Author Archives: Steven Hayward

California Suicide Watch, Part 3: Bring Back the Lunacy Commission?

Featured image With even the Los Angeles Times asking in an editorial, “How Can a Place with 58,000 Homeless People Continue to Function?“, perhaps it is worth looking back a hundred years or so to this section of California’s 1916 state budget, which proposed establishing a “Lunacy Commission” and a “Deportation Bureau” to send “insane” people back to their home states. The first line of the second paragraph below, in case you »

The Week in Pictures: Gun-Shy Edition

Featured image So let’s take stock. Trump suddenly expresses some sympathy for gun control measures, which puts #The Resistance in a bind, because you’re supposed to be against anything Trump is for. Maybe Trump is a really clever guy after all. Meanwhile, the media continue to discover new depths of ignorance when it comes to guns. They can’t even do fake gun news right! Now—can someone please suggest to Trump that American »

The Travails of Trump

Featured image Joseph Epstein wrote a terrific article in the Wall Street Journal earlier this week with the perfect headline: “The Only Good Thing About Trump Is All His Policies.” Just so. The Trump Administration has governed spectacularly in most respects, better than I had thought possible (until perhaps this week—more on that presently). It reminds me of the reverse of what my old mentor M. Stanton Evans used to say about »

Harshing the Immigration Narrative

Featured image The conventional wisdom about the near-collapse of the Republican Party in California is that Proposition 187 in 1994 doomed the party with Latino voters. Prop. 187 sought to bar illegal immigrants from eligibility for state social services; it passed by a comfortable margin and was struck down in federal court. I’ve long harbored doubts about this theme, in part because of how it is used as a cudgel against Republicans »

Today in Social Justice Panic

Featured image Today’s five-alarm social justice panic comes to us from the “Social Justice Team” at 8LimbsYoga in Seattle, which apparently has an inferiority complex to Portland or something. Not much commentary is required for this, so assuming your funny bone and the part of your larynx that produces laughter is suitably warmed up from your morning floor exercises, here goes: A LETTER FROM THE 8 LIMBS SOCIAL JUSTICE TEAM Dear Community, »

Conservatives Pass the Smell Test

Featured image Oh those wacky social scientists. In past years we’ve noted the social “science” findings that conservatives are supposedly paranoid, dumb, authoritarian (though in one celebrated case, the study gots its codes backwards and it was actually liberals who were all of these things), but also that conservatives are better looking than liberals, and even smell better, too. But it turns out—can you believe it?—that conservatives have a better sense of smell »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 59: Populism Sweeping Europe?

Featured image Steve Hayward catches up with Henry Olsen, who is over in London this week taking in the strange game that the Brits for some reason insist on calling “football,” just ahead of the upcoming general election in Italy where populist parties are expected to do well, and where German politics remain in disarray because of the populist eruption in their last general election. Meanwhile, Brexit continues to be a non-stop »

Neoliberal Madness

Featured image I thought it wasn’t possible to exaggerate the leftist derangement over “neoliberalism” that I mentioned yesterday in “The Perils of Neoliberalism.” Little did I know. This requires a brief preface. Of all the academic departments that are lost in the madness of ideological leftism, what you may not know is that one of the very worst of them is . . . geography. “Geography?? Isn’t that, like, the study of »

The Perils of “Neoliberalism”

Featured image Hang around a campus long enough and you’ll soon get wind of the great bête noir of the left these days: “Neoliberalism.” When I first started hearing the term, I thought back to the early 1980s, when old line liberals like Charlie Peters of the Washington Monthly were trying to work out a “neoliberal manifesto” to go up against the highly successful neoconservatism. In fact Peters and Philip Keisling produced a »

Monday in Pictures: Canadian Idiot Edition

Featured image While there may not be a true consensus about climate change, it appears that an iron consensus has been reached on another question: Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a complete buffoon. Barkha Dutt reports in the Washington Post: How did Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the world’s favorite liberal mascot — a feminist man, with movie-star good looks, a 50 percent female cabinet and a political lexicon that has replaced »

Media Correction of the Month

Featured image Sometimes you really have to wonder just how dumb reporters and editors at the Associated Press must be. This correction takes the prize perhaps for the whole year, though to be fair, given the quality of mind shown by the Broward County sheriff, I can understand why a reporter might write something so idiotic. But let it sink in anyway: Well, I suppose we should be grateful that it was »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 58: CPAC Recap and the Aftermath of Florida

Featured image John Hinderaker, just back from CPAC, joined me yesterday afternoon for Episode 58 of the Power Line Show, kicking around the controversies that arose over the guest speaker list for CPAC, but also talking about the frenzy in the aftermath of the Florida school shooting. I offer my argument for calling the liberal bluff about the “well-regulated militia” clause of the 2nd Amendment, and actually having volunteer militias, organized and »

The Week in Pictures: Blockchain Edition

Featured image So with this edition, Power Line and the Week in Pictures is going blockchain. I have no idea what that means, but I am sure that it means it will henceforth be very au courant, and shower us with virtual tokens, bitmaps, fitbits, blockcoins instead of round coins, and spontaneous pictures that will self-assemble themselves. And a new reason for some of our blockhead readers to get upset. Headlines of »

Deutschland Uber Nobody?

Featured image Did you know that Germany is now in its fifth month without a government? Frau Merkel, the colossus bestriding Europe according to Davosman, has been unable to gather a coalition with enough other parties to reach a governing majority in the Bundestag, since she rules out including the new Alternative for Germany Party (AfD), which has gone from nowhere to winning 92 seats in the last election, and which, according »

President Le Trump?

Featured image Over in France—enlightened, cosmopolitan, welcoming France; the country most American liberals wish we were more like—President Emmanuel Macron made the following announcement earlier this week: Migrants who cross the Alps from Italy to France face a year in jail under a tough new law announced by President Macron’s government yesterday. The bill, which is designed to curb illegal immigration, makes it a criminal offence to enter France without going through »

California Suicide Watch, Part 2

Featured image Last we checked in on California circling the drain (which I’m rechristening here as our “California Suicide Watch”), we passed along the story of Sharky Laguana (yes, that’s his real name) and his frustration with the San Francisco police who were unwilling to lend him any assistance to recover a van stolen from his rental fleet. I don’t know whether our mention helped or not (Sharky’s tweetstorm went viral), but »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 57: Fred Siegel Explains It All

Featured image Just in time for your Tuesday morning, post-Presidents’ Day holiday weekend commute, a podcast with the great Fred Siegel. Now, I know I overuse the adjective “great” about friends and people I admire, but it really does apply to Fred. Although he lives in Brooklyn, I vividly recall a phone call from Fred once back around the year 2000, in which he was asking for my view on some aspects »