Author Archives: Steven Hayward

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 »

News For Seattle Area Readers

Featured image For our Seattle area readers (that would be you, Michael Sheldon, among others), mark your calendar for lunch on Monday, September 15.  I’ll be speaking for the Chapman Center for Citizen Leadership, a project of the Discovery Institute in honor of its founder, Bruce Chapman—an old pal and all around great guy. Local talk radio host John Carlson—another old pal—will be the master of ceremonies, which guarantees we’ll have mucho »

More Mush from the Wimp

Featured image It sounded for a little while this morning as though Obama had woken up, maybe even had a bowl or two of Wheaties.  The headline comment from him was “The bottom line is this:  Our objective is clear and that is to degrade and destroy ISIL so it is no longer a threat.”  But ABC News noted that he’s spent the rest of the day backing away or qualifying this »

Obama’s (G)Rand Strategy, Part 2

Featured image One of the most damaging media hits on Gerald Ford back in the 1970s was the New York Daily News headline, “Ford to City: Drop Dead.”  Well, behold tomorrow’s Daily News front page: The other day I was hard on Rand Paul for being close to Obama in some respects on foreign policy.  Yet Friday he came out much more strongly than Obama on the need to do something serious »

At Least They’re Not Blaming Bush

Featured image Paul notes immediately below that it is unlikely that Fred Ryan, the former Reagan aide who has just been named the new publisher of the Washington Post, will make any serious changes to the Post’s ideological profile, or he wouldn’t have been picked. It will be fun, though, to watch low-information liberals (but I repeat myself) react to the headline “Former Reagan Aide Named Publisher of the Post.” Who could »

Cheap Grace, Expensive Suits

Featured image There are certain TV preachers who shall go unnamed who peddle an updated version of the “prosperity gospel” in which faith leads to riches and happiness—just like that! To be fair, there’s a secular version of this coming from the academic pulpit as well, in the guise of “happiness research.” But in both cases, I wonder why the preachers need such expensive suits to promote what Bonhoeffer rightly called “cheap »

Democrats: Still Seeking the Bottom of the Low Road

Featured image Fred Barnes notes in The Weekly Standard that “Democrats Take the Low Road” in their desperation to keep their Senate majority. Ratifying that judgment is the New York Times, which includes a story today entitled “At Risk in Senate, Democrats Seek to Rally Blacks.” The subhed is even more revealing: “Move to Channel Anger.” (Note: this subhed doesn’t appear on the online version of the story; it’s just in the »

Uber Meets Liberalism Uber Alles

Featured image There are days when I wonder whether Salon is for real, or whether it’s an elaborate gag, similar to the theory that all of Paul Krugman’s and Tom Friedman’s columns are actually written by a bunch of madcap interns at the Heritage Foundation wondering how long it will take New York Times readers to figure out. We’ve commented here before about how Uber, the app-based car service, is catching on »

Obama’s (G)Rand Strategy?

Featured image There is a decent case to be made that the United States is overextended in the world, or that the United States should not be, as the simpleminded phrase has it, the “world’s policeman.” Even short of that view, we often overestimate our capacities for intervening and controlling events in chaotic places like Libya. I thought Obama was actually correct to stay out of Syria, though if so he should »