Liberals

10 Years Ago on Power Line: Have Liberals Learned Anything?

Featured image Borrowing an inspiration from Glenn Reynolds looking back at old dispatches from Instapundit, I think it might be worth revisiting some old posts on this site from time to time. Ten years ago this month Paul took note of Peter Beinart’s argument that liberals—and only liberals—could win the war on terror. He wrote a book about the idea shortly thereafter, and then after Bush and the Iraq war become more »

The Next President Must Be a White Male Republican

Featured image That is Glenn Reynolds’s modest proposal. And he is right. The supposed watchdogs of the press become toothless lap pets when the president is a Democrat, let alone a black Democrat. Those of us who believe in the Constitution can wish for only thing: a white male Republican, like Donald Trump. Only the victory of such a candidate will cause the liberal commentariat (and maybe the judiciary) to re-awaken to »

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 »

Will Liberals’ Posthumous Smears of Justice Scalia Succeed?

Featured image George Mason University’s law school was founded in 1979. Justice Antonin Scalia spoke at the dedication of the law school’s current building in 1999 and was a guest lecturer at the university. The law school developed a plan to expand its faculty and scholarship program, and in the wake of Justice Scalia’s death, an anonymous donor offered $20 million to fund those programs. The Charles Koch Foundation added a $10 »

States Protest Obama’s Crazed Transgender Order

Featured image The Departments of Education and Justice have issued a letter to every school district in America, directing all public schools to allow “transgender” students to use bathrooms and showers normally reserved for the opposite sex. The administration’s letter doesn’t have any legal force, but carries an implied threat of litigation or cutting off of federal funding to any district that fails to comply. I have scoured the Constitution, but have »

Summer of Hate

Featured image We have commented on violent anti-Trump protests, e.g., here. But anti-Trump demonstrations are pretty much a daily occurrence. As the estimable Zombie says, “The media is only interested in these protests when violence or riots erupt.” You may remember Zombie, who chronicled Communist Bay Area demonstrations a few years ago. (S)he is back, portraying the ugliness of anti-Trump protesters–ugliness that the liberal media would rather not show you. Zombie writes: »

A conspiracy so intense, cont’d

Featured image Democratic officeholders seem to be operating a conspiracy to stifle free speech and suppress heterodox thought. They’re on C.P. time, alright: Communist Party time. Glenn Reynolds named names in his USA Today column “Dear attorneys general, conspiring against free speech is a crime.” Glenn identified U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as co-conspirators. Glenn laid out the »

Liberals Having Second Thoughts?

Featured image While conservatives are looking up techniques for Hari-Kari in the moment of Trump’s triumph, curious things are happening among some liberals. Yale historian Beverly Gage (I’ve written about Gage before here, and we appeared together on the PBS News Hour back in 2013 here) has a very interesting review in the New York Times Book Review about two new books from liberal authors about the problem of liberal elitism: In »

A face in the crowd: P.J. O’Rourke edition

Featured image After posting the video of Our Lady of the Trigger expressing herself at the UMass Amherst event featuring Christina Hoff Sommers, I happened onto P.J. O’Rourke’s introduction to Give War A Chance (1992). P.J.’s apothegm may qualify for inclusion in Steve Hayward’s continuing series of blasts from the past. For my purposes, I think it explicates the video of Our Lady of the Trigger: The liberal is continually angry, as »

Yale: Beyond parody

Featured image Yale University President Peter Salovey solemnly addressed “the Yale community” by email in the early evening hours last night. He had a portentous announcement. Among other things, Yale has reached a decision on whether to retain the title “master” to refer to the teachers taking up the mantle at Yale’s residential colleges. You can feel the brain cells sloughing off as you read the deliberation that went into taking the »

Liberal Policies Destroy Small Business

Featured image In my new capacity as President of Minnesota’s think tank, I am paying close attention to the state’s economy. Historically strong and diverse, our economy has been badly weakened by decades of mostly-left-wing governance. Small business has been especially hurt, which is one reason why in 2014, families with household incomes of nearly a billion dollars on net left Minnesota for lower-tax states. An outfit called Thumbtack conducted a nationwide »

Why they hate her

Featured image Getting the chance to interview Ayaan Hirsi Ali at the 2012 Presidential Conference in Jerusalem was one of the highest of the many highlights I’ve had writing for Power Line over the past (nearly) 14 years. (I posted a photo of her with me after the interview along with my retrospective on the conference even though the contrast was…not to my advantage.) I admire her intelligence, her eloquence and her »

Why Government Investments Fail

Featured image This short video from Prager University, featuring Burt Folsom, a historian at Hillsdale College, is titled “Why Private Investment Works & Govt. Investment Doesn’t.” It does an excellent job of reminding us–and no doubt teaching some for the first time–that whether you are spending your own money or someone else’s makes a big difference: »

Let’s Kill Trump!

Featured image Our politics continue to spiral downhill, and the devolution is largely cheered by the Left. Coachella is a music festival held annually at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. My modest knowledge of popular culture suggests that it is a big deal, attended by such luminaries as Johnny Manziel and various Kardashians and Jenners. Among the headliners today was a rapper known as YG who performed, to the ecstatic »

Resolving the Contradiction of “Progressivism”

Featured image Historians and political theorists have long puzzled over how to resolve the glaring contradiction of Progressive ideology—namely, that Progressive “reform” emphasizes greater “democracy,” and championed innovations like the direct election of Senators, the initiative and referendum, etc. Give the people what they want! Up with democracy! At the same time, Progressives also advanced the theory of government administration deliberately remote from politics and popular accountability—the Administrative State staffed by elite »

A conspiracy so intense

Featured image Democratic officeholders seem to be operating a conspiracy to stifle free speech and suppress heterodox thought. They’re on C.P. time, alright: Communist Party time. Glenn Reynolds names names in his USA Today column “Dear attorneys general, conspiring against free speech is a crime.” Glenn identifies U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as co-conspirators. Glenn lays out the »

Librules R *So Smart*

Featured image Everyone knows the old saying, “If you’re so smart, how come you’re not rich?” Everyone except liberals, that is. One of the things I love about liberals is how much smarter they are than everyone in the business world. Amory Lovins has been telling us for nearly 40 years now about how his “soft energy” paths are so much superior—and cheaper!—than hydrocarbon or nuclear energy. Every day I expect to »