Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Green Weenie of the Week: Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship

Featured image I was remiss last week in not bringing to everyone’s attention Robert Bryce’s splendid Wall Street Journal article about how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to allow wind energy producers to kill up to 4,200 bald eagles a year. It includes such gems as this: A 2013 study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin estimated that wind turbines killed about 888,000 bats and 573,000 birds (including 83,000 raptors) in 2012 »

Brexit, The Movie

Featured image I’ve been meaning to spend some time here talking about the “Brexit” vote coming up in the U.K. next month. It is the single most important political event in postwar Europe. Lots to say about this, but for anyone who doesn’t grasp that the Trump phenomenon is not limited to our shores, note that in Austria today, the election for the mostly ceremonial post of president is in a virtual »

The SNL Indicator

Featured image Saturday Night Live has done it again, with a fresh Hillary-Bernie sketch last night that rubs raw all of the jangling nerves of the Democratic Party contest. It’s another amazing indicator of how the Democratic race is suddenly more interesting than the Republican race. (Either that, or Trump is hard to satirize because the real thing is so entertaining.) »

Political Pilgrims, 21st Century Style

Featured image Back in the late 1970s the political scientist Paul Hollander performed a great public service with his book Political Pilgrims: Western Intellectuals in Search of the Good Society (still in print), in which he catalogued and eviscerated the naïve and mendacious leftists who always tromped off to the latest “people’s utopia” (Soviet Union, Cuba, Mao’s China, Albania, North Vietnam, even North Korea for a time, etc.) and came back proclaiming »

Green Weenie of the Week: The Portland School Board

Featured image The school board of Portland, Oregon, has passed a resolution banning any books that express any skepticism about climate change alarmism: The Portland Public Schools board unanimously approved a resolution this week that bans textbooks and other teaching materials that deny climate change exists or cast doubt on whether humans are to blame. It is unacceptable that we have textbooks in our schools that spread doubt about the human causes »

The Week in Pictures: Make Bathrooms Great Again Edition

Featured image The bathroom wars continue unabated, while the intensity of an intra-party feud threatens one of our major parties with likely defeat in November. You thought I meant Republicans? No—now it looks like the Democrats are the party that is going to come apart right in front of our eyes. That’s what happens when thieves fall out amongst themselves about the spoils. Hillary is getting so desperate she’s actually speaking kindly »

Epic Solar Power Fail Gets Even More Epic-er

Featured image Last we checked in on the $2.2 billion Ivanpah solar power facility out in the California desert, it was in danger of being shut down because it was failing to produce the promised amount of electricity, despite all that free desert sunshine. (Before that we reported on how it was merely incinerating birds by the hundreds.) Well it gets better. Yesterday Ivanpah managed the feat of setting itself on fire: »

Fracking Nonsense, Debunked

Featured image Environmentalists who once praised natural gas as a “bridge fuel” predictably turned against hydraulic fracturing because it made gas cheap, abundant, and profitable—the three cardinal sins of green energy. (The first principle of “green energy” is that it isn’t acceptable unless it requires buckets of taxpayer cash to keep afloat, which thereby limits its abundance over time. And generates lots of the other kind of “green” for Al Gore and »

The Endless Enigma of Donald Trump

Featured image Trump is likely to be puzzling us long after he finishes his second term in the White House (heh). Is he a would-be fascist, a mere authoritarian, a savvy “deal-maker,” or just an imperious narcissist? Or something else? Paul has already drawn our attention to Robert Kagan’s Washington Post article making the case that Trump is essentially a fascist. Fascism is a word that is hard to define with agreeable »

Today’s Hot Reads

Featured image 1. Did former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell really say that Trump would lose because there are more ugly women in America? Yes, he did: “Will he [Donald Trump] have some appeal to working-class Dems in Levittown or Bristol? Sure,” Rendell said. “For every one, he’ll lose one and a half, two Republican women. Trump’s comments like, ‘You can’t be a 10 if you’re flat-chested, that’ll come back to haunt him.'” »

Annals of Economic Illiteracy

Featured image My first mentor in journalism right out of college, the great M. Stanton Evans, liked to point to mainstream media coverage of inflation for examples of head-smackingly superficial grasp of the issues. Most stories about inflation would say something like, “The consumer price index rose 1 percent last month, led by increases in food, gasoline, and housing,” as though it is was the price increases themselves that caused inflation, rather »

Not Gonna Call These Gals, Part 2

Featured image Back in March we noted that the trailer for the forthcoming high-estrogen remake of Ghostbusters looked dreadful, and subsequently YouTube viewers marked down the trailer by a massive margin. There’s a new trailer out yesterday, and it looks even worse: Another sign, as Ed Driscoll and Glenn Reynolds like to point out, that Hollywood not only lacks news ideas, but now is losing its ability to re-do the better old »

James Madison’s Ultimate Test

Featured image Given the lack of confidence in either of the two major party presidential presumptive nominees, earlier today I tweeted out the following thought-provoker: What prompted this was a passage from another old unpublished lecture of Harry V. Jaffa from 1996 that I happen to have found during recent book research: [Madison] believed that the statesmanship of the wise and the good that went into the architecture of the Constitution would »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 36: “Frankfurters All the Way Down”

Featured image This episode of the Power Line Show features an interview with Michael Walsh about his fascinating recent book The Devil’s Pleasure Palace: The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the West. Walsh explains how most of the nihilistic radicalism of our time derives from the “Frankfurt School,” the group of mid-20th century emigre philosophers whose eclectic post-Marxist thought can be found at the root of nearly everything wrong »

Random Thoughts for a Wednesday Evening

Featured image 1. The old cliché holds that Republicans fall in line (behind the inevitable establishment candidate), while Democrats fall in love (with some renegade populist insurgent). This year the roles have been scrambled. Republican voters—a sufficient plurality anyway—fell in love with Donald Trump, while the Democratic base won’t fall in line behind Hillary. They are smitten with Bernie instead, and it’s the Republican establishment that is having trouble falling in line »

Better Living Through Chemistry: The Settled Science

Featured image If I still dressed up for trick or treat on Halloween, I think I’d don a costume for the most frightening thing imaginable to the Greenie left: I’d dress up as a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO). Go with Frankenfood when Frankenstein won’t do. Yesterday the National Academy of Sciences released a 407-page report on genetically engineered crops that debunks most of the frothier claims of the anti-GMO crusaders. From the »

Is Trump Actually Ahead of Hillary Already?

Featured image Think back to last year’s election in Britain, where the Tory Party ran well ahead of its polls on election day. The explanation for the polling gap was the existence of a large number of “shy Tories”—people who sided with the Conservative Party, but didn’t want to admit this to pollsters for a variety of reasons, the main one being an even more suffocating atmosphere of political correctness and media »