Author Archives: Steven Hayward

The Left’s Class War on the Working Class

Featured image The left is all about class warfare, but you’d be mistaken if you think the class they want to make war on is the upper class. Quite the contrary: the left is the upper class now, and their longtime critique of “neoliberalism” as a mechanism to transfer wealth from the poor to the rich is ironically accurate, as that is exactly what the left intends to do. Two pieces of »

Why We Have the Worst “Experts,” Chapter 12,186

Featured image Our elite betters wonder why we don’t trust their “scientific” authority, but let’s roll back the tape to this May 15 story from NBC News, which they called a “fact check:” Fact check: Coronavirus vaccine could come this year, Trump says. Experts say he needs a ‘miracle’ to be right. President Donald Trump has suggested multiple times that a coronavirus vaccine could come within months, an accelerated timeline that prominent »

Podcast: The Three Whisky Happy Hour—”Snobbish Snobology” Postponed

Featured image After getting a review of new and unpronounceable whiskies out of the way (such as the one posted here on the left) along with the miseries of the week just past that compel several drams of whisky, “Lucretia” and I had planned to talk about an obscure but profound essay from way back in 1973 that explores the serious philosophical roots of how today’s progressive left is best explained by the »

The Week in Pictures: Colonialism Protest Meal Edition

Featured image Look folks, there’s an easy way around the government ban on having a traditional Thanksgiving feast with friends and family. Hold a protest against colonialist oppression instead! As we know, protests are exempt from the rules, and are “scientifically” proven to pose lower risk of COVID spread than, say, a MAGA meetup or a motorcycle rally in Sturgis. It’s foolproof (necessary when dealing with government fools these days): just make »

Podcast: A Guest Seat with Ricochet

Featured image The great folks at the flagship Ricochet podcast kindly invited me to sit in today for the galavanting Rob Long (which means I had to perform Rob’s role of interrupting and heckling James Lileks’s patented segues), and . . . well, here are the official show notes: Two weeks after the election and we’re still deep into re-counts, ballot challenges, and other legal machinations. To help us sort it all »

Psychotic Break at the NY Times?

Featured image Reading the New York Times is kinda fun right now, in a clinical sense. They seem to be having psychotic break over the election results, since the massive “blue wave” didn’t happen, and even more worrisome, Trump improved his share of the non-white vote so significantly. And now that the Times is snug and secure in its warm, Upper West Side bubble blanket with the presumption that Agent Orange has been »

Loose Ends (118)

Featured image • It is passing nearly unnoticed that the Democratic National Committee, and some in the media, are referring to the “Biden-Harris Administration.” I don’t believe referring to an administration jointly in this fashion has ever been done before. Whatever could they mean by this? • Before you start making book on how long it will be before Biden is removed from office (assuming he takes office on January 20), keep »

The Power Line Show, Ep 225: Can We Transition? Charles Lipson Says Yes, We Can!

Featured image Can American democracy walk and chew bubble gum at the same time? Charles Lipson thinks so, arguing in the Wall Street Journal today that normal transition activities can and should take place even as President Trump pursues his legal challenges to the election results. Lipson, professor emeritus of Political Science at the University of Chicago, is no shrinking violet when it comes to thrashing the left; he’s been arguing for »

Can Democrats Give Up Identity Politics and White Guilt?

Featured image It is slowly dawning on some Democrats that their uncritical embrace of identity politics and mindless slogans like “defund the police” cost them in this election. Mark Lilla has been trying to warn Democrats about this since Trump won four years ago, though it resulted in Lilla (a committed liberal Democrat) being called a “white supremacist” by several of his Columbia University faculty colleagues. His most recent piece, “When Will »

The Week in Pictures: Recount Edition

Featured image What this post-election season needs is not more cowbell, but a Paul Dooley-style “recount!” moment. We may have to settle for extra giant turkeys for Thanksgiving instead, just to mess with the heads of our overstuffed turkey police monitoring our gravy and stuffing for indicators we aren’t locking ourselves down enough. Strap in: extra long politics section today. Headlines of the week: And finally. . . »

Podcast: The Three Whisky Happy Hour: Milk the Trump Dividend!

Featured image This week Steve and “Lucretia” survey the dismal scene of uphill recount prospects (and why game theory says Trump should fight on even past January 20), the impending COVID tyranny (“Lockdown II: This Time It’s Personal!”), and the latest social science nonsense, and decide the only sensible thing to do is pour another whisky and contemplate whether the long-term “Trump dividend” will offer a better return than the 30-year Treasury, »

The Green Grift, or Gangrene Energy?

Featured image The renewable energy fanatics like to point out that the cost of solar power has been falling dramatically over the past decade, the result of technological and manufacturing improvements. This is true, but raises the question: why does the solar industry continue to demand subsidies then? The Financial Times ran an unintentionally hilarious and illuminating story on this point yesterday: French solar investors up in arms over threat to renege on »

The Geek in Pictures: Post-Election Edition

Featured image Okay, who’s up for more election-related charts and graphs? I know I am. First, like a timeshare pitch, you have to sit through some narrative before the good stuff. I was privy today to some extensive survey and voting data analysis by several political scientists, all of them liberals needless to say, but nevertheless offering some very interesting findings free of ideological bias. These data are proprietary and unpublished (and »

Should Republicans Pick the Next House Speaker?

Featured image Right now it appears that Republicans will have at least 210 seats in the House in the next Congress, and perhaps a many as 214 if the remaining races where the GOP candidate leads all break their way. That would leave Democrats with a slim 7-vote majority, and leave the GOP needing to gain only four seats to take control in the next election. Given that over ten House Democrats »

Civil War on the Left (74): New York Times Edition

Featured image We knew things at the New York Times were bad, but hoo-ey boy we had no idea just how bad! New York magazine is out with a deep dive into the internal Maoist struggle sessions going on inside the Times, and get a big bowl of popcorn ready for this long piece. The piece could be called “Annals of the Liberal Self-Obsessed,” as it contains many nuggets of pure comedy »

Who Were the “Shy Trump Voters”?

Featured image The biggest surprise for the mainstream media and the conventional pollsters was that there were a significant number of “shy Trump voters.” Who were these voters? One segment was non-white voters, especially Hispanics but also blacks. Trump received the largest GOP share of the non-white vote in 60 years. Liberals are spinning furiously to explain this away. More on this later on. The other group of shy Trump voters appear »

Observations on the Scene

Featured image This is the most anomalous election in American history (which lends some additional circumstantial credence to suspicions of vote fraud in the presidential tally). I’ll defer to later the voting problems currently under contest, and note some macro observations on the scene. • First, it is certainly the case that but for COVID 19, Trump would have been re-elected comfortably. Even with COVID 19, he is still in the hunt. »