Author Archives: Steven Hayward

The Week in Pictures: Brutish Empire Edition

Featured image Hey, I’ve got a great idea. For all those Brits who are still grumpy about 1776 and all that, how about we offer to rejoin Great Britain. Trump can become prime minister! I’ll bet he can get a Brexit deal done faster than you can say “Jerry Nadler on Line One!” The Queen has the right idea: And you gotta love polite British protesters: Headlines of the week (Florida Men »

The Power Line Show, Ep 128: Scott on the Noor Sentencing, and, What Kind of Country Do We Have Anyway?

Featured image This week’s two-part episode features our own Scott Johnson reporting on the verdict today in the Mohammed Noor case, and then we shift focus dramatically, talking with Prof. Joshua Dunn of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Matthew Peterson, vice president for educational programs at the Claremont Institute, about the latest bitter internecine fight on the right about “David Frenchism.” I didn’t know this was even a thing, »

The Pathetic Joe Biden

Featured image I suppose the headline for this entry might need to become a regular Power Line series between now and election day. It was as predictable as the sunrise that Biden’s long-time support of the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding for elective abortion, would crumple under pressure from the Abortion Absolutists who now control Democratic Party dogma. I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised that he crumpled so quickly. Get used »

Family Ties

Featured image Really, I don’t understand the left sometimes. They’re very upset at the practice of “family separation” of migrant children at the border (a practice that goes back many years, keep in mind), but then I return to my Communist Manifesto to remind myself that a key demand for achieving socialism is abolishing the family. Nationalizing the children has been a staple of socialist visions at least since Plato. So when »

A Better Way to Fight China?

Featured image Scott noted this morning the 30th anniversary of China’s brutal crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Tiananmen Square. This set me to thinking about Trump’s trade strategy with China (and now Mexico) and an old memory. Almost 12 or 15 years ago now I was teaching a class at Georgetown as a visiting lecturer, and one of my students was a young Chinese lady who seemed very bright, though quiet »

Loose Ends (86)

Featured image • I was going over the general scene with a sage friend who pointed out that it is inevitable that the Democrats will impeach Trump. Not because Trump has committed an impeachable offense, but because the Democrats are in deep trouble if, as is highly possible, the forthcoming Justice Department’s inspector general’s report and U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the FBI “monitoring” of the Trump campaign »

The Democratic Socialists Amongst Us

Featured image The Washington Post reports that Colorado’s former governor and current presidential candidate John Hickenlooper, appearing at the California Democratic Party state convention this weekend, criticized socialism—imagine that!—and was promptly booed by the audience: SAN FRANCISCO — Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper found a way to stand out at a crowded gathering of California Democrats: He denounced “socialism,” and got booed. “If we want to beat Donald Trump and achieve big »

A Laffer Curve the Media Can’t Hit

Featured image The White House has announced that President Trump will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Arthur Laffer, one of the principal pioneers of supply-side economics. Naturally the usual suspects are upset, like the Washington Post and Slate, both of whom offer up some of their best ventriloquist journalism: The so-called “mainstream” of the economics profession will never forgive Laffer (and his precursors and collaborators such as Robert Mundell and Jude »

The Week in Pictures: It’s Mueller Overtime Edition

Featured image This week Robert Mueller emerged from his hobbit hole, saw his shadow, and ensured there would be at least six more weeks (if not six more months) of agony for Nancy Pelosi, and more microphone mugging by Jerry Nadler, aka Jabba the Hutt on Weight Watchers. I’m checking my evolutionary biology textbooks, because I’m starting to suspect that groundhogs are genetically related to swamp rats—Washington DC’s most conspicuous rodent. Headlines »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 127: Rob Bradley, the Robert Caro of Energy History

Featured image I thought about calling this week’s episode “Everything You Know about the Enron Story Is Wrong,” but that isn’t completely accurate, nor just to my guest and the breadth and depth of his insight into this subject. This week’s guest is Robert L. Bradley Jr., who deserves to be known as the Robert Caro of energy history. Rob is the founder of the Institute for Energy Research, one of the best »

Loose Ends (85)

Featured image • Yesterday I mentioned that California received something like 160 percent of normal rainfall this year, but that was going by rough memory of a media report. It might be higher. In any case, I just now saw the official figures for Colorado’s snowpack: 432% of normal, and 1,638% higher than last year. Here’s the chart: • So this is interesting: North Korean “leader” and all-around bro Kim Jong Un »

Loose Ends (84)

Featured image I am waaaay behind on things, partly because my summer session class, which meets every day, is consuming both time and concentration. But anyway. . . • Bob Mueller today made life even more miserable for Nancy Pelosi. Just who is he working for? Don’t be so sure you know (or that Mueller knows). • From a survey of the media tonight, “the dam is about to break” is replacing »

Edmund Morris, RIP

Featured image When I interviewed Michael Deaver, one of Ronald Reagan’s senior aides from his days as governor and into his second presidential term, in the course of writing my two-volume Age of Reagan book project, he confessed that recommending Edmund Morris be Reagan’s official biographer was the second-biggest mistake he ever made in Reagan’s service. Immediately your mind will run to the obvious question, which I duly asked: What was your biggest »

Racism: Is There Anything It Can’t Do?

Featured image This claim is so stupid that I can’t even give it one of our coveted Green Weenie Awards: Racial Resentment May Be Fueling Climate Denial After Barack Obama took office, white Americans were less likely to see climate change as a serious problem, according to a recent paper published in the journal Environmental Politics. The study further finds evidence of a link between racial resentment and climate change denial. This is »

The Week in Pictures: Lame of Drones Edition

Featured image I never did much get into Throne Games, or Lame of Drones, or whatever it’s called—not enough sex and violence for my tastes. But I hear every critic, which means everyone in the democratized era of social criticism via anti-social media, is down on the last season and the ending. But the real reason for the criticism is obvious: the series ended, and viewers wanted it to go on forever. »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 126: Henry Olson on the EU and Australian Elections

Featured image Just in time for the start of your Memorial Day weekend, an early edition of our podcast. I’ve decided that “populism” is when the wrong person or party wins a democratic election. Certainly the way the media and liberal elites have reacted to the Liberal Party’s upset win in Australia bears this out (keep in mind that the Liberal Party in Australia is the conservative party, but what do you »

Will the Media Ever Pay a Price for Its Irresponsibility?

Featured image Anyone remember Samantha Smith? Don’t run away to look her up on Google; I’ll come back to her in a moment and explain why her name occurs to me just now. Two large media meta-narratives prompt the title question here. First, Michael Avenatti. Finished laughing? Okay, good; to continue: Avenatti was entirely the creation of the media, right down to the idea, which CNN and MSNBC took seriously, that he »