea last week was Seth Lipsky of the New York Sun, who wrote a terrific column about 10 days ago for the New York Post arguing that since Democrats are giving up on Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson (because, at bottom, Democrats dislike and/or are ashamed of America’s history), Republicans ought to steal Jefferson away from them. Of course, Lincoln already did »

Hillary Doubles Down: Republicans Are Nazis, Too

Featured image So what happens when a politician says, “I am, you know, adamantly against illegal immigrants”? Oh wait, the person who said that was Senator Hillary Clinton, to WABC Radio’s John Gambling in a 2003 interview. Whatever. Today Hillary trumped (heh) her suggestion yesterday that Republicans are the moral equivalent of Islamic terrorists by suggesting the GOP are Nazis too, because “some” on “the other side” want to round up illegal immigrants »

Obama Lawlessness: Speaking of Science Fraud. . .

Featured image Last year we reported on the case of John Beale, the career EPA employee who was busted for fraud for claiming to be a covert CIA operative while bilking the EPA for years as one of its highest paid employees, who was spending his time at home figuring out how to, in his own words, “modify the DNA of the capitalist system…” Because government bureaucrats like Beale are just so »

Clinton vs. Clinton?

Featured image Over at Commentary today Noah Rothman raises a great question: by tacking left to reflect the current center of gravity in the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton is essentially repudiating the policy orientation of her husband’s presidency: Does Hillary Clinton believe her husband’s presidency set the Democratic Party back? . . . Hillary Clinton has been compelled on a variety of occasions to renounce her husband’s greatest achievements. In the wake of »

The Green Energy Scam Exposed by . . . Berkeley!?!

Featured image The Energy Institute at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley has posted a working paper entitled “The Distributional Effects of U.S. Clean Energy Tax Credits.” The paper is a devastating indictment of who’s getting Cecil the Lion’s share of the tax credits. If this were any other cause than “green energy,” the Left would be screaming about the redistribution of income from the middle »

Hillary: When You’ve Lost MSNBC. . .

Featured image Paul notes below the extremism of Hillary Clinton’s likening of Republicans to Islamic terrorists, but this morning MSNBC went off on Hillary. Money quote from Bloomberg reporter Mark Halperin: “If a Republican did this, the world would come to a halt.” Here’s the three-minute video: Keep in mind, however, the deep cynicism of the Clintons. By issuing this provocation, we’re not talking about her criminal actions over her emails today. Instead, we’re »

Behind Science Fraud, Chapter 10

Featured image Time to update our series on science fraud from a few months ago, with news of a blockbuster research review effort that is making waves this week. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports today: A decade ago, John P.A. Ioannidis published a provocative and much-discussed paper arguing that most published research findings are false. It’s starting to look like he was right. The results of the Reproducibility Project are in, »