Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Fred Siegel Explains It All, Part 1

Featured image We recently spent two hours conversing with the great historian Fred Siegel, author of several fine books, including most recently The Revolt Against the Masses: How Liberalism Has Undermined the Middle Class (coming out soon in paperback with additional material).  We range widely, Brian Lamb-style, over the whole of his life and career, and we’ll be rolling out highlights in short installments over the next few weeks.  I had some »

Americans to Environmentalists: Yawn

Featured image Gallup is out with its annual poll of environmental issues.  I’ll just go with their headline: In the U.S., Concern About Environmental Threats Eases Among the key findings: Consistent with the decline in worry about specific environmental problems, Americans have become more positive about the quality of the environment in recent years. If Americans perceive the environment to be in relatively good shape, it follows they would be less concerned about potential »

Start a Government in Exile This Summer?

Featured image Two current controversies combine to suggest . . . a summer vacation idea! The Pacific Research Institute’s indefatigable leader Sally Pipes speculated some time ago that if the government continues to wreck health care with regulation and mandates, perhaps the answer would be offshore health clinics and hospitals—not like “offshore” banks in the Caymans or something, but offshore on ships, beyond the territorial boundaries of the United States, therefore making »

Higher Ed Bubblegum?

Featured image Glenn Reynolds (among others) likes to write about the “higher education bubble.”  But maybe we’ve all missed higher education bubblegum?  With all of the difficulties law schools are having right now with declining enrollment (applications off overall by more than 50 percent from 10 years ago), it is good to know that at least Touro Law School has it’s priorities straight: Billy Joel and the Law: A Touro Law Conference »

Is “Sustainability” Sustainable?

Featured image I recall taking in a British comedy sketch on TV over in London many years ago that featured the familiar device of an “interview” with a historical figure—in this case, the Lord Jesus Christ himself. The deadpan interviewer asked, “I suppose you’ll be going around doing your usual miracles again—raising the dead, healing the sick, turning water into wine, and so forth? To which Jesus replies with a qualification: “Yes—but »

Tweet of the Day [Updated]

Featured image Power Line Trigger Warning!  The following tweet is so ridiculous I could never have thought of it even after the best bottle of single malt in all of Scotland crossed with a supercharged tab of LSD.  But it may trigger convulsions of laughter and/or disgust, and our liability insurance does not cover this: To which Jim Geraghty replied: Announcing that the sound of applause gives you anxiety takes courage & »

The Latest in Alt-Media: Fukuyama and Stephens

Featured image Our friends at the Claremont Institute’s “American Mind” interview series have a new package rolling out right now with Francis Fukuyama, most famous of course for The End of History and the Last Man, but in this case discussing his latest book Political Order and Political Decay.  This first installment is 18 minutes long: And over at the Liberty Fund’s LibertyLawTalk series, Richard Reinsch converses with the Wall Street Journal‘s »

Mounting Campus Backlash, The Sequel

Featured image It seems there’s a new protest against campus political correctness from a left-liberal academic appearing almost every day, and today’s entry comes from Todd Gitlin, who got his board certification as head of the SDS back in the 1960s. (He’s now a professor at Columbia.) Writing at Tablet, Gitlin echoes much of what was said in yesterday’s notice here about the growing backlash from liberals. Gitlin is especially harsh on »

Vegans for Global Warming?

Featured image The climatistas have figured out how they’re going to win the climate change crusade: they’re going to mobilize Whole Foods customers and rile up foodies everywhere! From the Daily Mail: Climate Change Will Make Food TASTE Bad For those hoping global warming will bring more opportunities for a summer barbecue, there may be disappointment ahead – climate change is likely to make steaks and burgers far less appetising. In a »

Could Liberal Disgust With Campus Brownshirts Be Reaching Critical Mass?

Featured image You know campus radicalism—the kind that openly oppresses in the name of ending oppression—is going too far when even The Nation magazine takes notice. Nation writer Michelle Goldberg reports about the case of Northwestern University feminist film professor Laura Kipnes, who wrote an essay last month in the Chronicle of Higher Education entitled “Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe.” It was a long and rambling piece that covered a lot of territory, »

The New Republic Hits a New Low

Featured image It’s widely known that Chris Hughes, the entitled brat who bought The New Republic, has succeeded in wrecking the once-venerable flagship of American liberalism. But does the magazine have to descend to self-parody and infantilism? Check out this one: Dear Politicians: Stop Calling People “Taxpayers” Staff writer Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig thinks the term pejorative, or at least skews public discourse toward an unbalanced end. To which I can only say: »

The Week in Starbucks

Featured image As John noted yesterday, without question the most obnoxious story of the week was Starbucks proposing to have its baristas engage customers in a “conversation” about race, even though all such “conversations” amount to “agree with us or shut up.” I suspect underneath this is confirmation of my thesis that most majors in ethnic & gender studies find that Starbucks is their best employment opportunity with said degrees, so why »

The Week in Pictures: Bibi Gun Edition

Featured image On Thursday it was announced that President Obama started wearing a fancy Fitbit on his right wrist—the kind that tracks everything including your heartbeat rate, sleeping, probably blood pressure, as well as playing tunes if your smart phone is nearby.  (And if Obama does have a smart phone, it would be the only smart thing in the White House.)  I’m guessing the White House physician ordered the Fitbit as a »

Because Nothing Says “Fun” Like Hillary Clinton

Featured image Satire is nearly impossible with stories like this, from ABC News: Why Hillary Clinton Thinks America Has a “Fun Deficit” “There’s a huge fun deficit in America,” Clinton said during remarks at the American Camp Association conference in Atlantic City. “We really need camps for adults.” With a wink and a nudge to Congress, Clinton made the case that if more adults — and perhaps politicians — had more fun, »

New Series: Worst Professors in America

Featured image We have the (temporarily dormant) Power Line 100 Best Professors in America roster (which I do intend to restart when I get back to a broader higher education project), and of course the coveted Power Line Green Weenie Award. It occurs to me that we really do need a Worst Professors in America roster, too. The other day we noted the tenured professor of sociology from Penn State, Karen Halnon, »

Ah, the Groves of Academe

Featured image Normally I don’t like to default to the too-easy cliches about assistant professors of sociology, but take in this one minute video, shot on an airplane two days ago, of Karen Halnon, an associate professor of sociology at Penn State, Abington, on board a flight from Nicaragua to Miami: In one of those “you-can’t-make-this-up” stories, the Washington Post reports: A college professor was arrested at Miami International Airport over the weekend after »

How Desperate Are Democrats? (Updated)

Featured image With Hillary Clinton’s campaign of entitled inevitability looking increasingly like certain doom for Democrats in 2016, is there a Plan B? As Noemie Emery argued with her usual panache in the Weekly Standard, the Democratic Party imperatives of gender and identity politics compel it to look for a woman or minority to succeed Obama, but the roster is very thin and unpersuasive. What’s a desperate party to do? Well, guess »