Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Looking Ahead to Obama’s Post-Presidency

Featured image Yes, yes, I know we should all wish that Obama’s post-presidency could begin right away, but setting that aside, I’ve been wondering for a while now what Obama will do after he leaves office.  He’s still relatively young, and is likely to be around for quite a while.  His announced intention to make his home in Washington DC is going to make for all kinds of delights. My prediction: he’s »

Nothing Happens for No Good Reason

Featured image My great teacher of foreign policy and strategic studies, the late Harold Rood, had a simple maxim at the heart of his analytical technique: “Nothing happens for no good reason.”  This maxim has come back to me watching the saga of the flood of “unaccompanied alien children” (as the government officially calls them) on our southern border.  Everyone seems to be treating this as though it was a random or »

Bring Back McKinney

Featured image So why doesn’t former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney have her own show on MSNBC?  She’d fit right in with Al Sharpton.  I miss her, especially things like her tweet Thursday about MH17: Beyond the mind-numbing stupidity of thinking airliner can be hacked, it’s worth clicking through the link she included as her hint of who might be behind the hacking: Israel.  Naturally. »

The Week in Pictures: Negligence Edition

Featured image In past conflicts between Israel and its enemies, there came a time when the United States would call up Israel and essentially order them to stop their offensive against Hamas, the PLO, Hezbollah, etc.  Of course, that’s back when the U.S. took some pride in its influence in the world, and where American power had some credibility.  You really don’t have the feeling that Obama can ring up Israel and »

Murraypalooza, or Why Liberals Are Panicking

Featured image Scott beat me to the notice of Charles Murray’s long interview on Conversations with Bill Kristol the other day.  I had thought to highlight the same interview after thinking more about my conversation with Charles last week on the Bill Bennett radio show (you can listen to the segment with Charles here), especially on the question of why the Left is in such a dyspeptic state these days.  The Left »

Today’s Climate Embarrassment

Featured image The Wall Street Journal editorial page today rightly celebrates Australia’s repeal of its carbon tax, noting that by adding about $10 a month to the average household’s energy bill, the tax was—imagine this!—unpopular. But Philip Hutchings, writing over at WattsUpWithThat, brings our attention to a detail that reveals how corrupt these carbon management schemes come to be—even ones that are as supposedly simple and straightforward as a carbon tax.  Now, »

Delegating the Delegation, or Outsourcing Regulation

Featured image It’s bad enough that Congress long ago took up the bad and unconstitutional habit of delegating its lawmaking authority to independent regulatory agencies—what we and others refer to as the central feature of the Administrative State.  But this kind of unaccountable government is even more egregious when the regulators essentially outsource their assigned policymaking tasks to ideological interest groups. That appears to be how the EPA came up with its »

Up From Liberalism—Now More Than Ever

Featured image I first read William F. Buckley’s classic 1959 treatise Up From Liberalism when I was in high school a long long time ago, and recently picked it up off the shelf for a quick re-reading.  And I’d recommend everyone read or re-read it, as many parts of it hold up extremely well, and could be deployed even more urgently today.  For example: The salient economic assumptions of liberalism are socialist.  »

Harry Jaffa on the Famous “Extremism” Speech

Featured image Paul noted yesterday the 50th anniversary of Barry Goldwater’s famous—or infamous—convention speech in 1964.  Has there ever been another convention speech before or since that is as well recalled for a single line?  Only William Jennings Bryan’s “Cross of Gold” speech comes close. Harry Jaffa, who turns 96 in a few weeks, reflected some time ago about the famous line—”Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice”—and his role in »

Berkeley Finally Achieves Complete Utopia

Featured image I checked, wondering if this story was some kind of Onion-like parody site.  (Look: the Los Angeles Times is something of a joke these days; who’s to say they didn’t decide to jump the shark overnight?)  Nope; it appears to be on the level. Berkeley dispensaries must give free pot to poor members, city says Medical marijuana dispensaries in Berkeley must give some of their pot free of charge to low-income »

Today’s Climate Embarrassment

Featured image Last month we noted the epic hypocrisy of Greenpeace flying a senior executive to and from his home in Luxembourg to company HQ in Amsterdam.  No worries about carbon footprints for him: he’s too important. Today there’s an even better story out of the UK reported in The Telegraph: People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Use More Electricity By Matthew Holehouse People who claim to worry about climate »

Today’s Climate Embarrassment

Featured image It’s really hard to settle on the latest embarrassment for the climatistas (or “Thermageddonites”—hat tip to Lord Monckton). On the technical side, there’s an interesting article by a team of Indian scientists in the current Journal of Geophysical Research about climate models and their ability to predict future precipitation amounts on a regional basis.  This is important because it bears on the claim, repeated almost daily, that climate change will »

Headline of the Day

Featured image Can the killer rabbit be very long in coming?  Because this is the headline of the day, if not the year, from the Wall Street Journal: Obama Contends With Arc of Instability Not Seen Since ‘70s And we all remember who was president when the 1970s spun fully out of control?  Anyway, in case you don’t have a WSJ subscription, here’s the lede: WASHINGTON—A convergence of security crises is playing »

Annals of Government Incompetence

Featured image In a neglected speech by Calvin Coolidge entitled “The Limitations of the Law,” given to the American Bar Association in 1922 (but not available online that I’ve been able to find), Coolidge offers the following observation on one of the inherent defects of the Progressive theory of the Administrative State: Under this weight [of ever larger government] the former accuracy of administration breaks down.  The government has not at its »

The “97 Percent” Straw Man Revisited

Featured image This past week was the Heartland Institute’s 9th International Conference on Climate Change in Las Vegas.  As I was teaching my summer school graduate course at the Ashbrook Center in Ohio last week I wasn’t able to attend, but you can take in videos of most the sessions here. We’ve commented here before about the climatistas’ dishonest, bad faith argument that “97 percent of scientists ‘believe’ in climate change,” as »

Are Journalists Starting to Figure It Out? (Chapter 2)

Featured image The answer is still probably No, as a close reading of today’s two samples will show. Power Line’s very favorite reporter at the Washington Post, Juliet Eilperin (/sarc), is out with an article wondering whether Obama is essentially assuming the fetal position.  That’s not how she puts it; she says “running away,” and maybe we should go with the Monty Python refrain from Holy Grail.  Anyway, Eilperin: Bears, beer and »

The Week in Pictures: Run for the Border Edition

Featured image There’s a race on for the biggest political failure of the month, with stiff competition between the border chaos and Obama’s general failure and Hillary’s ongoing book fiasco.  But really, what’s with Obama and the guy with the horse’s head mask?  And did the dude get it at Hobby Lobby?  (And could they please put it in his bed next time, or will he suspect Michelle?)  Jimmy Carter’s attack rabbit »