Author Archives: Steven Hayward

How A College President Should Respond

Featured image The Wall Street Journal yesterday noted this passage from a 2005 interview with the late John Silber, who served as president and later chancellor of Boston University, about how he responded to student protests on campus in the 1970s and 1980s: Then they put up the shacks. I told the police, “Go ask them three questions: Do you have a title to the property? (They built them on our property, »

The Yale-Missouri Virus Is Spreading

Featured image Get ready for the next front in the campus social justice wars, this time at Claremont McKenna College. Here’s the complete text of an email being sent to the entire campus—sorry for the length, but the whole thing deserves to be seen more widely: Dear CMC Faculty, Staff, and Administrators, This is a call to action to respond to the inadequate institutional support for students of marginalized identities at CMC. »

The Fraudulence of the Campus Left

Featured image As a lot of people have suggested, no one at Yale can rightly claim to be “systemically oppressed” or subjected to the assaults of “privilege” by others.  The notion is laughable on its face. And then there is the University of Missouri graduate student hunger striker. I tweeted this morning that the headline could read, “Graduate Student Goes on Hunger Strike: Ramen Noodle Sales Plummet.” But lo and behold, the »

O’Reilly Versus Will, and Healey’s First Law of Holes

Featured image Regarding the ongoing feud between George Will and Bill O’Reilly, it is evident that O’Reilly has never heard of Healey’s First Law of Holes (coined by the British politician Denis Healey), which runs: “If you’re in one—stop digging.” O’Reilly lost no time in responding to Will’s latest column dismantling Killing Reagan, released yesterday afternoon. It is interesting that, just as he did with his on-air response to the Washington Post »

George Will on O’Reilly: Fire Two

Featured image George Will is just out this afternoon with a second column about Bill O’Reilly’s travesty of  a novel, Killing Reagan. If anything it is even more savage in dismantling O’Reilly than the first one. I wonder if O’Reilly will have Will on again for a second round on TV? I’m betting not. O’Reilly is a typical playground bully who runs from anyone able to stand up to him. You should »

Campus “Safe Space,” 1930s Edition

Featured image This is just too good to wait for Saturday’s photo line up (hat tip to reader LA for sending it along): And since today is the anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Marines, this is worth taking in today also:     »

Campus Brownshirts and the Shame of the Universities

Featured image Paul gets Power Line’s coverage of the appalling spectacle of the University of Missouri off to a good start, but there’s a lot more to be said about this shameful episode. I think it was Ramsay McDonald [Ed.: It was Clement Attlee.] whom Churchill described as “a sheep in sheep’s clothing.” The University of Missouri’s now former president Tim Wolfe is a Wolfe clothed as an even lower form of »

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Asks: Whither Islam?

Featured image Ayaan Hirsi Ali has a new article up in Foreign Policy magazine with the totally non-controversial title, “Islam Is a Religion of Violence.” Here she repeats several of the themes of her most recent book, which she dilated in her speech and conversation with me out in San Francisco last month. Despite this categorical title, she holds out some hope for an Islamic reformation that will lead to Islam adapting »

Bibi Brings It

Featured image Last night Power Line’s roving correspondents (that would be me and Scott—you can see how handsome we are nearby) turned up for the AEI dinner honoring Prime Minister Netanyahu with AEI’s Irving Kristol Award. And he did not disappoint. Rather than a formal speech, the Prime Minister had a conversation with AEI’s Dany Pletka. I was especially struck by his forthright embrace of the dilemmas of the responsible statesmen: “Most »

Inside Divestment

Featured image Today in New York the National Association of Scholars is releasing its latest report, Inside Divestment: The Illiberal Movement to Turn a Generation Against Fossil Fuels. You should be able to download a copy of the report or the summary version at the NAS website. The idea of demanding that colleges divest any stockholdings in companies that produce hydrocarbon energy (i.e., the energy that most colleges use as much as »

On Being a Happy Warrior

Featured image The good folks at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute fielded student questions for me recently about how to exist as a conservative at liberal universities, and the main point of the interview is that the most effective way to get under the skin of campus liberals is to be a happy warrior. Or just be happy, period. They really hate that. Here’s one excerpt from their “Office Hours” series: What was the »

Where is Sam Hayakawa When We Need Him?

Featured image With the madness at Yale spreading this week also to the University of Missouri (I’ll comment on that in a separate post), thoughts turned back to the late, great Sam Hayakawa—anyone remember him?—who stood up to the campus left at San Francisco State University back in 1969. Here’s my account of it from the first volume of The Age of Reagan: Berkeley’s eminent philosophy professor John Searle wrote in 1969 »

Piketty Has a Good Idea

Featured image Joke: What do you call someone obsessed with income inequality? “Nit-Piketty.” (Insert rim shot here.) But seriously folks, as we all know French neo-socialist economist Thomas Piketty electrified the left with his Capital in the 21st Century, which indeed seemed hard to distinguish in substance from Capital in the 19th Century, perhaps better known in the original German (Das Kapital). Right now, however, Piketty has an idea I rather like—with »

Cultural Appropriation, Hamilton Edition

Featured image As you know, the latest campus left outrage is “cultural appropriation,” i.e., such as when gringos (can white people use that word, or do we need permission from La Raza?) dress in sombreros and ponchos to mark Cinco de Mayo or some other recognition of Mexican culture. As you may also know, the hottest play on Broadway right now is “Hamilton,” in which a largely African-American and Hispanic cast dresses »

What the Yale Shame Should Teach Us

Featured image John offers a copious summary of the embarrassment of Yale students protesting against an email that suggested they lighten up about Halloween costumes. Will this constitute a tipping point against this campus silliness? Of course it won’t. Much of the justly deserved criticism directed at the perpetually aggrieved concerns their rubbishing of free speech and dissent from leftist orthodoxy. (One student actually wrote in the Yale Herald that “Christakis needs »

Power Line’s Guide to the Paris Climate Talks (1)

Featured image As previously promised (or threatened), we’ll be all over the UN climate talks starting in Paris in a few weeks. Already it is possible to predict that the near-certain climate agreement will be a substantive farce, but will be hailed as a planet-saving breakthrough. It will follow the familiar script we’ve seen in every previous UN climate summit stretching all the way back to Kyoto: hard bargaining, deadlock, all-night talks, »

Sass and Sense from Ben Sasse

Featured image We first took note of Ben Sasse two years ago before it was clear that he had a political career ahead of him, and this week Sen. Sasse delivered his maiden speech on the Senate floor. As we noted at the time, Sasse, Ph.D from Yale in history, knows how to challenge liberal narratives on a deep level. His whole speech is worth reading, or viewing in its entirety below, »