Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Nuclear Power Story-fied

Featured image One of the social media techniques in vogue with “millennials” is stitching together a number of Twitter posts to lay out a whole argument.  There’s even a website that will compile your tweets into a single one-stop-shopping post, called Storify.com. Michael Shellenberger of the Breakthrough Institute, a pro-nuclear power environmentalist (and also an “Ecomodernist“), put together this Storify panel on the wrongheaded environmentalist complicity in strangling nuclear power 40 years »

A Grab Bag of Reductio ad Absurdum

Featured image A few items from the “Laughter is the Best Medicine File” on this grim day. First, green joints but brown energy?  A friend of mine who lives in a Midwestern state that generates most of its electricity from coal wants to buy a Tesla so he can display the bumper sticker, “How do you like my coal-powered car?” Heh. But guess what: Colorado’s newly legal marijuana industry could be said »

Meanwhile, In Other News

Featured image In a startling turn of events, Greece yesterday capitulated fully to the European Union in terms much harsher than the terms the nation rejected a week ago in the referendum. Though more precisely everyone appears to have capitulated to Germany, as the French and Italians, among others, are reported to have supported more generous terms to Greece. So, perhaps the headline should be “Europe Capitulates to Germany.” Has a familiar »

How To Think About the Iran Deal in One Photo

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Back to the Ice Age—Again?

Featured image Just when you think the science of climate change is all settled and comfy, along comes news from the scientific community that we may be on the brink of an imminent “mini ice age.” Haven’t we seen this movie before? How long until a sequel to the population bomb comes out, and a remake of Soylent Green? (Previous attempts to remake Soylent have fizzled, but who knows. . .) Anyway, »

Media Alert: Bill Bennett Show Monday (Bumped)

Featured image UPDATED: There have been no changes to the lineup and topics for tomorrow morning, though when I get up (don’t ask what time), I’ll check on the latest news on the Greece crisis and the Iran talks.  Anyway, back to the original post: I’ll be guest hosting Bill Bennett’s radio show Monday morning from his Washington DC studios, from 6 – 9 am eastern time. My guests will include Kristin »

Is a Long Wave About to Break Back?

Featured image After the landslide election last November that left Republicans nationwide at their highest water mark in 75 years, it seemed conservatives had the wind at their back. Between the Supreme Court decisions, Obama’s good luck (so far), and the wild card of Donald Trump, suddenly the wind is out of our sails. But maybe not for long. One of the long-wave theories of our political cycles has it that Republican »

Lemonade Socialism Strikes Again

Featured image I think it might have been George Will who coined the term “lemon socialism,” but it is time once again to turn our attention to what I call “lemonade socialism.” I’ve written here before about how the culture of bureaucracy—which I and others alternatively call the “administrative state”—extends all the way down to local government, sometimes in forms even worse and more stupid that what you find in Washington DC, »

Unlocking Lochner

Featured image Don’t miss George Will’s column today, “The 110-Year-Old Case That Still Inspires Supreme Court Debates.” It’s about the infamous case of Lochner v. New York from 1906—the decision that struck down a New York state maximum hour law for bakers that elicited one of the most memorable single sentences of dissent in Supreme Court history, Oliver Wendell Holmes rant that “[t]he Fourteenth Amendment does not enact Mr. Herbert Spencer’s Social »

Soren Kierkegaard, Climatista?

Featured image Well, no, Kierkegaard thankfully died before global warming climate change began, or we’d have had tomes from him that went something like Either Coal/Or Wind, Carbon Sickness Unto Death, or Climate Fear and Trembling. But it turns out a number of climatistas are progressing from Kierkegaardian angst to total despair, and are suffering from “pre-traumatic stress disorder.” Indeed, you can’t make this up. Esquire magazine reports: Among climate activists, gloom »

The Week in Pictures: Greeced Skids Edition

Featured image Well, it looks like we’re in overtime for both the Iran nuclear talks and the Greek bailout comic opera. I think there’s secretly a race between the twin foreign policy establishments—ours from Foggy Bottom and the foggy-headed Eurocrat Brussel Spouts—to see who can make the worst possible deal. Prediction: the talks will be merged, and Iran will bail out Greece after sanctions are lifted, with a rocket base thrown in. »

Beware of Greeks Bearing Bonds

Featured image It appears Greece is slowly caving to the Germans, chiefly because the markets called the bluff of their tiny economy. Once it became evident that Greek default wouldn’t roil the world’s markets—bond spreads even on other weak Euro-states barely budged—Greece lost its leverage, despite the landslide referendum vote. (I think the market turmoil of China is much more significant at the moment.) But their leverage is not totally dissipated. Clearly »

Donald Trump, Immigration Wimp

Featured image Donald Trump is a wimp on immigration.  Say what?!?! Yup, he is. If he really wanted to disrupt the immigration debate in the country, he’d go way beyond calling for a fence, and raise the issue of “birthright citizenship.” It is a widespread practice these days—growing especially popular with rich Chinese—for expectant mothers to come to the U.S. and give birth here so that their children will be U.S. citizens, »

Things That Go Trump in the Night

Featured image Karl Rove notes this morning in his weekly Wall Street Journal column that Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are the “great disrupters” inside their parties, which is rather obvious, but Rove goes on to remind us that it is not wholly clear to which party, or which party’s principles, Trump really holds his loyalty or interest: Mr. Trump is hardly a die-hard conservative, having donated $314,300 to Democrats (including Sens. »

U.K. Utility Customers Are Not Amused

Featured image Illuminating (heh) story from this morning’s Wall Street Journal: Power Companies Are Overcharging U.K. Customers, Government Probe Finds LONDON—Britain’s six biggest power companies have been overcharging customers by about 5%, a U.K. government investigation said Tuesday, but the report blamed green-energy subsidies, a lack of competition and transparency and ineffective regulation for higher prices. (Emphasis added.) Only government can subsidize something and still make its retail price go up. Of »

Another Day, Another Leftist Fraud [With Comments by John on the Democrats’ “One Drop” Rule]

Featured image In what could be practically a daily feature, another case of Liberal Ethnic Identity Theft (LEIT-skinned??) has been uncovered. The Daily Caller has the story: Andrea Smith, a professor of media and cultural studies at the University of California at Riverside, has started to draw attention in the wake of the Dolezal incident from those who say she has for years falsely claimed to have Cherokee blood. The case is arguably »

Peter the Great for Our Time

Featured image Last night over 700 people gathered in Ashland, Ohio, to honor Peter Schramm, the long-time director of the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, and one of the great classroom teachers of our time. Peter has fought off cancer for the last several years, but a few weeks ago his doctor delivered a very grim diagnosis. His many friends didn’t want to wait passively on the sidelines. With a New Orleans »