Author Archives: Steven Hayward

The Week in Pictures: Hillarypalooza Edition

Featured image Has there ever been a more bizarre and more feckless presidential campaign launch than Hillary 2016? The nation might—might—be “Ready for Hillary,” but Hillary doesn’t look ready for us. Democratic elders must be privately in a state of panic: at least when Howard Dean melted down (or Ed Muskie in 1972—recall that he had the nomination locked up too, according to all the experts), there was a bench of other »

A Note on Coal

Featured image A commenter on the India story posted up this morning wonders why anyone should be “pro-coal,” because “By any standard, coal is horrible for the environment. New Delhi’s air is the most polluted in the WORLD. More coal won’t help. Coal releases mercury in the environment, creates acid rain, etc. Climate change aside, coal is awful and should not be celebrated…” First, it is not about being “pro-coal” or any »

Dust Jacket Blurb?

Featured image I think I’ve found my first dust jacket blurb for my next book (which I’m going to start writing soon—stay tuned for details).  From the second letter to the editor in today’s Wall Street Journal: Steven Hayward’s honest pursuit of the truth is attractive to promising students seeking understanding, who have not yet been corrupted by an inability to think for themselves. . .  By preserving brilliant academics like Steven »

India: Star of the East, Defender of the West?

Featured image India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is typically called “controversial” or “divisive,” which means the liberal establishment of India and internationally doesn’t like him.  I don’t know if he deserves the accolade as the “Ronald Reagan of India,” but I hear he has some reformist instincts about opening up India’s economy and fighting corruption. One thing his government has done is tell Obama and the UN to go stuff it on »

Will Hillary Put the Lincoln Bedroom on AirBnB?

Featured image The Puffington Host reports that the Clinton Foundation will restrict donations from foreign nations to just six friendly nations—Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom.  But why just these six?  Why not Spain, Sweden, South Africa, or Japan?  Why any?  Look, I can understand that the Clinton Foundation needs to make its bloated payroll, and Goldman Sachs can only cough up so much.  But this list just »

Meet “Eco-Modernism”—The New Face of 21st Century Environmentalism

Featured image For a long time I’ve been arguing that environmentalism needs its own Protestant Reformation, with a Martin Luther figure to nail a new 95 Theses to the front door of the Sierra Club (on recycled paper, of course).  The first attempt at this was Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus’s 2007 book Breakthrough: Why We Can’t Leave Saving the Planet to Environmentalists.  Though Michael and Ted are left-leaning figures, they broke »

Keeping Up With “Hill-dashian”

Featured image The Hillary campaign is already becoming a farce, barely 72 hours in.  It’s looking more and more like a political parody of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.  Can anyone imagine Bill doing something this lame and inauthentic? It’s even too much for MSNBC to take, as this 1 minute clip from yesterday’s coverage of her pathetic visit to a technical school in Iowa shows: »

Happy Tax Day, from Remy

Featured image You knew this was coming—Remy on tax day travails (less than 2 minutes long—enough time to fill out one line on your Schedule A): »

Hillary: Feel the Love (Part 2)

Featured image Politico noted yesterday that a series of Hillary campaign conference calls are not exactly setting Democratic hearts aflutter: [H]er aides held at least half a dozen conference calls with supporters, party operatives, former staffers and elected officials to distribute talking points and assure early-state activists that Clinton takes them seriously. Those on the receiving end were hoping for more. “I can’t believe I missed ‘Game of Thrones’ for this,” said »

Grand Theft Lincoln [With Update by Marco Rubio]

Featured image On this 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination, the Wall Street Journal’s William McGurn performs a public service today rebutting the relentless liberal/“Progressive” attempts to pry Lincoln from the Republican Party and claim that Lincoln, were he alive today, would surely be a Progressive Democrat: On this the 150th anniversary of the day John Wilkes Booth fired his fatal bullet at Ford’s Theater, we have a consensus: Today’s Republicans have no »

Hillary: Feel the Love

Featured image Are liberals having buyer’s remorse even before opening their wallets and forking over the cash?  A sampling of unease among liberals, starting with Salon (!!!): Hillary Clinton Just Doesn’t Get It: She’s Already Running a Losing Campaign . . .  Clinton seems as disconnected from the public mood now as she did in 2008.  I think it’s a crisis. If she doesn’t right the ship it will be a disaster. »

Fanfare for the Factual Feminist

Featured image Kudos to our friend Christina Hoff Sommers, whose “Factual Feminist” video series has cracked 2 million views, and garnered a positive profile in The Telegraph newspaper: The 64-year-old academic is the star of hit YouTube series The Factual Feminist, which doesn’t just stick up for men, but also calls-out the sisterhood on false stats, cruel comments and double-standards. You know, the stuff that alienates men from the gender equality debate »

Monday in Pictures: Hillary’s Logographic Necessity

Featured image Platonic scholars speak of “logographic necessity,” but Obama seems to have debased this concept along with everything else he touches.  Obama was the first presidential campaign to have its own concept logo, and now Hillary is following with one of her own.  But it’s even more mockable than Obama’s, as you can see here: And finally. . . »

Tricky Hillary: Don’t Underestimate Her

Featured image My Hillary versus Nixon comparison yesterday prompted a couple of commenters to protest that such comparison is deeply unfair . . . to Nixon.  Quite correct.  But leaving aside Nixon’s much greater substantive depth and capacities, it is worth running with the superficial comparisons for a while, because they should not be ignored.  Above all, it would be a mistake to underestimate Hillary’s chances. Hillary is a dreadful candidate—but that’s »

Hillary4U&Me Vs. Nixon Now

Featured image Even after a very late plane flight home from the east coast last night I sprang out of bed early this morning in eager anticipation of Madam Hillary’s social media announcement of her candidacy, only to find that, once again, a Clinton was going to show up late.  The announcement, said cable news, was being delayed a few hours. Does Hillary not know that the last day of the Masters »

Understated Headline of the Week

Featured image With the exception of what it calls “B-Hed” features about quirky news, the Wall Street Journal typically employs a fairly straight up headline style (unlike The Economist), but sometimes they could use just a little more imagination.  Consider today’s front page howler: In Campus Rape Cases, Some Men See Injustice Well, duh.  Ya think?  And especially given some of the understated but devastating reporting in the body of the story: »

Who Reads Power Line?

Featured image Reihan Salam, executive editor of National Review, bon vivant, and neck-and-neck with National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru as smartest man in America (except for when Paul Krugman dines alone)—that’s who.  He loves Power Line so much we had to do two takes! »