Steven F. Hayward

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Steven F. Hayward
Education BA Lewis and Clark College, MA Claremont Graduate School
Alma mater Claremont Graduate School
Occupation Author, columnist, policy scholar
Title Distinguished Fellow, Ashbrook Center at Ashland University

Steven F. Hayward is an American author, political commentator, and policy scholar, who argues for libertarian and conservative viewpoints in his writings.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]


Steven F. Hayward was born around 1958. In 1980, he earned a BS in business from Lewis and Clark College. He earned a Masters of Arts in government (1984) and a Ph.D. in American History (1996) from the Claremont Graduate School.[1][2][3][6][8]


During the Reagan Administration, Hayward served as "Secretary of Energy & Interior."[7]

In 1984, Hayward started work as Director of Journalism of the group Public Research Syndicated at the Claremont Institute through 1987. In 1985, he also became Executive Director for Inland Business Magazine through 1990. In 1987, he became director of the Golden State Center for Policy Studies through 1991.

In 1990, Hayward became contributing editor for Reason through 2001 and also became a Public Interest Member in the California Citizens Compensation Commission through 1995. In 1996, he served on the Departmental Transportation Advisory Committee of the government of the State of California through 2001.

During the 2004 U.S. Presidential elections, he served on the George W. Bush for President campaign.

In 2008, he served a one-year term as president of the Philadelphia Society.[10]

Hayward has testified before the Committee on Energy and Commerce at the United States House on two occasions.[11]

Hayward has served as visiting fellow professor, scholar, or lecturer at the following institutions:

Hayward is treasurer of the Donors Capital Fund, a donor-advised fund, and a member of its board of directors.[13]

He created and starred in the documentary An Inconvenient Truth...Or Convenient Fiction?, a rebuttal of many of the claims in Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, saying that while Gore is right about many things, he goes too far in predictions of doom.[14] In 1994, he has co-authored an annual Index of Leading Environmental Indicators (1996–2008), published by the Pacific Research Institute, issued each Earth Day.[3][7][15]

In January 2011, Hayward began writing for the political/general-interest blog Power Line.[2][5][6][8]

In 2012, Hayward published The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presidents: From Wilson to Obama, which included grades of the Presidents in the modern era. He granted Calvin Coolidge an "A+" and Ronald Reagan an "A−" while Barack Obama received a "provisional F".[16] That same year, he co-authored an article with Kenneth P. Green entitled, 'Market-Friendly Energy', in The 4% Solution: Unleashing the Economic Growth America Needs, published by the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

For more than a decade, he has directed the Ashbrook Center's new program in political economy at Ashland University.[2][5]

He often hosts for William Bennett’s radio show Morning in America on the broadcasting network of Salem Media Group.[2][5][6][8]

Personal life[edit]

Hayward is married to former George Mason University Law School professor Allison Hayward. In March 2011, he joked that he won't argue "about campaign finance reform.... That's what I have a spouse for."[17]

Hayward is a skeptic of global warming and, as such, is a member of the "Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation," which describes itself as a "network of about 60 Christian theologians, natural scientists, economists, and other scholars educating for Biblical earth stewardship, economic development for the poor, and the proclamation and defense of the good news of salvation by God's grace, received through faith in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection."[7]

Hayward was described as "big-boned" by an article in The New York Times, and he then lost about 45 lb in dieting shortly afterward. He stated that he gave up eating like Fred Flintstone in order to "eat like Bruce Jenner" (now Caitlyn Jenner).[a] He also began lifting weights.[19]

Hayward has written online about his interest in Monster Truck sports and about attending the rallies.[20]

Hayward is or has been a member of the:


  • 1987: Felix Morley Memorial Prize for distinguished commentary on business and economic affairs.


Environment and global warming[edit]

Hayward generally believes that the Earth's environment is far more resilient than public opinion would think. He has said, "we talk as though the earth is so fragile that, you know, we're endlessly insulting it in its doom." He has also said, "environmental concern rightly understood as now a settled middle class value in wealthy countries and will become more so in other countries around the world as they prosper and that's a key point." He supports the idea of an environmental Kuznets curve, in which increased economic development constitutes the best way to help the environment. He believes that modern developing nations such as China could speed through the curve with technological progress.[11] He thinks that recent global warming is partially due to human activities, but not entirely. He has demurred from giving exact percentages. He has advocated that the world engage in geoengineering projects to mitigate global warming, such as spraying saltwater in the air to increase cloud cover over the oceans and thus reflect back sunlight. He supports a long-term transition to a low-carbon economy, but he argues that a more rapid, short-term transition done in the next forty or so years would not be worth it. He advocates that the U.S. build a few hundred more nuclear power plants as another necessary solution.[11] Generally, he views current global warming advocates as similar to Paul Ehrlich and other past advocates of a 'population bomb' thesis. He believes that both issues represented a serious problem that was blown completely out of proportion by inaccurate estimates about the future. He has remarked, "the environment is too important to be left to the environmentalists."[11]

Ronald Reagan[edit]

