Author Archives: Steven Hayward

The Week in Pictures: Make Bathrooms Great Again Edition

Featured image The bathroom wars continue unabated, while the intensity of an intra-party feud threatens one of our major parties with likely defeat in November. You thought I meant Republicans? No—now it looks like the Democrats are the party that is going to come apart right in front of our eyes. That’s what happens when thieves fall out amongst themselves about the spoils. Hillary is getting so desperate she’s actually speaking kindly »

Epic Solar Power Fail Gets Even More Epic-er

Featured image Last we checked in on the $2.2 billion Ivanpah solar power facility out in the California desert, it was in danger of being shut down because it was failing to produce the promised amount of electricity, despite all that free desert sunshine. (Before that we reported on how it was merely incinerating birds by the hundreds.) Well it gets better. Yesterday Ivanpah managed the feat of setting itself on fire: »

Fracking Nonsense, Debunked

Featured image Environmentalists who once praised natural gas as a “bridge fuel” predictably turned against hydraulic fracturing because it made gas cheap, abundant, and profitable—the three cardinal sins of green energy. (The first principle of “green energy” is that it isn’t acceptable unless it requires buckets of taxpayer cash to keep afloat, which thereby limits its abundance over time. And generates lots of the other kind of “green” for Al Gore and »

The Endless Enigma of Donald Trump

Featured image Trump is likely to be puzzling us long after he finishes his second term in the White House (heh). Is he a would-be fascist, a mere authoritarian, a savvy “deal-maker,” or just an imperious narcissist? Or something else? Paul has already drawn our attention to Robert Kagan’s Washington Post article making the case that Trump is essentially a fascist. Fascism is a word that is hard to define with agreeable »

Today’s Hot Reads

Featured image 1. Did former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell really say that Trump would lose because there are more ugly women in America? Yes, he did: “Will he [Donald Trump] have some appeal to working-class Dems in Levittown or Bristol? Sure,” Rendell said. “For every one, he’ll lose one and a half, two Republican women. Trump’s comments like, ‘You can’t be a 10 if you’re flat-chested, that’ll come back to haunt him.'” »

Annals of Economic Illiteracy

Featured image My first mentor in journalism right out of college, the great M. Stanton Evans, liked to point to mainstream media coverage of inflation for examples of head-smackingly superficial grasp of the issues. Most stories about inflation would say something like, “The consumer price index rose 1 percent last month, led by increases in food, gasoline, and housing,” as though it is was the price increases themselves that caused inflation, rather »

Not Gonna Call These Gals, Part 2

Featured image Back in March we noted that the trailer for the forthcoming high-estrogen remake of Ghostbusters looked dreadful, and subsequently YouTube viewers marked down the trailer by a massive margin. There’s a new trailer out yesterday, and it looks even worse: Another sign, as Ed Driscoll and Glenn Reynolds like to point out, that Hollywood not only lacks news ideas, but now is losing its ability to re-do the better old »

James Madison’s Ultimate Test

Featured image Given the lack of confidence in either of the two major party presidential presumptive nominees, earlier today I tweeted out the following thought-provoker: What prompted this was a passage from another old unpublished lecture of Harry V. Jaffa from 1996 that I happen to have found during recent book research: [Madison] believed that the statesmanship of the wise and the good that went into the architecture of the Constitution would »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 36: “Frankfurters All the Way Down”

Featured image This episode of the Power Line Show features an interview with Michael Walsh about his fascinating recent book The Devil’s Pleasure Palace: The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the West. Walsh explains how most of the nihilistic radicalism of our time derives from the “Frankfurt School,” the group of mid-20th century emigre philosophers whose eclectic post-Marxist thought can be found at the root of nearly everything wrong »

Random Thoughts for a Wednesday Evening

Featured image 1. The old cliché holds that Republicans fall in line (behind the inevitable establishment candidate), while Democrats fall in love (with some renegade populist insurgent). This year the roles have been scrambled. Republican voters—a sufficient plurality anyway—fell in love with Donald Trump, while the Democratic base won’t fall in line behind Hillary. They are smitten with Bernie instead, and it’s the Republican establishment that is having trouble falling in line »

Better Living Through Chemistry: The Settled Science

Featured image If I still dressed up for trick or treat on Halloween, I think I’d don a costume for the most frightening thing imaginable to the Greenie left: I’d dress up as a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO). Go with Frankenfood when Frankenstein won’t do. Yesterday the National Academy of Sciences released a 407-page report on genetically engineered crops that debunks most of the frothier claims of the anti-GMO crusaders. From the »

Is Trump Actually Ahead of Hillary Already?

Featured image Think back to last year’s election in Britain, where the Tory Party ran well ahead of its polls on election day. The explanation for the polling gap was the existence of a large number of “shy Tories”—people who sided with the Conservative Party, but didn’t want to admit this to pollsters for a variety of reasons, the main one being an even more suffocating atmosphere of political correctness and media »

Why Is The World So Dangerous, The Sequel

Featured image I’ve had occasion here before to talk about Herbert Meyer, who served as vice chairman of the CIA’s National Intelligence Council under President Reagan. (You can take in my exclusive interview three-part with Herb from two years ago here, here, and here.) Meyer was one of the few people to perceive in the early 1980s that the United States and it allies might have turned the corner and was on »

Meat-Eater’s Manifesto

Featured image I enjoy reminding people that I’m actually a vegan. I just allow the cow to do the work first. This is a nice piece of work piercing the pretensions of Veganism. I especially like “I could never eat plants that are raised on crowded farms and inhumane living conditions with less than one square inch of space per stalk, stuck in the soil against their will.” (About 3 minutes long.) »

Civil War on the Left, Part 27

Featured image I’ve been expecting this to happen for a long time. From the New York Times: Rift Between Labor and Environmentalists Threatens Democratic Turnout Plan By Jonathan Martin WASHINGTON — Two of the Democratic Party’s most loyal constituencies, labor and environmentalists, are clashing over an effort to raise tens of millions of dollars for an ambitious voter turnout operation aimed at defeating Donald J. Trump in the November election. The rift »

How Come No Climate Love for Me?

Featured image I’m behind in following up on the Federal RICO investigation of climate skepticism, and only this weekend finally got round to reading the subpoena that the Department of Justice has sent to ExxonMobil by way of the attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands. And I must say I am disappointed. There’s a long list of climate criminals, most of them friends or acquaintances of mine, whose communications to and »

Academic Absurdity of the Week: Who You Callin’ Abby Normal?

Featured image It’s Monday, and as usual it only takes about one minute to round up candidates for the academic absurdity of the week. Let’s just go straight to the abstract from the Journal of Homosexuality—I’ll offer commentary afterward: The Violence of Heteronormativity in Communication Studies; Notes on Injury, Healing, and Queer World-Making Gust A. Yep Phd Heteronormativity is everywhere. It is always already present in our individual and collective psyches, social institutions, cultural »