Author Archives: Steven Hayward

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 »

Cruz Control?

Featured image Of the entire GOP presidential field, I think the candidate with the best or most substantive grasp of the constitutional defects of the administrative state—the term for our unaccountable “fourth branch” of government that increasingly governs us without our consent—is Ted Cruz. (If Tom Cotton were running for president, he’d get the clear nod on this point, but perhaps some day. . .) At the very least, Cruz knows enough »

Perry Sense

Featured image While Donald Trump continues to get disproportionate attention for his correctly grounded—if not well formulated—attacks on out of control immigration, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is quietly emerging as a much more serious candidate. Worth catching the excerpts of his remarks on race and economic opportunity that he delivered at the National Press Club last Thursday. The Wall Street Journal editorializes on it today: [Perry’s] remarks are far more than a »

P.C. Penalty Flag

Featured image I thought a long time ago that the Confederate battle flag shouldn’t fly over state capitols and that it was overdue to come down, but of course the complete purge against the Confederate flag anywhere in any form that is currently under way is about much more than the appropriateness of the flag over civic spaces. When you’re taking the flag off of the General Lee, or whatever that car »

Don’t Look Now But . . . China?

Featured image While everyone was getting on his Great American Barbecue yesterday for the July 4th holiday and awaiting the Greek referendum today, the Chinese stock market was crashing again. It’s down 12 percent over the last week, almost 30 percent in the last month. Tyler Cowen is on it, with a simple message: Greece is small; China is large. Uh oh. From behind the FT’s paywall: The Shanghai index is firmly »

For the 4th: Old-Fashioned American Story Telling from . . . LA?

Featured image People knock LA for not having a real literary culture. “What happens to civilization when it hangs its hat in LA?”, asks longtime Power Line friend Christopher Flannery today on the debut of the new site Even in LA.  The site offers old fashioned—that is, patriotic—short story telling. Beauty in a man or a country is the outward glow of inward goodness. It is the goodness that is most worthy »

How Are We Having This Conversation?

Featured image Lo and behold, the New York Times has finally branched out into satire. The following interview appeared on July 2 at their Opinionator blog site: George Yancy: I’d like to begin with an observation — maybe an obvious one — that the task of engaging race or whiteness in philosophy has been taken up almost exclusively by nonwhite philosophers. My sense is that this is partly because whiteness is a »

The Week in Pictures: Human Events Edition

Featured image When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary to explain to a candid world how Independence Day became Dependence Day, well. . . it’s a long story. There’s only one thing to do: as Churchill said, “Keep buggering on.” (Question: Can we still say “buggering”? I’m badly confused about this. Either “buggering” is now wholly approved, or banned as an archaic macroaggression.) Happy 4th everybody. Go light a »

Churchill on “A Peculiar Type of Brainy People”

Featured image As with so many other things, Churchill was on to the problem of the administrative state and today’s presumptuous liberal cosmopolitanism from early on.  A 1933 speech offers a perfect description of our Beltway mentality today: The worst difficulties from which we suffer do not come from without. They come from within. They do not come from the cottages of the wage-earners. They come from a peculiar type of brainy »