Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Economic Macroaggression

Featured image James Grant, the founder of the indispensable Grant’s Interest Rate Observer and one of my favorite financial writers, likes to describe macroeconomics as “politics disguised with differential calculus.” Boom! Because of course macroeconomics is the cornerstone of Keynesianism, the convenient doctrine that provides politicians with the excuse to spend as much money as they can. Supposedly it works on a “multiplier” effect, but the only thing it seems to multiply »

The Week in Pictures: Powering Through Edition

Featured image It’s hard to get past the repetitiveness of the campaign, but we’re going to power through, just like Hillary. Meanwhile, I think “Dicking Bimbos” would be the greatest bar band name ever. Roger Clinton can be the lead singer! Powell’s Colon could be the opening act. And finally. . . »

The Greatest Doctor’s Note Ever

Featured image While we ponder the medical mystery of Hillary Clinton and scour Donald Trump’s latest test results, may we pause to take in the greatest doctor’s note of all time: Which also reminds me of Churchill’s response to King Feisal of Saudi Arabia, who had told Churchill that Islam forbid drinking alcohol as they were sitting down to dinner. To which Churchill sensibly replied: “My religion commands the consumption of alcohol »

Trumpism and 2016 Through the Eyes of Reagan

Featured image Delightful time in Los Angeles on Tuesday (I even met by chance a Power Line reader on the streets of Pasadena at lunch time—you’re everywhere!), where I was invited to address the fall dinner of the Friends of Ronald Reagan at the California Club downtown. They asked for a Reaganite perspective on Trump and the election. Here are a few short excerpts from the talk: I take as my opening »

“Political” Medicine vs. Real Medicine

Featured image From Russell Baker’s review of Joseph Lelyveld’s new book His Final Battle: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt in the current issue of the New York Review of Books: Everybody seemed aware that the president had a medical problem of some sort, but nobody knew precisely what it was. Political medicine differs from medical science because news of a physical sickness may quickly produce a terminal political ailment. The usual »


Featured image Well, this story from Slate is certainly inconvenient for the liberal narrative New Poll Finds That Hillary Supporters Are Pretty Racist Too A new Reuters/Ipsos poll paints a particularly depressing picture of the U.S. electorate’s opinions on race. The main takeaways from the survey, which was released late Tuesday: A significant slice of Americans expressed racist views against blacks, and those who identify as Donald Trump supporters are more likely to fall »

Top Feel Good Story of the Day

Featured image They say the field of science is politicized or skews left, and while this is probably correct, every now and then even scientists get one right about politics: Scientists name parasite after Barack Obama By Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post Other presidents have mountains named after them. They’re the namesakes for high schools, boulevards, space centers, libraries, airports, and elk. George Washington has the capital of our country named for him, »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: Crash at 4-Way Intersection Reported

Featured image If you follow the leading edge of post-modern silliness in higher education, you’ll be familiar with the term of art designed to paper over the inherent conflicts between the different benighted leftist identity groups—”intersectionality.” It’s an attempt to sweep everything under a field theory that reduces to: It’s all the fault of patriarchal White dudes. When stripped of the jargon, however, much of the time “intersectionality” is the ideological equivalent »

Hillary’s Weekend in Pictures: Deplorable Edition

Featured image Has anyone ever had a worse 72 hours on the campaign trail than Hillary? I’m sure people can come up with some nominees, and in a separate post I’ll go over the Clintons’ amazing political survival skills. But some of the memes and images pouring forth can’t wait until Saturday, so herewith a special Monday edition of the Week in Pictures: And sorry folks, but in a post dedicated solely »

Will Media Frenzy Lead to Hillary Meltdown?

Featured image The mainstream news media can usually be counted upon to be on the side of the Democratic candidate, but when there’s a big story to be broken, professional self-interest takes precedence, and reporters start racing each other. With the admission this afternoon that Hillary has pneumonia, reporters aren’t going to back off demanding greater transparency. The pneumonia story might even be true, but after all these years of Clinton prevarication, »

The Week in Pictures: “And They’re Off” Edition

Featured image Labor Day marks the traditional, official launch of the fall presidential campaign, though this bit of presidential campaign folklore has been obsolete for at least 50 years. But it’s a useful media trope, so we’ll probably stick with it until we bring back paper ballots to prevent foreign hacking of our elections. Not much really changed, though. Hillary is still coughing, and Trump is still choking (on Putin). And us »

Hillary’s Health & Double Standards

Featured image So here’s the headline from PR Newswire, as touted on Drudge: Hillary’s Health Concerns Serious, Say Most Doctors Polled by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) Whoa! Sounds like probable cause for more public scrutiny, don’t you think? But then you get into the actual copy: TUCSON, Ariz., Sept. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Concerns about Hillary Clinton’s health are “serious—could be disqualifying for the position of President of the »

Milo on a Roll

Featured image I’ve never been able to make up my mind about Milo Yiannopoulos, the provocateur of the “alt-right” who specializes in street theater. Some of his campus appearances that I’ve watched online I thought were less than helpful or edifying, but at other times he’s quite sober and very effective. One of those times was yesterday on CNBC. This seven-minute interview has some great moments, and clearly has the CNBC studio »

The Flight 93 Election?

Featured image Everyone is buzzing about the reappearance of “Decius” from the late lamented Journal of American Greatness with “The Flight 93 Election” over at the Claremont Review of Books website. Here’s a curious thing: I’ve had a couple of emails from people wondering if I’m “Decius.” To which I respond: You may very well think so; I couldn’t possibly comment. The lede captures the argument and action of the piece: 2016 »

Dr. Pavlov, Call Your Office

Featured image I don’t much keep up with the newest currents in contemporary psychology, so I have no idea whether Ivan Pavlov’s famous stimulus-response hypothesis is still considered valid. But I thought it worth a test, and I can indeed report that it still works like a charm with leftists—especially leftist readers of Power Line. I was quite certain when I posted the item here two weeks ago announcing that I would »

Pale Green, The Sequel

Featured image Further to my item yesterday on how the climatistas are ignoring the success Ontario has had in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through nuclear power, it is worth mentioning that the same story can be told about Sweden (which is perhaps why we don’t hear about Sweden rather than Germany’s fake energiewende.) Writing in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, physicist Raymond Pierrehumbert of Oxford notes the story of Sweden with »

Green Weenie of the Week: Barbecue Deniers

Featured image I recall many years ago when the smog police in Los Angeles actually contemplated regulating—and perhaps even banning—backyard barbecues. A bunch of us printed up bumper stickers that we passed out at a meeting of the South Coast Air Quality Management District that said: “Use a Barbecue, Go To Jail!” (The smog police eventually backed down, but only after the BBQ industry figured out how to reformulate lighter fluid to »