Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Liberalism’s Zero-Sum Racial Spoils System

Featured image Liberals have long believed that economics is a zero-sum process (think back to Lester Thurow’s old book, The Zero-Sum Society): people only get rich by taking from the poor. You see this in liberals’ long-used rhetoric about how income tax cuts, which allow people to keep more of what they earn, are described as “redistributing” wealth. The idea of positive wealth creation seems beyond the grasp of most liberals. Now »

The Week in Pictures: Infrastructure Edition

Featured image First, an announcement: there won’t be an episode of the 3WHH podcast this week. Both Lucretia and I are traveling, and we just don’t have the infrastructure to pull it off. What?—you say! Are we the only two Americans left out of Biden’s “infrastructure” bill? Apparently so. (Meanwhile, if you’re still jonesing for a podcast fix, I did another guest turn on the Ricochet podcast last night. Drinks were had. »

The Geek in Pictures: Risky Business Edition

Featured image What are the biggest risks out there right now? Listen to what the “experts” are saying, and then ignore it, because “expert” predictions are wrong most of the time. This first chart about major risks over the last decade, as estimated by people in the financial community, is very hard to make out (though you may be able to embiggen it), but the point of the chart is not the »

A Comic Book for Our Cartoon President

Featured image I thought surely this comic book cover that came to me over the transom was a joke or satire of some kind, but no—it’s real! Here is some of the description from the publisher: Dr. Jill Biden is the First Lady of the United States of America, and she’s defining that role in a way no other First Lady has before her. A mother, grandmother, and lifelong educator, Dr. Biden »

Today’s Theological Heresies on Race and Climate

Featured image • If you have a Wall Street Journal subscription, don’t miss today’s Gerard Baker column, “The C-Suite Converts to the New Political Religion.” If you don’t have a subscription, here’s the key part: The modern secularists who deride the hagridden mysticism of traditional religion are now the most devoted congregants in the First Church of Antiracism. Penitents line up to be shriven for their white privilege, bending the knee before »

“Out, Nazis!”

Featured image I don’t know the whole story here, but this two-minute video is rocketing around social media today, reportedly showing a clergyman in Canada telling the police and a public health bureaucrat to leave his church immediately. I’ll update as I find more details (here’s one early news account), but for the moment, this is the sound of someone asserting their liberty. The clergyman speaking is reportedly Polish, and from the »

The Great Liberal Death Wish Enters a New Phase

Featured image “The Great Liberal Death Wish” is Malcolm Muggeridge’s famous theme, which appeared in various iterations over the years. Here’s one version, from which we can extract the essence: I began to get the feeling that a liberal view of life was not what I’d supposed it to be—a creative movement which would shape the future—but rather a sort of death wish. . . It’s difficult to convey to you what »

Podcast: The 3WHH on Democracy at Easter

Featured image Winston Churchill wrote that “No two cities have counted more with mankind than Athens and Jerusalem. Their messages in religion, philosophy, and art have been the main guiding lights of modern faith and culture.” For Easter and Passover Lucretia and I decided to take up the Jerusalem side of this theme with the help of a forgotten figure who was a major influence on the young Churchill—the American politician Bourke »

The Week in Pictures: Everbiden Edition

Featured image That shipping container stuck in the Suez Canal for six days has to be some kind of metaphor for the Biden Administration and contemporary liberalism generally. It’s not much of a stretch to go from liberalism’s cargo cult mentality that the government is the provider of all good things by just spending money to having the flow of cargo stop because of incompetence, stormy weather, whatever. Here’s an idea: why »

The Week in Cancellation: Bonus Obama Edition?

Featured image I’ve had a theory for a while now, for which there is some suggestive empirical survey data, that the left began to go nuts a couple years before Trump rode down the escalator in 2015 and caused full-blown leftist insanity. The theory, first suggested to me by Charles Murray actually, is that the activist left was frustrated and angry by around 2014 that President Obama was such a huge disappointment. »

The Geek in Pictures: Wot Happened? Edition

Featured image • Up first: Anti-Semitism. Everyone knows the great historical riddle: how could Germany, the most educated nation in Europe, fall into such a vicious anti-Semitic frenzy? Thank goodness it could never happen here. Oh, wait—turns out the more education you have in the U.S., the more likely you are to support authoritarian measures against faithful Jews. But BLM? Riot on, man! Pretty sure we should be closing down graduate schools »

Podcast: The Power Line Show, Ep 247—VIP Highlights

Featured image Last night we had one of our special live Zoom events for Power Line VIP subscribers, but a gremlin seems to have prevented many VIPs from getting timely notice of the link to the event. So we decided to post up the audio of the event for VIPs who didn’t get a link or who were unable to join us for whatever reason–and for any curious listeners who want to hear »

The Week in Cancellation: Squidward Edition

Featured image This just tears it. The cancel madness has now set its gaze on Spongebob Squarepants. CNN reports that two “inappropriate episodes” are being pulled from rotation, one because of a plot line involving a virus that leads to a quarantine, and a second episode that involves a panty raid, which is now thought not “kid appropriate.” C’mon, man! This is getting beyond ridiculous. Except that it is a sneak attack »

Forty Years On

Featured image As is being widely remarked, today is the 40th anniversary of the assassination attempt on President Reagan outside the Washington Hilton. I was a fresh-out-of-college intern working for Stan Evans up at the Capitol Hill office of his National Journalism Center, where we typically had the public radio classical music station on at low volume in the background. So when the station broke into the middle of the music to »

Today in Campus Crazy

Featured image So we know that math is officially racist according to the Cult of the Wokerati, but what about compound interest, which Albert Einstein described as “the eighth wonder of the world—he who understands it, earns it. He who doesn’t, pays it”? The question becomes relevant because the latest object of campus outrage is financial guru Suze Orman, who was recently the online keynote speaker at the annual conference of NASPA: Student Affairs »

Podcast: The 3WHH Lowers the Boom on the Boomers

Featured image So we’re a day late getting this episode of the Three Whisky Happy Hour ready because we went on location, and recorded live in a real bar, located at an undisclosed location in the Free State of Texas. Here, as we do show prep, I’m having a glass of Oban 14, and Lucretia is having some Glenlivet, but for our recording segment I switched to one of her favorites, MacCallan »

The Week in Cancel Culture: First Edition

Featured image One of our faithful readers down in Australia (you know who you are down under) wrote in to say that perhaps we need to have a regular TWiCC (The Week in Cancel Culture) to go with TWiP, and TGiP. Not sure if the topic lends itself to this format, because pictures of witch trials and ritual drownings would get old pretty fast. Plus, if the coverage was comprehensive at all, »