Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Can Universities Be Fixed?

Featured image Turns out even The Simpsons has taken aim at the rot in higher education, with this scene from last week’s episode: Yes, I’m sure that eight new deans can indeed get to the bottom of the Halloween costume policy for Yale. When you’ve lost The Simpsons. . . But this video, from the Center for Freedom and Prosperity, suggests one method for spreading economic literacy that just might work: »

Urgent: Trump’s “Read My Lips” Moment

Featured image Few of Donald Trump’s campaign promises were as clear and emphatic as his pledge to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, which I have often called the Kellogg-Briand Pact of climate diplomacy, arising from—to borrow Churchill’s great phrase about the disarmament fetish of the 1930s—the “prolonged and solemn farce” of the UN climate change circus. But there is widespread reporting that the Trump White House is going »

The Fate Trump Spared Us

Featured image The Trump White House may or may not be a scene of chaos and personnel conflict and Trump may yet turn out to be a poor president—certainly the media has an interest in exaggerating any difficulties there may be—but one thing is certain from the release of the new book Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign: Trump has spared us a much worse fate in the form of President Hillary »

The NY Times Agrees with Power Line

Featured image No sooner do I repeat my theme here about how the left created the “post-truth” era, than the New York Times comes along to ratify my thesis. Writing in the Times today, Duke University student Casey Williams wonders, “Has Trump Stolen Philosophy’s Critical Tools?” For decades, critical social scientists and humanists have chipped away at the idea of truth. We’ve deconstructed facts, insisted that knowledge is situated and denied the »

The Intolerant Left

Featured image Last week at Boulder’s Conference on World Affairs I was placed on a panel about the subject of “alternative facts”—that wonderful phrase of Kellyanne Conway’s that sent the media and the left (but I repeat. . .) into paroxysms of rage. As I mentioned before, the sound failed on the video of my opening remarks (I’m hoping a backup audio recording may come available), which is too bad, as I »

Loose Ends (21)

Featured image • Some time during the course of my endless panels last week in Boulder, there somehow occurred the unusual confluence of the coming of robotics and the desire that we have more newspaper columnists like Tom Friedman. You can imagine how that set me twitching. Fortunately the instant retort came to mind: “Self-driving cars will put Tom Friedman out of business, because he won’t have any taxi drivers to talk »

A Preview of Past Attractions, or, How to Drive Liberals Mad

Featured image As many of you know (because I saw some of you), I spent last week as an inmate at the annual Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The CWA is a big thing there every year, and it features roughly 100 speakers from all around the world and a big audience. Being Boulder, it is an overwhelmingly liberal affair. I counted exactly seven (7) conservatives »

The Infantile Left

Featured image Say what you will about the “red-diaper babies” of the old left decades ago: at least they wore diapers. Today’s un-diapered left is dropping its s— everywhere. I missed the latest riot in Berkeley yesterday (I was out of town), but I may well get another chance when Ann Coulter is scheduled to come to campus later this month for a speech sponsored by the Berkeley College Republicans. This will »

The Week in Pictures: Liberalism for Children Edition

Featured image I hadn’t realized, until I got sidetracked on an Amazon book search, that liberalism has fully transformed itself into a creed for children. Check out the first few titles below. Meanwhile, United Airlines is the gift that keeps on giving, but shouldn’t we actually praise them? In these polarizing times, no one has done as much to unite the American people as the appropriately named United. If they need to »

Feel Good Climate Story of the Day

Featured image Prepare to make your morning coffee with the tears of climatistas: Ice core samples melt in freezer malfunction Important ice samples from the Canadian Arctic were lost earlier this month when a freezer malfunctioned in a University of Alberta lab. The loss of the millennia-old ice cores could throw a wrench into research about how atmospheric changes have affected the climate and how they could affect the Earth’s future. The »

New Special VIP Bonus Announcement

Featured image A lot of people asked months ago if any of my Berkeley classes would be live-streamed or video recorded, and alas the answer is no. First, I was assigned a lecture hall that doesn’t have video recording capability. But second, Berkeley’s entire online catalogue of classes has been taken down because it isn’t compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and it would be too expensive to make the online »

Another Reminder of Why the 1970s Were So Horrible

Featured image The bill of indictment against the 1970s usually leads with Jimmy Carter, disco, bell bottoms and leisure suits, pet rocks, those Damn Yankees, the bogus “energy crisis,” and stagflation. And did I make sure to mention Jimmy Carter? But maybe we’ve overlooked one key data set with a marker of 1970s weirdness (click to embiggen): You can find more over on Reddit. »

A Rolling Stone Gathers No Truth

Featured image In today’s news: Rolling Stone Settles Suit Over Retracted ‘Rape on Campus’ Article Rolling Stone magazine has settled a libel lawsuit over its discredited 2014 story about an alleged fraternity party gang rape at the University of Virginia. The confidential agreement disclosed Tuesday brings to a close the defamation complaint in federal court of a university administrator who was in charge of handling student complaints of sexual misconduct at the »

United’s Week in Pictures

Featured image What’s the over/under line on whether Sean Spicer or United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz will be first to exit their current job? After all, not even Hitler removed people from planes after they had boarded. In any case, why wait till Saturday. And finally. . . »

Another Media Beclowning

Featured image Trump and his folks took a lot of predictable heat for remarking several weeks back that the media is the enemy of the American people. Heavens! You’d have thought he’d said “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.” The media may not be self-consciously the enemy of the American people, but it is hard to deny the asymmetry of their sympathies. As many of you know, I’m »

More Meltdowns at the NYRB

Featured image I’ve mentioned before that the New York Review of Books has been suffering a complete freakout meltdown since Trump’s election, and I gleefully look forward to every issue to microwave another bag of popcorn. The latest issue offers a long review entitled “Lessons from Hitler’s Rise,” by Christopher Browning. Although it is a review of a translation of a book about Hitler by a German scholar published before Trump’s election, »

The Dopes at Snopes

Featured image The ostensible guardians of “facts” at Snopes are upset with us and others who pointed out the hypocrisy of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s massive male-female pay gap. As you may remember: Elizabeth Warren’s Female Staffers Made 71% of Male Staffers’ Salaries in 2016 The gender pay gap in Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D., Mass.) is nearly 10 percent wider than the national average, meaning women in the Massachusetts Democrat’s office will have »