Author Archives: Steven Hayward

Trust “The Science” They Say

Featured image I think I have posted this chart before in a Geek in Pictures gallery, but it is worth breaking out on its own for a spotlight: Notice that back in the 1980s and early 1990s, “trust in science” was higher among Republicans than Democrats, but what accounts for the explosion in Democratic Party trust in science in the last two years? I suspect if Donald Trump had been re-elected, and »

Why Roe Was Not Robust

Featured image Consider the following language from Justice Alito’s draft opinion in the Dobbs case: On the basis of elements such as these, appellant and some amici argue that the woman’s right is absolute and that she is entitled to terminate her pregnancy at whatever time, in whatever way, and for whatever reason she alone chooses. With this we do not agree. . . No wonder the left is freaking out that »

Plugging The Leaker

Featured image A lot of people, including Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business, think the person behind the leak of Justice Alito’s draft on Dobbs is going to be discovered or revealed very soon, apparently going on the assumption that the leak must have come from a clerk for one of the three liberal justices, and there are only 12 of them, so it shouldn’t be hard to figure out which one. I »

The Newest Climate Criminals: Oncologists?

Featured image We may have reached peak climatista absurdity with this article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology: Prescriptions for Mitigating Climate Change–Related Externalities in Cancer Care: A Surgeon’s Perspective Abstract In April 2021, President Biden pledged to drastically reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% relative to 2005 levels by 2030. This ambitious agenda will inevitably require significant changes across the breadth of the United States economy, including the health care »

Latest from the Dump Feinstein Campaign

Featured image Looks like Dianne Feinstein isn’t taking the hint. So, New York Times, you’re up next! These days, however, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the trailblazing Democratic power broker who has served in the Senate for 30 years, is far from the towering presence she once was on the American political stage. At 88, Ms. Feinstein sometimes struggles to recall the names of colleagues, frequently has little recollection of meetings or telephone conversations, »

The Left’s Mother’s Day Spectacle

Featured image On the Ricochet podcast yesterday, I observed that for certain pro-abortion fanatics, it is not sufficient to defend a “woman’s right to choose” on the grounds that it is a sad and tragic necessity under some circumstances—a view that likely commands majority respect if not support. Rather, like the Southern slaveholders before the Civil War, the most radical leftist elements celebrate abortion as a positive good. You can even get »

The Week in Pictures: Protest Everything Edition

Featured image I’ve got a great new business opportunity for someone: reversible protest signs. One side reads, “Down with Elon Musk!” The other side reads, “Down with the Supreme Court!” Call the enterprise “Sustainable Protest Supplies,” but make sure you use recycled paperboard. Incidentally, one of Stan Evans’s old Monday Club jokes ran: “Bob Dole has come out for reversing Roe v. Wade. He wants it to be Wade v. Roe.” A »

Podcast: Ricochet on The Black Hole of Jurisprudence

Featured image So for an unprecedented third week in a row I sat in again for Peter Robinson on the flagship Ricochet podcast, prompting speculation that I must have Peter captive in a Silence of the Lambs dungeon or something. To be sure, I am fighting the urge to buy a preppy sweater and knot it around my neck (regular listeners will understand the reference), but it’s always fun to try to »

Loose Ends (162)

Featured image • Oh goody—the identity politics crowd has come up with a substitute term for “Latinx,” which is hugely unpopular among hispanics according to repeated surveys. Campus Reform reports: New York University’s LGBTQ+ Center announced via Instagram that the university would be holding a slew of “Cultural and Identity-Based Graduation Celebrations” to “acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of graduating students of color and LGBTQ+ students.” Among the celebrations listed was an event titled »

Abortion: The Schrodinger’s Cat of Public Opinion

Featured image There are few issues about which public opinion is both remarkably steady and completely unsteady at the same time than abortion. Think of it as the Schrodinger’s Cat of opinion problems—it exists in a quantum state. This reflects partly the unease most people have thinking and talking about the issue, the seriousness of the vital moral questions involved, and the perennial problem of issue-polling where the form and order of »

Did “Glee” Lead to Glum?

Featured image I had a long conversation once with one of the most important behind-the-scenes leaders of the long drive to legalize gay marriage—one of the most shrewd and sophisticated (and therefore realistic) leftists I’ve ever met. He was candid and direct in dismissing the efforts of the Human Rights Campaign Fund—actually he held HRCF in contempt—and other high-profile and self-congratulatory activist groups. He said the two most important things that made »

Podcast: The 3WHH, Special Leakgate Edition

Featured image Owing partly to travel schedules that prevent our normal and proper Friday evening happy hour to debrief the week, combined with the shocking leak of the prospective Supreme Court opinion in the Dobbs case, we decided to declare a special mid-week happy hour with Scott and John joining in the libations, along with a special guest, the noted Whisky-McRibb pairing expert, John Yoo, coming to us from outside his favorite »

Then and Now

Featured image Two quotes for today: The seven-to-two judgment in Roe v. Wade declared “violative of the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment” a Texas criminal abortion statute that intolerably shackled a woman’s autonomy; the Texas law “except[ed] from criminality only a life-saving procedure on behalf of the [pregnant woman].” Suppose the Court had stopped there, rightly declaring unconstitutional the most extreme brand of law in the nation, and had not gone on, as the Court did »

Live Podcast Taping Today

Featured image For those of you interested in joining the extended gang this afternoon at 4 pm Pacific/6 pm Central/7 pm Eastern for our live podcast taping, here is the Zoom link. Come prepared with your questions and comments for me, Lucretia, John, Scott, and John Yoo. Whisky is optional, but recommended. (I’ll likely hit the Talisker for this episode.) The only thing we will not tolerate are any emanations of any »

Announcement: Live Podcast Taping Tomorrow!

Featured image In light of the dramatic Supreme Court news today, coupled with the fact that Lucretia and I are both traveling later this week and through the weekend and therefore unable to do our usual Friday night Three Whisky Happy Hour debrief, we’re going to do a live (by Zoom) podcast taping tomorrow (Wednesday) at 4 pm Pacific time/7 pm Eastern/6 pm Central, open to all comers. It gets better! John »

Forget Star Wars; How About Chart Wars?

Featured image Last week in our Geek in Pictures, I included a stylized chart that Colin Wright, an evolutionary biologist of liberal inclination, created (though I wasn’t sure at the time that he was the creator): Naturally the left, deeply insecure about their positions (which helps explain their censorious and authoritarian disposition), reacted badly to this chart, as Wright explained in a terrific article in the Wall Street Journal today after the »

Banner Day for the 1st Amendment

Featured image Aside from Leakgate, the other big legal news from the Supreme Court yesterday was its unanimous ruling that the City of Boston exercised impermissible discrimination against religious freedom with its refusal to fly a Christian flag over city hall while allowing flags from some 200 other organizations. Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the opinion, saying “When the government encourages diverse expression — say, by creating a forum for debate — the First »