Author Archives: Steven Hayward

The Bottomless Ignorance of Barack Obama

Featured image Liberals have gushed from the beginning on how brilliant Barack Obama is, and point from time to time to the fact that he was a professor of constitutional law (!) at the University of Chicago, one of the nation’s premier law schools. Of course, if you actually check on what he taught there, it was trendy lefty stuff like a course entitled “Race and the Law” (I have a friend »

Civil War on the Left, Part 23

Featured image Right now President Obama and the usual liberal hive are agitating mightily against the supposed racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia of Republicans (and at least one Democratic governor) who are opposed to accepting more Syrian refugees. But a few liberals are breaking from the party line, starting with Kevin Drum at Mother Jones: Liberals Should Knock Off the Mockery Over Calls to Limit Syrian Refugees Here’s the thing: to the average »

After Paris: A Roundup

Featured image It is sport for conservatives to mock France—who can resist “cheese-eating surrender monkeys”?—but in fact when the French get serious they are capable of serious things. I still get a warm fuzzy feeling thinking about the time French intelligence blew up the Rainbow Warrior in 1985, the Greenpeace “protest” ship that was almost certainly infiltrated by the KGB. “Anonymous” reminds us over at the Claremont Review of Books, [W]hoever rules »

The Spreading Virus: Kansas Edition

Featured image Now playing at the University of Kansas. From the Associated Press: LAWRENCE, Kan. — Racial tensions are growing at the University of Kansas with a call for three top Student Senate leaders to resign and a recent graduate initiating a hunger strike. The Senate’s Student Executive Committee is demanding that Student Body President Jessie Pringle, Student Body Vice President Zach George and Chief of Staff Adam Moon step down by »

Trump: Where’s the Beef?

Featured image Walter Mondale began his comeback against Gary Hart in 1984 by borrowing from the TV ad sensation of the moment—Clara Peller’s famous Wendy’s ad that ended with “Where’s the beef?” (Hart had talked endlessly about “new ideas,” but never seemed be able to name one of them that amounted to anything.) Trump is not going to let that happen to him! He’s got the beef. Literally: I’d be curious to »

The Spreading Virus: Amherst Caves

Featured image Up to this point I thought the Best Performance of Cowardly Cravenness in a College President would go to CMC president Hiram Chodosh, but it appears Amherst’s president, Biddy Martin, wants the crown, too. Here’s Martin’s lugubrious letter responding to student demands distributed yesterday: November 15, 2015 Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and Families, On Thursday night I attended a student-organized protest against racism and other entrenched forms of prejudice »

The Spreading Virus, Yale Postscript

Featured image Before the commotion at Yale over Halloween costumes recedes into the rearview mirror, let’s get a closer look at one episode that has drawn only peripheral attention. By coincidence, the William F. Buckley Program at Yale was having a conference on the subject of threats to freedom of speech on campus at the same time the Safe Space Cadets (SSCs) were having their meltdown. One of the speakers, Greg Lukianoff »

The Spreading Virus, Amherst Update

Featured image UPDATE to the UPDATE: It turns out that @AmherstUprising is apparently a parody Twitter account! I know what you’re thinking: how can you tell? It has, as Stephen Colbert would say, a sense of “truthiness” about it. Well done, whoever you are. The student movement does call itself “Amherst Uprising,” but their “official” Twitter feed is @UprisingAmherst. (Or is it authentic? Perhaps it’s the Judean People’s Front against the People’s »

The Week in Pictures: Missouri Loves Company Edition

Featured image The most squalid week in American higher education since the 1960s closed out with student protesters at the University of Missouri complaining that the Paris terror attacks was taking away from their publicity. Even more reason they should all be expelled, along with every professor of grievance studies. Let’s hope someone—maybe even us, but more likely the French—soon deprives ISIS of any safe space. And finally. . .   »

The Spreading Virus, Claremont Update (3)

Featured image It’s pretty clear that Claremont’s Dean of Faculty, Peter Uvin, belongs out on the barricades with the student protesters. Having helped push Dean of Students Spellman out the door, yesterday he sent the following email to Claremont faculty letting them know that re-education camp is in their future, as well as the corruption of the curriculum: Dear members of our community, Yesterday afternoon, a large group of faculty met for »

The Spreading Virus, Part 6

Featured image A reader at the University of Nebraska passes along this campus-wide email: Subject: From Chancellor Perlman re: Social media disclaimer A screen capture of a Facebook exchange has been circulating on social media, and as common as that is, in this particular case it warrants this note. In this exchange, one person, whose name is listed as Joey Simpson, uses derogatory and racist language. Another person asks:  “Aren’t you affiliated with »

The Spreading Virus, Claremont Update (2)

Featured image The three-minute video below shows the limits of “toleration” and “diversity” when an Asian student at Claremont McKenna College gets shut down for going off-script by saying that “black people can be racist, too.” Obviously she hasn’t had the proper instruction in oppression theory: That’s the president of the college, by the way, standing supine as this goes down. Meanwhile, the Claremont Independent has published a splendid editorial, “We Dissent,” »

The Spreading Virus, Claremont Update (1)

Featured image Events have been unspooling so fast at Claremont McKenna College that it is hard to keep up. The dean of students has resigned. A female Asian student was shut down at one of the student rallies when she went off-script. And the conservative campus paper, the Claremont Independent, has published a terrific rejoinder to the kampus krazies. (I’ll post these in a separate item.) Keep in mind, first, that Claremont »

The Spreading Virus, Part 5 [With Mascot Commentary by John]

Featured image Now playing at Amherst College. Something called “Amherst Soul,” which describes itself as an “uprising,” has posted the following demand manifesto. It includes a deadline of next week for compliance, or—what? (Special attention to the most fascistic demands in bold. Also—does Amherst have a football team?) Submitted by Amherst Uprising  – a collective of students on campus who came together as a result of the sit-In organized in Frost Library on 11/12/15. »

The Poop Swastika: Clearly “Cultural Appropriation”

Featured image Sorry readers, I’m just feeling backed up getting the whole Missouri “poop swastika” incident behind me, though when you think about it, the poop swastika is the perfect symbol of the constipated thinking of the campus left. (And perhaps a great name for a punk rock bar band.) Anyway, I wondered the same thing John did in his comment to my post yesterday: Isn’t this an anti-Semitic hate crime? Which »

The Poop on the Poop Swastika [With Comment by John]

Featured image It appears the infamous University of Missouri “poop swastika” is authentic—which still doesn’t mean it isn’t a hoax. The police have released their report, and photos. In the interest of keeping Power Line from becoming a crappy site, I won’t repost the photos here. If you want to see them, wander over to our friends at The Federalist, who have been chasing after the story. (I was just telling Ben »

The Spreading Virus, Part 3

Featured image I expect that panicked college administrators will not wait for the petitions and protests to roll up on their front door, and will begin preemptively apologizing and emoting in politically correct ways. I didn’t have to wait long. Here’s what circulating today at Emory University from president James Wagner and the dean of campus life: Dear Emory: Dr. King’s often-quoted and powerful observation that “injustice anywhere is a threat to »