Author Archives: Steven Hayward

The Week @ Yale: The Eternal Return of Socialism

Featured image For those of you in the New Haven area, I am returning to Yale this week for the latest installment of my lecture series for the William F. Buckley Program at Yale, this time on the topic “Liberalism vs. ‘Neoliberalism’: Why Is Socialism Popular Again?” The lecture will go off Thursday at 4:30 pm in WLH 116, at 100 Wall Street, right in the middle of campus. If you’re not »

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Featured image • Factoid: Federal district courts have issued 30 nationwide injunctions against Trump Administration actions. Aside from the legal argument about whether federal district courts should be able to issue nationwide injunctions, this is more injunctions than all other U.S. presidents combined. #JudicialResistance? • Oh goody: • AOC chaser: Not being transgender makes me privileged says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as she says: ‘I will never know the trauma of feeling like I’m »

Dems Near Meltdown in Virginia

Featured image While Governor Northam continues with his modified limited hangout, we’d better not say that his erstwhile successor, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, is “twisting in the wind,” because that phrase would be racist, wouldn’t it? When rumors began circulating yesterday—perhaps from the Northam camp?—that Fairfax might have a “#MeToo” problem from a sexual encounter way back in 2004, he rushed out a statement at 3 am last night that the Washington »

Monday Morning in Pictures: Super Bowl Mini-Edition

Featured image The Super Bowl memes and whatnot are going to be stale by next Saturday, so a special edition is clearly called for. I rather like a good defensive struggle, and wasn’t bothered a bit by the low scoring. But that’s traditional conservatism speaking, the kind that always favored crew-cut Johnny Unitas over the Broadway Joe Namath. And finally. . . congratulations again to the Patriots: »

Northam: Once More With Feeling

Featured image It looked for a few minutes last night that Gov. Ralph Northam might resign during the Super Bowl, which would be even better than a late Friday afternoon for burying bad news. It was reported that he was huddling with top aides, but so far nothing has come of it. Meanwhile, quite a number of people have said that conservatives should stay on the sidelines on this whole matter, because »

Why Democrats Will Oust Gov. Northam

Featured image A few stray thoughts about the saga of Gov. Ralph Northam: First, quite aside from the credulity-straining explanations Northam offered, what struck me was his mediocrity, best seen by his reflex, after every opening sentence in response to a question, to pivot immediately to the rote cliches of politics, i.e., “I just want to get back to doing the important work of the people of Virginia,” etc., as if this »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 109: Lucretia, Unplugged!

Featured image Readers have been asking when we’ll have back Power Line’s International Woman of Mystery, “Lucretia,” and your wish is our command. “Lucretia” joins us again with some choice rants about the whole Ralph Northam affair and the Democrat’s “Calhoun moment” on abortion, the invincible ignorance of the new socialists like AOC, and the Wall. But then we turn to the really important subjects: wine, whisky, handguns, and coffee. (Aren’t those »

The Week in Pictures: Polar Vortex Edition

Featured image As everyone knows, the upper midwest, including Power Line Central Command in Minnesota, has been suffering from some extreme climate change this week. Because everything is caused by climate change. Even Donald Trump’s hairdo. Out here at Power Line Pacific Command on the Left Coast, we’re having some rain, but otherwise I’m in my shirtsleeves as usual. But first, we have to lead with this (and happy Groundhog Day, by »

Breaking: Northam Heading South? [Updated]

Featured image Scott wrote this morning about Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s extraordinarily shocking open embrace of infanticide, and this afternoon the story is breaking about this image from Northam’s medical school yearbook page (see the upper right): It is not clear yet whether Northam is the person in blackface, or the person in the Klan hood (nice choice). The Virginia Senate Democratic leader Richard L. Saslaw  told the Washington Post: “While it’s in »

Regarding Schultz

Featured image Scott wrote this morning about the collective freakout on the Left about Howard Schultz’s independent candidacy for president, because his vote-splitting potential might assure Trump’s re-election. The logic of this is obvious enough, but I am not so sure Schultz isn’t doing Democrats a big favor, and that it could work out very differently. Stranger things have happened. It’s not like we’ve never seen a billionaire who had never held »

The Ultimate Bernie Bro Appears to be a “Comrade”

Featured image It appears that the ultimate “Bernie Bro” (whatever exactly that is supposed to be) is . . . Bernie Sanders himself. A short grainy video has emerged in the last couple days, apparently put out by the Beto O’Rourke camp, that shows a shirtless Bernie (insert shudder here) in Moscow on his honeymoon in 1988, singing “This Land Is Your Land” with a bunch of Soviets who appear (for that »

Liberal Social Darwinism In Action

Featured image I think it was our pal Charles Kesler who once remarked that “Social Darwinism” was the only kind of Darwinism that liberals oppose, though to be sure it is actually the progressive left that the label “Social Darwinism” fits most accurately. In any case, the liberals of Seattle seem determined to give Darwinian survival of the fittest a good workout. From NPR this week: Washington State Officials Declare State Of »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 108: Touring Hot Spots—Venezuela and Iran

Featured image Venezuela has been falling apart for more than a decade, but when matters reached a seeming crisis point last week, I decided it was high time to catch up with Mark Falcoff, the longtime Latin American expert now retired from the American Enterprise Institute, to walk us through the scene (including some terrific trivia about the structure of the Venezuelan army). Then I shift focus to the other member of »

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Featured image • No sooner do I speculate yesterday that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is likely unpopular with House Democrats that this pops up in the news: Some Dems float idea of primary challenge for Ocasio-Cortez Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has infuriated colleagues by aligning with a progressive outside group that’s threatening to primary entrenched Democrats. Now some of those lawmakers are turning the tables on her and are discussing recruiting a primary challenger »

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Featured image After a solid week on the road, time to catch up with a few news items. • Oh please, please make it so! Hillary Clinton tells friends she’s leaving 2020 door open Hillary Clinton may not be ready to give up on her Oval Office dreams, CNN’s Jeff Zeleny reports. “Clinton is telling people that she’s not closing the doors to the idea of running in 2020,” Zeleny said. “I’m told by »

Regarding Harris

Featured image Regarding Kamala Harris’s presidential prospects, a few observations on why conservatives should fear her more than other candidates in the Dem field. First, I want to add a little bit to Paul’s post about Harris and Willie Brown from earlier today. Paul understates Brown’s full political stature by describing him as a “kingmaker” in Bay Area politics. Brown in his heyday as Assembly Speaker was simply the smartest politician in »

Liberal Hate Turned to 11

Featured image The erratic Andrew Sullivan has a pretty good piece up at New York magazine about the Covington boys school affair on the Washington mall, and correctly notes that the mainstream media totally lets the Black Hebrew Israelites off the hook. Even the egregious Southern Poverty Law Center identifies the Black Hebrew Israelites as a hate group, but, as Sullivan notes: And yet the elite media seemed eager to downplay their »