Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Sir Roger Scruton on Brexit

Featured image I don’t know why I didn’t think of looking weeks or months ago to see what SIR Roger Scruton had to say about the Brexit question, but naturally it turns out he said quite a lot, and all of  it sensible. This video from last December is very short, obviously on a continental TV show, and he explains that the Brexit question is much less economical than political and cultural: »

Do You Feel the Johnson?

Featured image Forget “Feel the Bern.” Do you “Feel the Johnson”? As in Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate for president? The Johnson-Weld ticket is the most serious ticket the Libertarian Party has ever nominated, which to be sure is like being the tallest building in Wichita, but still, if ever the Libertarian ticket might actually contend it is this year. I’ve been saying for a while that if Johnson, who can »

Savoring the Brexit Freakout

Featured image The collective freakout by the elites finds no better expression than in the indignation of CNN’s execrable Christiane Amanpour, who gets smacked back quite effectively by the impressive Daniel Hannan: »

Follow the Science, They Say

Featured image When it comes to the climate uber alles crowd, environmentalists insist we “follow the science.” Well let’s see whether Greenpeace follows this science. This morning in Washington DC there will be a press conference where a petition by 107 Nobel laureate scientists will call on Greenpeace to cease its reactionary opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The Washington Post reports: 107 Nobel laureates sign letter blasting Greenpeace over GMOs By »

The FBI Investigation of Hillary: Is the Fix In?

Featured image Now I know what you’re thinking based on this headline: Of course the fix is in, you idiot! What makes you think the Obama Administration will allow the First Woman President to be indicted for mere sloppiness about emails? And then there’s this breaking story out of Arizona this morning: Loretta Lynch, Bill Clinton meet privately in Phoenix PHOENIX – Amid an ongoing investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of email and »

The European Union: What Went Wrong

Featured image The migrant crisis is thought to be the chief precipitating event behind the shocking UK Brexit vote outcome, along with the general sense that the European Union and its ever expanding bureaucracy and high-handed intrusiveness is becoming intolerable. But remember that the decision to hold a referendum in Britain was made three years ago, after several years of agitation by EU critics, who are not limited to just the UK. »

Chronicle of Higher Education Beclowns Itself

Featured image A few days back I reported here on the Chronicle of Higher Education symposium to which I contributed on what a “Trump 101” course syllabus might look like, noting that some of the commenters complained that there was  “Not much diversity in the faculty or the authors of the readings,” and adding that “I’m not sure how much more diverse in ideology you can get than [Harvey] Mansfield and Alan »

Brexit Week in Pictures

Featured image There’s just so much good material on Brexit piling up that it can’t wait for Saturday. So here’s “Brexit Week in Pictures.” Enjoy! And finally (okay, so there’s no gun, but this is close enough for Brexit work, as it explains why Brexit won): »

Liberalism’s All-Purpose, Universal Scam

Featured image You may have missed the story yesterday of the arrest over the weekend of civil rights bit player Walter Fauntroy, who returned over the weekend from what the Washington Post described as a “four-year sojourn in the Persian Gulf,” where he had fled to skip out on a $55,000 tab for an inauguration party he held for Barack Obama back in 2009: In January 2012, Fauntroy left the United States »

Nigel Farage Takes a Victory Lap at the EU

Featured image It has been great fun watching Nigel Farage flay the European Parliament these last few years usually to looks of derision, and here he is today taking a well-earned victory lap in front of his future former colleagues, who are not amused—so much so that the speaker of the parliament has to tell the crowd to settle down. (I especially like “I know that virtually none of you have ever »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: Darth Vader Studies [With Comment by John]

Featured image Just when you thought the Star Wars prequels couldn’t get any worse. You knew something like this was out there (“out there” in both senses of the term) in the journal Communication, Culture, and Critique: Darth Vader Made Me Do It! Anakin Skywalker’s Avoidance of Responsibility and the Gray Areas of Hegemonic Masculinity in the Star Wars Universe Joshua Atkinson (Bowling Green State University) and Bernadette Calafell (University of Denver) In this essay, we »

First They Came for My Commode . . .

Featured image If you want to understand why Brexit passed and why more revolts from us peasants are likely ahead, take in this story from The Telegraph today: EU to launch kettle and toaster crackdown after Brexit vote The EU is poised to ban high-powered appliances such as kettles, toasters, hair-dryers within months of Britain’s referendum vote, despite senior officials admitting the plan has brought them “ridicule”. The European Commission plans to unveil long-delayed »

The End of the “End of History”?

Featured image On Friday morning I happened to have breakfast in the Bay Area with a center-left writer of some prominence who was once a conservative, who, surveying the wreckage of the Brexit vote alongside the decay of liberalism under Hillary and Bernie, sighed that “I’ll probably end up a conservative again.” Since it was a private conversation I won’t say who this person was, but suffice it to say he’s attacked »

Loose Ends (9)

Featured image • Those madcap travel agents at The Nation have another excursion for you if you’re not interested in seeing the Soviet Union Russia with their unique perspective. This time The Nation wants to take you to Cuba, where “We will spend our days meeting with prominent Cuban professors, government officials, physicians, community activists, farmers, urban planners, business owners, journalists, and artists. Our evenings will be filled with exclusive concerts by »

One More Thing About Brexit

Featured image Well, one more thing, but surely not the last. Anyway, if you think there are parallels between sentiment in Britain and in the U.S., and recall how Margaret Thatcher’s victory in 1979 was a harbinger of Reagan’s victory the following year, consider this: If Boris Johnson is the next prime minister of Britain, and Trump is the next president of the United States, they’ll have something in common beyond ideology. »

Sense on Guns from . . . The NYRB?

Featured image Ordinarily you wouldn’t expect much accuracy or sense in an article about guns and gun control from the New York Review of Books, but there it is, in David Cole’s review of three new gun books in the current edition. In particular, this: Congress has not passed a gun control law since it sought to ban assault weapons in 1994, and that law proved largely ineffectual. It is remarkably difficult »

Brexit: The Gift That Will Keep on Giving

Featured image We’ve already had plenty of coverage here about the elite left’s unhinged whingeing about the Brexit vote, and I predict the Brexit vote will become for Europolitans what the sainted Citizens United decision is for lefties here in the U.S—a source of perpetual rage and blame for everything that bothers them about human existence in the 21st century. I had thought that the scare campaign would succeed, and indeed between »