Author Archives: Steven Hayward

The Week in Pictures: Animals Edition

Featured image I don’t get it. Liberals worry all the time about “invasive species” that disrupt our natural ecosystems, but somehow get all warm and fuzzy about “The Animals” who disrupt our social ecosystems. If Trump had only said something about the “British invasion” instead of the MSNBC gang, he’d have been fine. It’s just such a Burdon keeping up with the latest porous border in liberal outrage. Calling Pink Floyd: we »

The Invincible Mendacity and Hypocrisy of the Liberal Media

Featured image I know, “liberal media” is redundant, and pointing out the hypocrisy of the left is a tedious, never-ending chore, but the coverage of Trump’s comments about the MS-13 gang being “animals” is beyond even the most egregious examples of liberal mendacity. I’m pretty sure Americans understand by now that Trump is often clumsy in his statements, especially his off-the-cuff remarks. In the age of internet searches, it is a simple »

Richard Pipes, RIP

Featured image Sad news today of the passing of Richard Pipes, the great scholar of Soviet affairs and many other subjects. He was the author of many fine books, including especially his large book The Russian Revolution, which is one of the very best accounts of that crucial event. I only met the great professor once or twice very casually, in a large group at some Washington or New York dinner that »

University Suicide Watch, Part 3

Featured image The suicide of the university proceeds apace: —Item 1 comes from Hiram College in Ohio, which may—gasp!—shrink some tenured faculty positions: Last December, Hiram College wrote to alumni to assure them that an ongoing academic redesign of the 168-year-old liberal arts college, led by President Lori Varlotta, would proceed in an orderly fashion. Foreign language, philosophy and religious studies programs may take the worst hits. “Everybody is scared to death,” one »

California: Who’s Leaving? Who’s Coming?

Featured image The latest news out of California is that the state has actually achieved a budget surplus that is billions larger than expected—$3.8 billion more than forecast back in January. Good times for the spend-happy state legislature, and the next Democratic governor who will love to be able to pass out goodies upon taking office next January. As the Sacramento Bee comments: “It’s an irresistible pot of money for lawmakers who »

Jonah’s Suicide Hotline, and All That Stuff

Featured image (Dear reader—Fair warning: this is a long post, so best to settle in on the couch and make sure your dogs have completed their morning walks . . .) Okay class, everyone settle in for today’s seminar and get out your textbook, Jonah Goldberg’s Suicide of the West.  Turn to page 316, and circle this sentence: “Indeed, as much as I hold Trump in contempt, I am still compelled to »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 70: The “Flight 93 Election” Comes in for a Landing

Featured image Last Thursday and Friday John and I participated in the Ricochet Podcast Summit at AEI in Washington DC, and on Friday morning we taped episode 7o of the Power Line Show with Michael Anton, the former spokesman for Trump’s National Security Council and author of the controversial “Flight 93 Election” article from September 2016. Anton revisited the infamous article, shared his insights about Trump’s political character, and also regaled the live »

Civil War on the Left, Part 59: Minnesota Not-So-Nice

Featured image It’s true. Everyone in Minnesota is nice. Not just Scott and John and Mitch Pearlstein. Everyone, that is, except progressive Democrats. Turns out a Democratic group in the state founded to promote the legacy of the late Paul Wellstone is feuding: In the Democratic Party’s reckoning following the election of Donald Trump, an unlikely feud has erupted inside an organization at the heart of the progressive movement. Earlier this year, »

Trump Is Starting to Spook the Left

Featured image Did anyone happen to catch David Brooks’s latest column, “Donald Trump’s Lizard Wisdom,” in the New York Times? I about fell out of my chair, because Brooks almost tacitly admits that maybe he was wrong about Trump. Referring to Trump’s experience dealing with the mobbed-up New York construction scene in his long real estate career, Brooks says: And yet I can’t help but wonder if that kind of background has »

Climatistas: “Show Me The Money!”

Featured image As I’ve pointed out many times before, a large part of the international climate change racket is the way in which it can be turned into just another way of effecting a wealth transfer from wealthy nations to the poorer developing nations of the world, even though most foreign aid often turns developing nations into corrupt kleptocracies. Most developing nations are increasing their use of oil and building coal-fired power plants »

Time for McCain to Resign (Updated)

Featured image (See UPDATE at the end.) It is unfortunate that a careless person in the Trump White House made the callous remark—even if in a supposedly private setting—that John McCain doesn’t matter because “he’s dying anyway.” First, that staffer, Kelly Sadler, obviously doesn’t know the first rule of Washington, which is that nothing is ever truly off the record, especially in White House staff meetings, though coming in a close second »

The Week in Pictures: Thank God It’s Saturday Edition

Featured image What a week. Monday started off in promising fashion, with the defenestration of the egregious New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Then Trump withdrew from the flawed Iran nuclear sell-out, and then announced the summit location (Singapore) with Kim Jong Un, and then welcomed back three American hostages held by the Norks. As our pal David Deeble comments, Singapore may have been picked because it has a shortage of competent »

Gee—I Wonder If It Might Be Immigration?

Featured image I got a tip to look at a brand new YouGov poll taken in Europe about what people regard as  the most important issue facing the European Union. Guess which issue came in first? Here is their shocker chart displaying the results that I’ll bet won’t get much mentioned in the American media: Incidentally, John and I taped a fabulous podcast this morning with Michael Anton at the AEI/Ricochet Podcast »

Tired of #MeToo? Try Something NeW

Featured image As in NeW—which is short for Network of Enlightened Women. Check them out. But more to the point, if you have a daughter in college or just starting out in the world after graduation, NeW has a terrific summer “Young Women’s Leadership Retreat” being held this year from July 26 – 29 in Philadelphia. Although there are a lot of good summer programs for students that we often note here, »

California’s Suicide Attempt, Part 6: Let’s Make Housing More Expensive!

Featured image Not sure whether this item deserves to be filed under “California’s Suicide” or our “Green Weenie” category.  Apparently California’s governing class thinks the cost of housing isn’t high enough, because the state government has just mandated that all new housing starting in 2020 must come with rooftop solar power. You have to be rolfing roofies to think mandated rooftop solar makes any sense. MIT’s Technology Review notes: “The new rule »

Love Me, I’m a Liberal—Trump Version

Featured image We’ve taken note before of the endless ways Phil Ochs’s classic tune from the 1960s, “Love Me, I’m a Liberal” can be adapted to changing times (such as my Harvey Weinstein version from a few months ago). Power Line reader Michael Kochin points us to a new version adapting the idea for the time of Trump from someone going as LessThree. Worth a quick view: »

Pop Culture Tidings

Featured image I don’t think I will be venturing into spoiler territory if I point out that the galactic villain of The Avengers: Infinity Wars, whose name is Thanos (close to or perhaps derived from the ancient Greek word thanatos, for rule of death), is a Paul Ehrlich-style Malthusian. In the movie Thanos expresses his ruthless determination to reduce the population of the entire universe dramatically because of “scarce resources.” What a »