Author Archives: Steven Hayward

The Ugly Side of the Gay Marriage Campaign

Featured image It is extraordinary how having the exact same view about marriage that President Obama and Hillary Clinton professed until very recently now gets you cast into outer darkness as a vile bigot and reprehensible human being. What explains this? I have my own theory, but take note of Damon Linker, a long-time gay marriage supporter, writing in The Week about the “ugliness” (Linker’s term) of the demonization of gay marriage »

A Spindle-Full of Weird

Featured image Scott clears his spindle from time to time, and I have my own spindle of weird but oddly compelling news.  Like video of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott downing a beer in seven seconds at a victory celebration of an Aussie soccer football team. Good on ‘ya, mate!  I knew there was a reason I liked Abbott. Speaking of consumption, any traveler along Interstate 40 or the old Route 66 »

Deep Behind Enemy Lines Again

Featured image While John was off visiting his home town in South Dakota, an inter-dimensional crossrip in the space-time continuum found me today, April 20th—better known to potheads as 420—back in Boulder: However, there was no second-hand smoke of any kind (no 420 on 4/20!), because the university has cracked down on the large smoke-ins of previous years, with the simple expedient of police tape—plus a whole lot of police on hand »

Climate Science: Only True Believers Need Apply?

Featured image Almost 10 years ago one of the major figures in the “mainstream” climate science world confided off the record to me that the biggest problem at his prestige graduate department of physics was convincing first-rate students to take up climate science as their specialty field.  The best students were avoiding the subject precisely because it had become too politicized and too conformist—a career dead end.  And so the field is »

Give Obama the Hook

Featured image I made the horrid mistake of channel-surfing to C-SPAN Senate coverage a couple days ago just in time to catch Sen. Babs “Don’t-Call-Me-Ma’am” Boxer bloviating about some public letter by “very smart people” backing up Obama’s Iran negotiations. Just then the batteries on my remote conked out, and I had to get up and walk over to the TV to change the channel, just like our great grandparents had to »

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 »