Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Why Socialism Can’t Make a Sandwich

Featured image Last month I took note of the curious fact that many people find Friedrich Hayek’s classic 1945 essay “The Use of Knowledge in Society” difficult or opaque at first, including even economic geniuses like Thomas Sowell and Russ Roberts. This month happens to be the 70th anniversary of the publication of that essay, and our friends at the Fraser Institute in Canada have begun a video series starring Don Boudreaux »

Trump vs. Putin?

Featured image As I watched Vladimir Putin run circles around Obama last night on 60 Minutes, I got to realizing why Donald Trump may be the only person who can match up to Putin. Trump is the only candidate who can match Putin’s macho, chick-magnet act. Here’s Trump, for example, with his prospective national security council: And here is the posse described as “Putin’s Army”: But can Trump match this hacktastic music »

Follow Up: Peeling the Onion of Socialism

Featured image One of the first pre-requisites for being a socialist is having no sense of humor. I’d really love to see a reporter ask Bernie Sanders to name his favorite standup comic, and watch him default to “Who has time to laugh when the middle class is being decimated by Wall Street! Socialist lives matter!” That’s why lefties won’t get this old bit from The Onion: Marxists’ Apartment A Microcosm Of »

The Mystery of Pope Francis: Was There a Vatican Coup?

Featured image One thing that that has puzzled a lot of people since the selection of Pope Francis two years ago is how a left-leaning Pope could succeed two very serious conservative Popes—John Paul II and Benedict XVI—who you would have thought had stacked the ranks of the Cardinals with clergy that would perpetuate their theological and philosophical outlook. Was Benedict hounded out of office by some kind of internal Vatican scandal »

Hillary vs. Hillary

Featured image Props to Chuck Todd for putting together the following montage of Hillary Clinton’s “flexibility” on her positions on the Iraq War, gay marriage, and the Keystone pipeline for Meet the Press this morning. And see if you think her answers are the least bit convincing—especially the last bit about not understanding the “dirtiness” of Canadian oil. (About 3 minutes long.) »

Taking the Pope to School

Featured image A number of people have pointed out that one of the problems with Pope Francis’s views about “capitalism” is that he’s never actually seen it, as his home nation of Argentina (along with much of the rest of Latin America) practices what is better understood as “corporatism,” which is crony capitalism on steroids—not even capitalism at all. Ian Vasquez of the Cato Institute, citing the database of the invaluable HumanProgress »

What Next for the House? (Take 2)

Featured image John has offered his opinion that the House GOP should have little to fear if they force Obama to veto a continuing resolution that omits funding for Planned Parenthood, thereby causing a government shutdown. This may be correct, though I have my doubts it would work out well for Republicans. We’ve had this argument before on Power Line, so readers needn’t send in comments that the 2013 shutdown didn’t seem »

Feminist SJW’s Can Dish It Out, But Can’t Take It

Featured image Major props to Steven Crowder for bringing to our attention this splendid six-minute video from the Times of London which shows a typical specimen of entitled feminist radicalism taking a predictable personal swipe at the Designated White Male Oppressor on the panel, at which point the Designated White Male Oppressor gives it back tenfold, resulting in a total rout. At which point the organizers call a halt to the panel, and »

The Week in Pictures: Pope and Dope Edition

Featured image So the Pope was in Washington this week. That means he got to meet our Dope. Actually lots of dopes: Kerry, Biden, etc. Well, at least I didn’t hear the street vendors were selling “Pope on a Rope Soap,” which—I am not making this up—you could get when Pope John Paul II first visited Washington in 1979. In fact I heard there was notably less papal swag for sale on »

Trump Versus Volkswagen?

Featured image Opening question: what is sinking faster—Trump’s poll ratings, or Volkswagen’s stock price? Looks to be a close call. Here’s Trump’s poll numbers: Trump’s poll line is what stock market technical analysis would call a “head and shoulders” shape, which means he’s headed down further. Meanwhile, here’s VW’s stock chart: There are parallels between Trump and VW if you think about it for a moment. VW’s spew yuuuuge amounts of NOx »

Feel Good Story of the Day

Featured image If you’re an old FM radiohead from southern California, and especially if you slum it around the low end of the dial, down below even where the NPR stations lurk, you will be familiar with KPFK, the flagship station of the very left-wing Pacifica Radio. I tune in from time to time just to get a good chortle over their latest Chomskyite Zinnsanity. Well, KPFK and other Pacifica stations are »

Breaking: Boehner Resigning

Featured image News is breaking this morning that House Speaker John Boehner is stepping down as Speaker and resigning from Congress at the end of October, which, as the New York Times is reporting, is “throwing Congress into chaos as it tries to avert a government shutdown. Mr. Boehner made the announcement in an emotional meeting with his fellow Republicans on Friday morning.” I’m sure within the next few hours the full story will »

WGN TV: Ignorance, Mendacity, or Willful Cluelessness?

Featured image Quite a number of commenters, and several email correspondents, have suggested that I was too generous in attributing WGN TV’s appalling Yom Kippur graphic to ignorance, and suggest active mendacity as a likely explanation. Perhaps someone on the WGN graphics staff did it on purpose for his or her own motives; it will be interesting to see if the results of WGN’s internal investigation are shared with the public and »

Bush League De-Regulation?

Featured image Yesterday Jeb Bush took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to outline what he would do to attack overregulation if he becomes president. He rightly calls it “the regulation tax,” and cites good scholarship on the enormous toll regulation is taking on economic growth. Indeed I think regulatory reform is more important than tax reform, though they are not mutually exclusive—so why not both? Samples: It’s time we »

Two Clues for the GOP

Featured image Two news items from the Gallup Poll folks ought to be providing a screaming clue to the GOP: Item #1: Half in U.S. Continue to Say Gov’t Is an Immediate Threat PRINCETON, N.J. — Almost half of Americans, 49%, say the federal government poses “an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens,” similar to what was found in previous surveys conducted over the last five years. When »

Epic Media Fail of the Year

Featured image John and I, as the Christian half of the Judeo-Christian ethos of Power Line, wish our Jewish friends and readers heartfelt best wishes on their observance of Yom Kippur. So, too, did WGN TV in Chicago, except that in the most epic media fail of all time, they used a Nazi era symbol on their broadcast to mark the holiday: Really—is the entire newsroom staff at WGN that ignorant? Apparently »

Green Energy Failure of the Week

Featured image Anyone remember the radon scare of the late 1970s and early 1980s? One of the typically perverse outcomes of that era was the finding that insulating houses actually increased radon levels in homes because it reduced ventilation. Of course, as so often is the case, we later recognized that the radon hazard was way overblown—even the New York Times figured this out by the late 1980s. Another “I-told-you-so” moments for »