Hayward argued in his books about Reagan that Reagan had the important insight that the Soviet Union was internally weak due to socio-economic problems, which distinguishes Reagan from most intellectual conservatives in recent American history. He stated that Reagan's foreign policy and domestic policy should be thought of as two sides of the same coherent worldview. He has referred to Reagan as, on net, more of a tax cutter despite having enacted both tax increases and decreases because the marginal tax brackets shrunk.[25] He praised Reagan for trying to reduce the size of the federal government, cutting certain social welfare programs, moving other programs to state control, expanding the U.S. military, advocating Constitutional originalism, and making disarmament pledges with the Soviet Union. He criticized Reagan for his conduct in the Iran-Contra affair, concluding that Reagan let his emotions take over his judgment and wrongly paid for hostages via arms. He also criticized Reagan for declining to push for a Taxpayer Bill of Rights until the latter part of his second term. Hayward estimated that Reagan ultimately failed to create a true Constitution-based ideological movement to succeed him. He also described current conservative views of Reagan as too superficial and focused too much on style.[25]


Articles written by Hayward have appeared in The Weekly Standard since 2001[26] and in National Review-related publications since 2002. He has also published writings in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Policy Review, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Daily News, County Reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, The Sacramento Bee, The Washington Times, The Columbus Dispatch, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), and The Kansas City Star.[27]

He is the author of a two-volume biography of Ronald Reagan (The Age of Reagan, 1964–1980: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order (ISBN 978-0761513377) in 2001 and The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution: 1980–1989 (ISBN 978-1400053575) in 2009), which received favorable reviews.[25][11][25][28][29]

  • Churchill on Leadership: Executive Success in the Face of Adversity ((Prima, 1997) (Crown Forum, 1998)
  • The Age of Reagan: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order, 1964-1980 (Prima Publishing, Forum, 2001)
  • The Real Jimmy Carter: How Our Worst Ex-President Undermines American Foreign Policy, Coddles Dictators and Created the Party of Clinton and Kerry (Regnery Publishing, 2004)
  • Greatness: Reagan, Churchill, and the Making of Extraordinary Leaders (Crown Forum, 2005)
  • The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution: 1980–1989 (Crown Forum, 2010)
  • Mere Environmentalism: A Biblical Perspective on Humans and the Natural World (Values and Capitalism) (AEI Press, 2010)
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presidents: From Wilson to Obama (Politically Incorrect Guides) (Regnery Publishing, 2012)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jenner changed her name due to gender transition in 2015.[18]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Steven F. Hayward". Claremont Institute. Retrieved 1 April 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Steven F. Hayward". Claremont Institute. Retrieved 1 April 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Steven F. Hayward, Ph.D." Claremont Institute. Retrieved 1 April 2018. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Steven Hayward". University of Colorado Boulder. Retrieved 1 April 2018. 
  5. ^ a b c d "About Us". PowerLine Blob. Retrieved 1 April 2018. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Meet the Faculty". Pepperdine University. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "Who We Are". Cornwall Alliance. Retrieved 1 April 2018. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h "Steven F. Hayward". Institute of Governmental Studies. Retrieved 1 April 2018. 
  9. ^ a b c "Steven Hayward". Hoover Institution. Retrieved 1 April 2018. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 23, 2010. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "The Environment with Steven Hayward". Uncommon Knowledge. April 30, 2009. Archived from the original on April 14, 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Twelve Reasons for Cheer In This Great TFAS Year". The Fund for American Studies (TFAS). 18 December 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2018. 
  13. ^ "Donors Capital Fund Board of Directors". Donors Capital Fund. Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  14. ^ Ishimaru, Heather (April 12, 2007). "Global Warming Debate Heats Up". KGO-TV. Retrieved January 2, 2010. 
  15. ^ Glazov, Jamie (May 21, 2007). "An Inconvenient Truth or Convenient Fiction?". FrontPage Magazine. Retrieved 19 February 2010. [dead link]
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  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-09. Retrieved 2011-04-03. 
  18. ^ Buzz Bissinger (June 1, 2015). "Introducing Caitlyn Jenner". Vanity Fair. Retrieved June 1, 2015. 
  19. ^ "2008 Update". A Convenient Fiction. Archived from the original on January 27, 2010. Retrieved January 4, 2010. 
  20. ^
  21. ^ a b c d e "Steven Hayward". NNDB. Retrieved 1 April 2018. 
  22. ^ "Past Trustees". Philadelphia Society. Retrieved 1 April 2018. 
  23. ^ "Board". National Tax Limitation Committee. Retrieved 1 April 2018. 
  24. ^ "Board". Remembering Whitney Ball. 17 August 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2018. 
  25. ^ a b c d "The Age of Reagan with Steven Hayward". Uncommon Knowledge. August 21, 2009. Archived from the original on April 14, 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2010. 
  26. ^ "Steven F. Hayward". The Weekly Standard. Retrieved 1 April 2018. 
  27. ^ "Ashbrook Staff: Steven Hayward". Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs. Archived from the original on May 28, 2010. Retrieved January 7, 2010. 
  28. ^ "Major Work from PRI's Dr. Steven Hayward, Age of Reagan, Charts Failure of Liberalism and Rise of Conservative Movement". Pacific Research Institute. December 18, 2001. Archived from the original on July 10, 2012. Retrieved January 7, 2010. 
  29. ^ Ross Douthat (September 1, 2009). "Another One for the Gipper". The New York Times. Retrieved January 7, 2009. 

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