Author Archives: Steven Hayward

“The Coddling of the American Mind”

Featured image That’s the title of an important new article out this morning in The Atlantic by social psychologist Jonathan Haidt (author of The Righteous Mind, whom whom I’ve discussed here before) and Greg Lukianoff of FIRE (the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education). Here’s the lede: Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, »

Hillary the Hypocrite

Featured image Cataloguing the hypocrisies and double-standards of the Clintons could be a full time job, alongside the rolling credits for their straight out corruption and venality. But this story is just too good not to pass along: Group Backing Clinton Gets $1M from Untraceable Donors WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton told a cheering crowd at her largest rally so far that “the endless flow of secret, unaccountable money” must be »

Why Trumpism Is a Global Phenomenon

Featured image Reihan Salam of National Review has a useful essay up on Slate explaining why Trump should be understood in the context of the growing popularity of protest candidates in many European democracies (which means Trump or someone like him is likely to have staying power here): Go to almost any European democracy and you will find that the parties of the center-right and center-left that have dominated the political scene »

The Week’s #Climatefail News

Featured image Everything related to climate change is settled science, of course (by a 97 – 0 margin we’re told endlessly), except that no one seems to have told the scientific journals. For example, one of the parade of horribles we hear about is ocean acidification, which will kill the oceans! Sounds likely in theory, but what do the actual data say? Never mind data, which seem to be scarce. Turns out »

NR Video on Politically Correct Comedy

Featured image Our pals at National Review are branching out into video production, and I especially like this one out just this morning about the perils of politically incorrect comedy (just under two minutes long): »

Could Google Swing the Next Election?

Featured image I have no idea, but that’s the question Wired magazine asks, though more ominously that I put it: Google’s Search Algorithm Could Steal the Presidency IMAGINE AN ELECTION—A close one. You’re undecided. So you type the name of one of the candidates into your search engine of choice. (Actually, let’s not be coy here. In most of the world, one search engine dominates; in Europe and North America, it’s Google.) »

And Now For Something Completely Different. . .

Featured image Like whales. It’s whale migration season out here on the Left Coast.  Here’s a two-minute highlight reel of some action, culminating with yesterday’s up close and personal at the San Simeon pier. (Ah-nold film buffs will know this location from the closing scene of his finest film, Commando.) I’m thinking of named the whale “Cecil.” Whaddyathink?  »

Eric Voegelin on America

Featured image I’ve written here before at length about Hayek, Leo Strauss, Milton Friedman, Richard Weaver, and other major conservative thinkers of the 20th century. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned Eric Voegelin, another German emigre who made significant contributions to political philosophy with such works as The New Science of Politics and his multi-volume Order and History. This neglect ends today! Lately I’ve been reading Voegelin’s Autobiographical Reflections, and came across »

Civil War on the Left, Part 21

Featured image Really, this story requires no analysis or set up at all. From the Seattle Times a few hours ago (though really if you have ten minutes you should just skip this news account and go straight to the two videos below—they are astounding): Black Lives Matter protesters shut down Bernie Sanders speech A Seattle speech by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was pre-empted in a chaotic confrontation Saturday afternoon with »

Negligent Corporate Polluter Nabbed in Massive Spill. . . Oh, Wait

Featured image There’s been a massive spill of toxic mine tailings into the Animas River in Colorado, “turning the water an opaque orange color reminiscent of boxed mac and cheese,” reports Newsweek. The EPA estimates over 1 million gallons of mining waste was dumped into the river. (See photo below.)  More from Newsweek: The wastewater released contains heavy metals including lead, arsenic, cadmium, and aluminum, Ostrander said. The EPA is preparing a plan »

The Week in Pictures: Post-Debate Edition

Featured image Well, by now you’ve read your fill of post debate vivisections of the candidates’ performance in the two debates sessions on Thursday, so all I’ll add is the general comment that when you consider that the Democrats: a) have a field of really old candidates with really old ideas (socialism? seriously?), and b) have scheduled a grand total of zero debates so far, you have a general sense of where the »

The GOP Debate: The Remy Remix

Featured image Last night’s debate, as refracted as only Remy Munasifi can do it (just 90 seconds long): And as a special bonus item today, this two-minute College Humor drill gets at exactly why Star Wars is superior to the anemic Star Trek: TNG: Happy Weekend. Pics coming around 6 am tomorrow. »

When You’ve Lost David Brooks. . .

Featured image I know reader opinion here about David Brooks is . . . divided (full disclosure—oh hell, you don’t need to be told, but I will add that if you ask Charles Krauthammer who his favorite liberal columnist is, he’ll say “David Brooks”), and it is certainly true that Brooks tends to give Obama the benefit of the doubt too much of the time. Still. Brooks’s column today in the NY Times today is brutal on the »

Climatistas Forced to Abandon Their Own BS

Featured image In my Weekly Standard article out today on the EPA’s so-called “Clean Power Plan,” I note one of the more curious and significant changes from the original draft rule of a year ago and the final rule released on Monday of this week: namely that the fourth “building block” for state compliance—energy conservation/efficiency measures—was dropped from the rule. Here’s the key part of the argument as summarized in the article: »

Breaking: Schumer to Oppose Iran Agreement

Featured image News breaking in the middle of the GOP debate that Democratic Senate Leader Charles Schumer is going to vote against the Iran agreement. He’s brought Eliot Engel with him: As if on cue, Representative Eliot L. Engel of New York, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, who was widely expected to oppose the deal, announced his opposition Thursday night. As if on cue, is blowing a »

Free the Bacon!

Featured image I’ve always had a soft spot for Kevin Bacon. Because bacon. For starters. Also because he was great in what I think was his first serious film role in Barry Levinson’s classic Diner. And also because of the famous Animal House “remain calm, all is well!” scene that serves as a recurrent meme for our equivalent of the Obama administration’s frequent Baghdad Bob moments. But here he argues the case »

Will Trump Go Thump?

Featured image Okay, so I had promised that I would no longer dump on Trump, just because he’s making me a chump with his polling bump. Maybe that makes me a frump, but I just can’t clump to this rump. Besides, the more time Trump spends on the stump, the more likely he’ll go down with a thump. Or at least that’s what this chart suggests: »