Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Full-Frontal Environmentalism: We Knew It All Along

Featured image There’s an old line that environmentalists are “watermelons”—green on the outside, red on the inside. A lot of environmentalists will take great offense if you say this: No no! We like economic growth and capitalism just fine! We just want it to be “sustainable,” whatever that means. And don’t ask for specificity about what “sustainability” means in detail, unless you have a lot of time and a full bottle of »

Foreign Policy Mulligan

Featured image John and Paul are both working on reactions to Obama’s speech as I type–and maybe we’ll actually have the first ever Power Line competition to post first on Obama’s latest divot, I mean pivot, to jobs in a speech about foreign policy.  What was that about?  (Actually I see John already beat me to it.  Hey Scott: Care to play too, or is it past your bedtime?) Someone emailed before »

ISIS: What Would Churchill Do?

Featured image Power Line has come into possession of a transcript of a recent telephone conversation between President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron, who, as everyone knows, has been way out in front of Obama in judging the seriousness of the problem posed by the rise of ISIS. Obama: Hey Dave, it’s Barry. How you likin’ those groovy tunes on that iPod I gave you at the G-8? Cameron: Barry! »

From the Archives: House GOP Leadership Then and Now

Featured image Found another old videotape, this one from the summer of 1989, when I still had ALL of my hair, and used to moonlight on a local PBS public affairs program during my final years in graduate school.  This nearly five-minute clip is useful for one current purpose: putting into comparative context the complaints many people (including many of our loyal readers) have today about House GOP leadership.  I have from »

What If They Gave A Climate Conference and Nobody Showed Up?

Featured image We keep hearing that climate change is the worstest most serious epic crisis ever to face the United Federation of Planets the world. At least that’s what 97 percent of somebodys say. And also a former vice president and presidential candidate, who somehow forgot to tell us this during his long presidential campaign some years back. Well, the UN’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is convening a major “Leaders Climate Summit” »

Whale of a Tale

Featured image So everyone knows that mankind hunted whales nearly to the brink of extinction, etc., etc. So what has happened since whaling was finally discontinued, which didn’t happen until as late as 1971 for some species such as the blue whale? Nature magazine reported last Friday: Blue whales along the US west coast seem to have recovered from decades of hunting, surprising researchers and regulators who had listed them as threatened. »

Has The World Gone Mad?

Featured image Well, yes, of course, it has.  The only reason to ask the question again is to see what new and outrageous form of madness has bubbled to the surface this week. How about the Ray Rice situation? Whether he deserved to be banished from the Ravens, and perhaps the entire NFL, is fodder for bar room arguments when ESPN Sports Center is droning the background. Surely the NFL mishandled this »

Udall or Udull?

Featured image During my recently concluded year as an inmate at the University of Colorado at Boulder I took note of Senator Mark Udall, now running a close race for re-election against a spirited challenge from Rep. Cory Gardner. Udall, who, like the other senator named Mark struggling for re-election, is trading mostly on a family name, struck me as an especially mediocre version of the species Liberalis Americanus, so much so »

Reaganpalooza, Part 2

Featured image Since I’m going video-heavy this week, might as well flag the second installment of my turn on “The American Mind” with Charles Kesler, talking more about the Gipper, and how the Gipper came to be the Gipper in the first place.  About 12 minutes long.  (Part 1 of this show here.) »

Even Jon Stewart Sees That Pryor Is a Posterior

Featured image File this one under “Pryor Analytics,” or why Mark Pryor is a horse’s posterior.  Even Jon Stewart can’t get over how pathetic Pryor’s latest “Ebola” attack at on Tom Cotton is (just 30 seconds long): »

Strangest Story of the Week

Featured image We all know that the Christian faith is slowly dying out in most of Europe, but did you happen to catch the Wall Street Journal story last Tuesday about how Germany taxes churchgoers, and how a proposed hike in the tax on churchgoers is expected to reduce church attendance even further? Here’s the lede: FRANKFURT—In Germany, being an official church member usually means paying an extra tax. But a change »

From the Archives: Smart Growth Then, Climate Now?

Featured image Rummaging through an old box yesterday I stumbled across an old videotape of a speech I gave way back around 1999 or 2000 at a conference of the Hubert Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota, and I decided, what the heck, I’ll digitize it and throw it up here for several purposes. First, the jokes killed.  Even with a liberal audience.  (I was about the sole conservative on the »

The Week in Pictures: Obama Gets a Henge Edition

Featured image So Obama visited Stonehenge after his NATO summit in Wales.  About time the guy gets down with a henge, don’t you think?  Actually, it seems only fitting that this absurd “Spinal Tap” presidency should finally link up with the spot that, as cultural anthropologist Nigel Tufnel put it, surely presages what historians of the far distant future will say about the Obama Administration: “No one knows who they were or »

The Decline of the West, From Henry to Hillary

Featured image Henry Adams remarked that the progression of presidents from George Washington to Ulysses S. Grant singlehandedly disproved the theory of evolution. That was grossly unfair to Grant, but it should be adapted to our current and previous secretaries of state (Kerry and Clinton) compared to Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, let alone—oh I don’t know, why am I tempted to say John Quincy Adams? If you want to see the »

Hayward Versus Hayward

Featured image So I’m walking the library stacks in the graduate library last night—because randomly walking library stacks is a practice that should not be abandoned in the internet age—and what should I stumble across by accident but a slim volume that read on the spine: Hayward, Constitutional Environmental Rights. From Oxford University Press. Bargain: only $43.99 on Kindle! This is certainly a curiosity: a book with two of my major interests »

Breaking: DC Circuit Vacates Obamacare Decision

Featured image Call this the first fruits of the Obama-Reid plan to pack the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.  The DC Circuit has just vacated its July 22 decision in Halbig v. Burwell that struck down the federal subsidies for Obamacare in states that did not set up exchanges as the clear language of the statute said.  The DC Circuit will now hear the case en banc, which likely favors a reversal »

Epstein on Paul

Featured image It is hard to top Richard Epstein when it comes to thinking through the strengths and weaknesses of classical liberalism (his preferred term to “libertarianism”), and his book last year, The Classical Liberal Constitution, is a treatise for the ages.  (But if you don’t have time for this long a book, get his very short and very excellent How Progressives Rewrote the Constitution.)  Actually, at the risk of offending a »