Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Trump’s Jujitsu Overthrow of Liberalism

Featured image On the surface Trump’s attack on the presiding judge in his civil trial over Trump University is reckless, irresponsible, menacing, and . . . just plain wacko. Jonah Goldberg speculates that what he’s really trying to do is force the judge to recuse himself and have another judge take over the case, which will result in a delay of the proceedings well beyond the election, at which point Trump might »

Looking Back at Ali

I remember listening to the first Ali-Frazier fight in 1971 on the radio—they didn’t have easily accessed pay-per-view TV back then (there was some kind of closed-circuit broadcast, probably in Las Vegas casinos), and I don’t know why it wasn’t broadcast on one of the networks, but even so it was dramatic listening especially to the late rounds. And the famous photo of him glowering triumphantly over Sony Liston has »

The Week in Pictures: Big Gorilla Edition

Featured image Thought experiment: just suppose that the gorilla in the Cincinnati zoo was named “Trump” instead of “Harambe?” Wonder if the reaction would have been the same? Just say “Trump” around liberals these days, and see how high they jump. You don’t even need to ask how high. At least there wasn’t a Minnesota dentist involved this time. Meanwhile, we’re down to the last primary week of this election cycle, and »

No Wonder Sandernistas Want Free Stuff

Featured image Turns out a lot of Sanders supporters really need a lot of free stuff. Kudos to the Los Angeles Times for producing this chart, which shows that over a quarter of Sanders donors are not working: Meanwhile, MSNBC is running the following ad starting tomorrow on conservative websites: Sorry, but that lineup is one-for-six on having “conservatives” that most conservatives care  about, if in fact they don’t deserve exile (that »

PC Scourge of the Week: Sexist Weather! [With Skeptical Comment by John]

Featured image This is one of those days where parody and satire are impossible. From the Washington Post: Female-named hurricanes kill more than male hurricanes because people don’t respect them, study finds People don’t take hurricanes as seriously if they have a feminine name and the consequences are deadly, finds a new groundbreaking study. Female-named storms have historically killed more because people neither consider them as risky nor take the same precautions, »

Loose Ends (2)

Featured image • I received an email notification today about the new editorial team for the American Political Science Review, the premier academic journal for the field: After an intensive search for the next editorial team, APSA selected a team led by Thomas König of the University of Mannheim who will be supported by six associate editors from the University of Mannheim, the University of Bremen, and the London School of Economics »

Trump and Brexit Explained in One Poster

Featured image If you want to understand the groundswell of support behind Trump, and the revolt against the European elites represented in things such as the UK’s upcoming “Brexit” referendum, just take in this poster for an upcoming lecture at the University of Edinburgh, where a distinguished Harvard professor will make the case openly for why people like her should have more power over everyone else: Everyone remembers William F. Buckley’s old »

The Election and Media Cognitive Dissonance

Featured image As everyone unfortunate or long-suffering enough to get all the way through a Puffington Host story knows, the PuffHo’s stories about Trump all conclude with this note: Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S. No bias there, no sir-ee, none at all. As Glenn Reynolds likes to say, »

10 Years Ago on Power Line: Have Liberals Learned Anything?

Featured image Borrowing an inspiration from Glenn Reynolds looking back at old dispatches from Instapundit, I think it might be worth revisiting some old posts on this site from time to time. Ten years ago this month Paul took note of Peter Beinart’s argument that liberals—and only liberals—could win the war on terror. He wrote a book about the idea shortly thereafter, and then after Bush and the Iraq war become more »

Today’s Silly Regulatory Diktat from Obama

Featured image News out today is that the Obama FDA is issuing new guidelines on salt in food, hoping to pressure the food industry. Okay, maybe we eat too much salt (says me, who is currently about to braise porks ribs for dinner after letting them set all night in my fridge in a yummy salt-based rub), but does the Obama Administration have to make everything so ripe for parody? FDA commissioner »

This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, Part 3

Featured image In this 2:37 long video from two years ago, Patrick McLaughlin of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University does a terrific job of dramatizing just how immense federal regulation has grown over the last two generations. Actually this visualization understates the number of regulatory programs, as it only identifies major regulatory agencies, not not individual regulatory initiatives per se. Still, this is a highly useful piece of work: »

This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, Part 2

Featured image Last week the Obama administration announced new regulations designed to raise the wages of hundreds of thousands of salaried employees by re-classifying them in ways that make them eligible for overtime. This is the same logic of supposing that you can lift yourself up by standing in a bucket and pulling up on the handle. Even the New York Times has noticed that this regulation is going to be counter-productive, »

Donald Trump Intends to Run as Donald Trump

Featured image There’s a famous anecdote that appears I think in Teddy White’s Making of the President, 1964 about a reporter who, upon hearing Barry Goldwater’s line “Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice,” said: “My God—he’s going to run as Barry Goldwater!” That sentiment is enjoying a sequel today with Donald Trump’s press conference about his charity to veterans’ groups, but whose dominant news was not his donations but his »

This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Featured image I’ve been meaning for a while to knock out an article on the theme, “there’s nothing wrong with America that 4 percent growth won’t solve.” That’s an exaggeration, of course, but not much of one. Faster economic growth will alleviate a number of our leading problems, especially stagnant wages, a sinking labor force participation rate, badly unbalanced budgets, adult children living in basements, ESPN’s sinking ratings, etc. One difficulty is »

Academic Loons of the Week: The Yoga and the Commissar

Featured image Tough to decide on who gets the honor of our Academic Absurdity of the Week award. I was inclined to give it to the ingenious author of “Humor and Parody in Finnish Rap Music Videos,” since I’m still trying to recover from the mistake of listening to a Finnish rock band in a park in Helsinki last summer. (Their “music” sounded to me like a whale being waterboarded.) I can’t »

Is The Libertarian Party Serious? [with comment by Paul]

Featured image John notes below that one of Gary Johnson’s leading issues is drug legalization, which is not likely to sell well in places like otherwise libertarian-friendly New Hampshire, which has experienced a massive increase in heroin use in recent years. Then there was Johnson’s answer to the question posed to him in a candidate debate at the Libertarian Party convention: should the United States have entered World Wars I & II? »

Loose Ends (1)

Featured image I stumble across lots of little items in my eclectic reading pile that don’t rise to the level of deserving a whole item on Power Line (especially when they are about metaphysics, my weekend hobby), but which might be worth a sentence or two in a grab bag of things. So I’m going to start a new recurrent series called “Loose Ends.” Though I’m sure many readers will think it »