Author Archives: Steven Hayward

When Climate Heretics Speak. . .

Featured image . . . They usually mop the floor with the climatistas. That’s one reason why the climate campaign has resorted to rank conformism and outright bullying. Matt Ridley offered his observations about the state of things in an article in the London Times a few days ago entitled “My Life as A Climate Lukewarmer.” I am a climate lukewarmer. That means I think recent global warming is real, mostly man-made »

Churchill: Not the Last Lion

Featured image As we mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Churchill today, I want to pick a minor quibble that I think is not so minor after you think it through a bit. Several fine commentators, such as Victor Davis Hanson, have embraced the theme of Churchill as “the Last Lion,” borrowing from the title of William Manchester’s compulsively readable three-volume biography of Churchill. To be sure, Churchill was, like »

The Week in Pictures: Barack ORobinHood Edition

Featured image Not much more to say about Obama’s deflated football of a State of the Union speech, but is there some kind of way we can float Obama and Michael Moore away on a one-person life raft somewhere? »

Leo Strauss on the Death of Churchill

Featured image Always worth taking in Leo Strauss’s spontaneous remarks in class in Chicago in January 1965, upon learning the news of Churchill’s death: The death of Churchill is a healthy reminder to academic students of political science of their limitations, the limitations of their craft. The tyrant stood at the pinnacle of his power. The contrast between the indomitable and magnanimous statesman and the insane tyrant—this spectacle in its clear simplicity »

Chewing Their CUDS

Featured image Of all the serial derangements of the left, the one that is most out of proportion is the fanaticism about the Citizens United decision.  I call it “Citizens United Derangement Syndrome,” or CUDS.  This week as you know we saw the nearly unprecedented disruption of the Supreme Court by a handful of losers protesting Citizens United.  I’m betting not a one of them has actually read the opinion, or indeed »

The Ultimate Climatista Farce

Featured image If the Olympics ever make Shark-Jumping an official sport, the climatistas will dominate the medals. It seems the desperate climatistas are really getting serious now: they’re going to hold a “Live Earth” rock concert!  Whoa—the planet is surely saved now!  Well, okay, so this is reported in Rolling Stone, which means it has less than a 50/50 chance of being accurate. But let’s give them the doubt of the benefit. »

Churchill’s Death, 50 Years On

Featured image This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of Winston Churchill. The most moving account of the scene comes from the Hungarian-born historian John Lukacs, who traveled from the U.S. to London to attend. It was originally published in The American Spectator years ago (but seemingly unavailable online) and then subsequently included in his fine book, Churchill: Visionary, Statesman, Historian. The Los Angeles Times, of all publications, noted this »

Civil War on the Left, Part 13

Featured image It was barely more than a week ago that I advised everyone to get a new popcorn machine for the identity politics infighting that is going to take place among Democrats in the California primary to replace Babs “Don’t Call Me Ma’am” Boxer next year.  Just to remind you, I said: There’s lots of talk in the media about how Jerry Brown and our two old ladies in the Senate »

To BPA or Not to BPA, That Is The Question

Featured image In between gasps about the hottest year ever, and palpitations over fracking, environmentalists have been worked up for a long time now about BPA—bisphenol-A, an ingredient in many plastic products.  Environmentalists want it banned, because Rosie O’Donnell or something.  Well, European environmental regulators, who typically ban things before breakfast, have given BPA a clean bill of health.  They found . . . oh heck, why not let Ron Bailey, the »

Blast from the (Democratic) Past

Featured image Sen. Joni Ernst is getting mixed reviews for her delivery of the GOP response to Obama’s State of the Union speech.  I thought she did fine with an awful format.  I actually think the party might want to skip making a response, but we can have that discussion later. But if you’re in the camp that is critical of Ernst, you should see the Democratic response to Reagan in 1985, »

The Best Star Wars News Yet

Featured image I’m not sure I’m completely sold on the genius of J.J. Abrams—look, his TV show “Lost” was appropriately named—but I am glad he’s made the right call about dumping George Lucas into Hollywood’s celluloid ash heap, as reported deliciously by TMZ: Disney thinks the Force is no longer strong with George Lucas … because the legendary filmmaker says all his ideas for the new “Star Wars” film were tossed out the nearest »

The Tyrant and the Statesman

Featured image Remember when Obama remarked that “it turns out our Founders designed a system that makes it more difficult to bring about change than I would like sometimes.” It turns out? He just figured that out when he got to the White House? What closet did Valerie Jarrett stuff the hapless fellow who broke the news? Obama’s impatience with the Constitution—a document that went unmentioned in last night’s State of the »

Media Alert: SOTU, So You Don’t Have To

Featured image So I’m up to my neck in show prep for tomorrow morning’s Bill Bennett radio show, which will be devoted—all three hours—to “deconstructing” (time we used the academic left’s terminology against them) Obama’s State of the Union speech.  By all means you should skip it.  I’m watching it so you don’t have to.  Also radio.  So do tune in to the show in the morning if you can; I’ll have »

Media Alert: Bill Bennett Show Wednesday

Featured image I’ll be guest-hosting Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show on Wednesday morning from 6 – 9 am eastern time.  Check the website for your local station, or listen online.  I’ll be breaking down President Obama’s State of the Union address from the night before, with maybe a detour about the leftist hysteria over the box office success of American Sniper, and a word or two about the “hottest year” hysteria »

Happy Days Are Here Again!

Featured image If you’re a climatista, that is. The news that 2014 is the hottest year EVER!* has the climatistas wetting their drawers: we’re back in business! Amazing what two one-hundredths of one degree will do for the hard up. John has already noted the general weakness of this case, but if you think John beats down on it, check out NASA’s Dr. Roy Spencer: I’ve addressed the “hottest year” claim before »

For Your Viewing Pleasure

Featured image We have a link posted in our “Picks” section above to the first installment of Harvey Mansfield on the character of our two political parties in the indispensable City Journal, and I do advise you to read it.  But you can also take it in by video, in the latest “Conversations with Bill Kristol,” just out this morning.  The whole conversation is nearly 90 minutes, but Mansfield’s reflections on the »

Intelligence Tests for Liberals

Featured image American Sniper has lit up the box office over the weekend, with packed theaters having to turn away moviegoers. Selma, not so much. The total box office for American Sniper may well top $100 million by the end of the weekend. And guess who really really hates the success of this movie? Liberals. Like Guardian columnist Lindy West: “The real American Sniper was a hate-filled killer. Why are simplistic patriots »