Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Podcast: The 3WHH on the Crisis of Our Time

Featured image This really should be a Two Whisky Happy Hour this week as the whisky bar is short one bartender. John Yoo is overseas yet again to Italy for some nefarious purpose, so it’s just me and Lucretia slinging the 180-proof analysis of the Twitter revelations and other news headlines of the end of the week. But the main topic is following up on the mid-week conversation with Glenn Ellmers on »

The Week in Pictures: Crazy Sweepstakes Edition

Featured image This was the crazy-turned-to-eleven week when Alyssa Milano took pity on Sam Bankrupt-Fraud and tried to distract attention from his plight by picking a fight with Elon Musk, but over in the shadows Kanye [Ye] West said, “Hold my German beer: watch THIS!” I certainly hope over the weekend we hear from Bono, or some other leading celebrity, so we’ll know what to think. In the meantime, I hope some »

The Daily Chart: Climate Deaths?

Featured image I know we have previously shared data on the sharp downward trend in climate-related deaths over the last century, which is exactly the opposite of what the climate hysterics and their stenographers in the media claim daily. I think we used this chart before: Here’s a new look at the data worth passing along: Meanwhile, you know the leading climate-related case of death is? Cold weather, especially when you can’t »

Reparations Time?

Featured image If you squint closely enough, you can detect Gavin Newsom edging ever so slightly to the right in preparation for running for president in 2024. (Pay no attention to his disavowal of a 2024 run the other day; he only ruled out challenging Biden. If Biden withdraws on his own, Newsom 2024 will be on!) He opposed a recent proposal to raise incomes taxes yet again on the top 1 »

Thought for the Day: On “PostModernism”

Featured image From Stephen Hicks’ book, Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault: Any intellectual movement is defined by its fundamental philosophical premises. Those premises state what it takes to be real, what it is to be human, what is valuable, and how knowledge is acquired. That is, any intellectual movement has a metaphysics, a conception of human nature and values, and an epistemology. . . Metaphysically, postmodernism is anti-realist, »

The Daily Chart: World Cup Half Empty?

Featured image I gather there is some kind of supposedly significant metric football competition happening some godforsaken place that rhymes with gutter. And like the Olympics, this quadrennial spectacle is a huge money-loser for the host country or city. The chart below displays the costs and revenues, showing not only the soaring costs to host, but the shortfalls most of the time. But this chart omits one key variable—the amount of graft »

Thought for the Day: John Adams on Education

Featured image John Adams, with advice germane to public education just now: It should be your care, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them a habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep »

The Daily Chart: The Musk Effect

Featured image These does seem to be a lot of circumstantial evidence that Twitter discriminated against conservatives before Musk took it over, and hopefully we’ll see some hard evidence emerge from Musk’s declared intent to release internal communications about, for example, the ban on news about Hunter Biden’s laptop before the 2020 election. This chart does add to the view that Twitter had tilted the playing field: »

Podcast: Glenn Ellmers on “Hard Truths & Radical Possibilities”

Featured image Glenn Ellmers has done it again, with a new provocation that “the constitutional republic created by our founders no longer exists.” His article posted at American Greatness, “Hard Truths and Radical Possibilities,” backs up this startling proposition with five very stark supporting arguments, starting with the fact that elections no longer suffice to control our government (even if they are fair and above reproach). Elections are now a mere nuisance—barely a »

Thought for the Day: Kenneth Minogue on Politics

Featured image From the late Kenneth Minogue’s very fine Politics: A Very Short Introduction (highly recommended): “In our time,” Thomas Mann remarked, “the destiny of man presents its meaning in political terms.” This is certainly true for a lot of bores in universities who believe that one cannot enjoy a poem or conduct a love affair without at the same time making a political statement. At a common-sense level, this view is »

The Daily Chart: The Farmland Bubble?

Featured image I recall that back in the 1980s, when all the certified “experts” said that Japan would overtake America as the world’s largest economy by 2010, Japanese investors were buying American farmland (also urban real estate such as Rockefeller Center and marquee properties like the golf course at Pebble Beach—later sold back at steep losses). Now I hear that the Chinese are buying a lot of farmland. I don’t know what »

Thought for the Day: Does Anyone Like Kamala?

Featured image From Salvatore Babones writing in The Quadrant in Australia: Simply put: no one likes Kamala Harris. No one even feels bad for not liking her. Her boss doesn’t like her; her aides don’t like her; even her Irish terrier doesn’t like her. Harris featured it (no one knows the sex) in a single 2018 Facebook post for National Puppy Day, calling the one-year-old her “office dog”, which implies that she »

The Daily Chart: Latest SAT Scores by Race

Featured image From Mark Perry, the latest SAT scores by race. No wonder elite colleges are racing to get rid of the SAT, LSAT, and other aptitude tests (which the higher education establishment initially invented), and are turning on the idea of meritocracy itself. »

UMass-Boston Faculty Says “Enough!”

Featured image The woke diversicrats at the University of Massachusetts Boston have issued drafts of a new “mission statement” and “vision statement” for the campus (because why just limit yourself to a mission statement when you can have a vision statement too). They are as follows: Mission statement draft: As an academic community of global and local citizens, we are committed to becoming an anti-racist and health-promoting institution that honors and uplifts »

Gruesome Newsom Watch

Featured image As I commented previously, the political figure secretly most disappointed that the GOP red wave didn’t occur in the mid-term is Gavin Newsom. If a red wave had taken out Michigan’s Wretched Witmer, Minnesota’s Tim Walz, Colorado’s Jared Polis, or New York’s Kathy Hochul, Newsom could point to his landslide re-election in California as evidence that he’s the strongest person to run for president in 2024 in place of the »

Loose Ends (195)

Featured image • I didn’t think any other politician (except perhaps John Fetterman) could make Joe Biden sound like a MENSA member, but behold Canada’s Justin Trudeau, at a recent parliamentary hearing: “Using protests to demand changes to public policy is something that I think is worrisome” • Guess what’s racist now? Fossils. The rise of scientific racism in palaeoanthropology A forensic anthropologist unmasks insidious interpretations of fossil finds. . . . The »

The Week in Pictures: Cryptophan Edition

Featured image Forget the usual post-Thanksgiving turkey tryptophan hangover: what we have unfolding right now is a full-fledged cryptophan stupor overtaking the pretensions of Silicon Valley and its progressive cheerleaders. The collapse of FTX is more than just another spectacular case of corporate fraud and speculation rum amok, but is connected to some key aspects of  progressivism today, though few of the media accounts of the scene are taking note of this. »