Author Archives: Steven Hayward

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 »

Penn State vs. The State Penn?

Featured image I used to joke that it costs as much to house an inmate in the California state prison system as it would to send the same person to Stanford, but that sending the inmate to Stanford (at least in the humanities) would be bad for the inmate. Turns out this may not be such a joke after all. I missed the story a couple weeks ago about a debate staged »

The Weak in Pictures: Putin Clocks Obama Edition

Featured image There are times when President Obama looks weak, and then there are times when President Obama looks like he’s on the other side. Has a president ever been so humiliated by the actions of an adversary? Putin must wonder how pathetic Obama and his team really are. I expect he’ll send along a “reset” button some day. He’s already resetting the Soviet-era hegemony over parts of Eastern Europe and the »

Power Line Visits Grand Rapids, Celebrates Gerald Ford

Featured image I’m just back from a whirlwind day and a half in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I took in the annual meeting of the State Policy Network and delivered a few brief remarks at the Roe Award dinner Thursday night. I was present at one of the early meetings of SPN in the late 1980s with the late Tom Roe of South Carolina. He had a vision to spread a network »

Well, Rats: Oceans Not Dying After All

Featured image One of the leading talking points of the climatistas is that we’re going to turn to oceans into giant acid vats that will melt your toes off if we don’t turn over our car keys to Al Gore. Well, Science magazine this week reports a whole lot of cold salt water on the theory. Here’s the full squib: Resilience of the oceans revealed   Shahid Naeem Earth will witness a massive »

Obama and Guns: Then and Now

Featured image John has already noted Obama’s demagoguery about guns yesterday, where Obama praised the Australian decision 20 years ago to confiscate certain guns. (Question: how is that the proposal to deport 11 million illegal aliens is said to be impossible, but confiscation of millions of guns isn’t? I’m sure the drug gangs will be the first to comply with such a program.) Here’s Obama in 2008: “I just want to be »

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 »