Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Bibi Brings It

Featured image Last night Power Line’s roving correspondents (that would be me and Scott—you can see how handsome we are nearby) turned up for the AEI dinner honoring Prime Minister Netanyahu with AEI’s Irving Kristol Award. And he did not disappoint. Rather than a formal speech, the Prime Minister had a conversation with AEI’s Dany Pletka. I was especially struck by his forthright embrace of the dilemmas of the responsible statesmen: “Most »

Inside Divestment

Featured image Today in New York the National Association of Scholars is releasing its latest report, Inside Divestment: The Illiberal Movement to Turn a Generation Against Fossil Fuels. You should be able to download a copy of the report or the summary version at the NAS website. The idea of demanding that colleges divest any stockholdings in companies that produce hydrocarbon energy (i.e., the energy that most colleges use as much as »

On Being a Happy Warrior

Featured image The good folks at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute fielded student questions for me recently about how to exist as a conservative at liberal universities, and the main point of the interview is that the most effective way to get under the skin of campus liberals is to be a happy warrior. Or just be happy, period. They really hate that. Here’s one excerpt from their “Office Hours” series: What was the »

Where is Sam Hayakawa When We Need Him?

Featured image With the madness at Yale spreading this week also to the University of Missouri (I’ll comment on that in a separate post), thoughts turned back to the late, great Sam Hayakawa—anyone remember him?—who stood up to the campus left at San Francisco State University back in 1969. Here’s my account of it from the first volume of The Age of Reagan: Berkeley’s eminent philosophy professor John Searle wrote in 1969 »

Piketty Has a Good Idea

Featured image Joke: What do you call someone obsessed with income inequality? “Nit-Piketty.” (Insert rim shot here.) But seriously folks, as we all know French neo-socialist economist Thomas Piketty electrified the left with his Capital in the 21st Century, which indeed seemed hard to distinguish in substance from Capital in the 19th Century, perhaps better known in the original German (Das Kapital). Right now, however, Piketty has an idea I rather like—with »

Cultural Appropriation, Hamilton Edition

Featured image As you know, the latest campus left outrage is “cultural appropriation,” i.e., such as when gringos (can white people use that word, or do we need permission from La Raza?) dress in sombreros and ponchos to mark Cinco de Mayo or some other recognition of Mexican culture. As you may also know, the hottest play on Broadway right now is “Hamilton,” in which a largely African-American and Hispanic cast dresses »

What the Yale Shame Should Teach Us

Featured image John offers a copious summary of the embarrassment of Yale students protesting against an email that suggested they lighten up about Halloween costumes. Will this constitute a tipping point against this campus silliness? Of course it won’t. Much of the justly deserved criticism directed at the perpetually aggrieved concerns their rubbishing of free speech and dissent from leftist orthodoxy. (One student actually wrote in the Yale Herald that “Christakis needs »

Power Line’s Guide to the Paris Climate Talks (1)

Featured image As previously promised (or threatened), we’ll be all over the UN climate talks starting in Paris in a few weeks. Already it is possible to predict that the near-certain climate agreement will be a substantive farce, but will be hailed as a planet-saving breakthrough. It will follow the familiar script we’ve seen in every previous UN climate summit stretching all the way back to Kyoto: hard bargaining, deadlock, all-night talks, »

Sass and Sense from Ben Sasse

Featured image We first took note of Ben Sasse two years ago before it was clear that he had a political career ahead of him, and this week Sen. Sasse delivered his maiden speech on the Senate floor. As we noted at the time, Sasse, Ph.D from Yale in history, knows how to challenge liberal narratives on a deep level. His whole speech is worth reading, or viewing in its entirety below, »

The Week in Pictures: Jeb Can’t Do It Edition

Featured image I’m almost starting to feel sorry for poor Jeb Bush. His cluelessness seems to run as deep as his dad at his dad’s worst. Adopting “Jeb Can Fix It” as a slogan at a time when the party grassroots, and many independent voters, want not a “fixer” but someone who will smash Washington to its foundation and start over is the height of political incompetence. And finally. . . in »

Democrats Terrified of Rubio?

Featured image Democrats must be getting very nervous about the prospect of running against Marco Rubio, because yesterday the DNC released this hit ad: Ask yourself this question: Why would you put out an ad like this about the candidate of the other party this early in the primary cycle? Wouldn’t you want to hold your fire with negative attacks until later? It seems like a “tell” of the candidate you least want »

O’Really O’Reilly?

Featured image I’ve taken note here before of Bill O’Reilly’s execrable Killing Reagan, and highlighted the Washington Post article that I joined in writing with three other Reagan historians/biographers. Today George Will weighs in on the book in his syndicated column, calling O’Reilly’s book “slander.” Styling himself an “investigative historian,” O’Reilly purports to have discovered amazing facts that have escaped the notice of real historians. The book’s intimated hypothesis is that the »

China Lies, Tom Friedman Hardest Hit

Featured image Further to our item yesterday about how China has consistently underreported its coal use and carbon dioxide emissions, a sharp-eyed reader reminds me of this 2009 Tom Friedman column, expressing his prototypical “China-Is-Awesome” envy of authoritarianism: One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages. That one party can just impose »

Heard About “the Wallstrom Affair”?

Featured image Did you hear anything about the dustup in Sweden in the spring over the remarks of foreign minister Margot Wallstrom? She belongs to Sweden’s Social Democratic Party and holds impeccable left-of-center credentials, and also served for a time as the Commissioner for the Environment at the European Union, where she said all of the politically correct platitudes about global warming and sustainable development. She also worked at the UN for »

Ridley Rules

Featured image Matt Ridley has a new book out, The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge, that should definitely go on your reading pile. (The Wall Street Journal carried an excellent review of the book yesterday, which you can access here.) Today, however, our friends at the Global Warming Policy Foundation in Britain are releasing a new essay by Matt entitled “The Climate Wars and the Damage to Science” (PDF link). »

The Morning After: Democratic Party Meltdown?

Featured image Democrats were clobbered in the off year election yesterday, but the annihilation was near total in Kentucky. Great catch by Mollie Hemingway over at The Federalist of the Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo stumbling through some incoherent and downright bizarre remarks about how to think about the Democrats’ wipeout. Below is the entire six-minutes of this meltdown, but the highlights include Stumbo trying to decide whether Jesus was a Democrat, »

UK Energy Subsidy Fail

Featured image A cautionary tale out of the UK: after shoveling billions in subsidies for renewable energy and encouraging the closing of baseload coal-fired and nuclear power plants, the UK is now preparing to spend several hundred million pounds to subsidize electricity from . . . backup diesel generators. This is thought necessary to back up intermittent wind and solar installations, and because there’s going to be an electricity supply crunch in »