George Will

George Will: Congress won’t act on its war responsibilities

Predictably and sensibly, a three-judge panel of the nation’s second-most important court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, recently... Read more

George Will: Case for preventing scraped knees

When not furrowing their collective brows about creches and displays of the Ten Commandments here and there, courts often are pondering tangential... Read more

George Will: Celebrating America’s foundational principles

Encouraging developments are as welcome as they are rare in colleges and universities that cultivate diversity in everything but thought. Fortunately, state... Read more

George Will: A wry squint into our grim future

Although America’s political system seems unable to stimulate robust, sustained economic growth, it at least is stimulating consumption of a small but... Read more

George Will: Peace through technology

“To change anything in the Navy is like punching a feather bed. You punch it with your right and you punch it... Read more

George Will: Starbucks and our pursuit of snobbery

Indiana’s Thomas R. Marshall, who was America’s vice president 100 years ago, voiced – he plucked it from a Hoosier humorist –... Read more

George Will: Ruinous triumph for the GOP

At dawn Tuesday in West Quoddy Head, Maine, America’s easternmost point, it was certain that by midnight in Cape Wrangell, Alaska, America’s... Read more

George Will: Republican Party needs to revert to nominating Republicans

When told that the New England transcendentalist Margaret Fuller had grandly declared “I accept the universe,” the Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle dryly... Read more

George Will: Donald Trump is the GOP's chemotherapy

What did Donald Trump have left to lose in the last debate? His dignity? Please. His campaign’s theme? His Cleveland convention was... Read more

George Will: Vladimir Putin is bringing back the 1930s

Vladimir Putin’s serial humiliations of America’s bewildered secretary of state regarding Syria indicate Putin’s determination to destabilize the world. Here is an... Read more

George Will: The 'quiet catastrophe' of men choosing to not seek work

The “quiet catastrophe” is particularly dismaying because it is so quiet, without social turmoil or even debate. It is this: After 88... Read more

George Will: Why all the love for the Cubs' consistent failure?

“Lots o’ folks confuse bad management with destiny.” — Kin Hubbard

The good news, a commodity in short supply, is that Americans are... Read more

George Will: Donald Trump's rise reflects America's decay

Looking on the bright side, perhaps this election can teach conservatives to look on the dark side. They need a talent for... Read more

George Will: In the High Plains, a Republican worth voting for

Here on the High Plains, where the deer and the antelope once played, Denver’s suburbs roam toward the Rockies’ Front Range and... Read more

George Will: Head of IRS merits impeachment

Republican congressional leaders ardently want conservative members of the House to not force a vote on impeaching the IRS commissioner. The public... Read more

George Will: A 'slush fund' by any other name

Because truth in labeling laws are among the laws from which Washington feels exempt, the titles of congressional legislation often take liberties... Read more

George Will: All eyes focusing on the Silver State

LAS VEGAS — Nevada, which calls itself the “Battle Born State,” actually was born prematurely because of Republicans’ anxiety. Now, 152 years... Read more

George Will: Illinois exemplifies our fiscal foolishness

CHICAGO — Seated in his office here, wearing neither a necktie nor a frown, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is remarkably relaxed for... Read more

George Will: The sinking fantasy that Trump would defend the Constitution

Like shipwrecked mariners clinging to a floating mast, many Republicans rationalize supporting Donald Trump because of “the court.” This two-word incantation means:... Read more

George Will: How entangled with Russia is Trump?

WASHINGTON — To gauge the opportunism and hypocrisy that define Donald Trump’s Republican Party, consider this: Imagine the scalding rhetoric that would... Read more

George Will: The path ahead for Clinton

PHILADELPHIA — En route to fight one of his many duels, French politician Georges Clemenceau bought a one-way train ticket. Was he... Read more

George Will: Will pliable Pence amend his resistance to entitlement?

WASHINGTON — Crucial political decisions often concern which bridges to cross and which to burn. Donald Trump’s dilemma is that he burns... Read more

George Will: A 'Blue Wall' might be too high for the GOP

WASHINGTON — Political conventions are echo chambers designed to generate feelings of invincibility, sending forth the party faithful with a spring in... Read more

George Will: GOP minds are at sea - but not the right one

Neither the unanimous decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, nor China’s rejection of it, was surprising. The timing... Read more

George Will: Anemic growth could be the new normal for U.S. Economy

ST. LOUIS — America’s economy has now slouched into the eighth year of a recovery that demonstrates how much we have defined... Read more

George Will: Brexit marks Britain's welcome revival of nationhood

The Leave campaign won the referendum on withdrawing Britain from the European Union because the arguments on which the Remain side relied... Read more

George Will: Republicans shouldn't give to Trump

“There’s an old adage about a vat of wine standing next to a vat of sewage. Add a cup of wine to... Read more

George Will: Britain shares political silliness

LONDON — Misery loves company, so refugees from America’s Republican Party should understand that theirs is not the only party that has... Read more

George Will: Cracking a cold can of 'America'

Because advertising is a barometer that often accurately measures America’s psychological atmosphere, attention must be paid to this: From May 23 through... Read more

George Will: Colleges denying students due process

Academia’s descent into perpetual hysteria and incipient tyranny is partly fueled by the fiction that one in five college students is sexually... Read more

George Will: Amtrak helps government ride off the rails

WASHINGTON — In 1906, Leonor Loree, an accomplished railroad executive, examined the dilapidated Kansas City Southern Railroad that he had been hired... Read more

George Will: The misadventures of Fannie, Freddie and Washington

Gigantic government’s complexity and opacity provide innumerable opportunities for opportunists to act unconstrained by clear law or effective supervision. Today’s example, involving... Read more

George Will: GOP needs to stop Trump

Donald Trump’s damage to the Republican Party, although already extensive, has barely begun.

Republican quislings will multiply, slinking into support of the... Read more

George Will: Acknowledge the destructive threat of cyberwarfare

There is a consensus that aggression by one nation against another is a serious matter, but there is no comparable consensus about... Read more

George Will: The unexpected gift of Trump's ramshackle campaign

Donald Trump, a man about town in Manhattan, doubtless fancies himself a Master of the Universe. He is, however, no match for... Read more

George Will: Histories related to 9/11, Bay of Pigs shouldn't be secret

When President Obama departs for Saudi Arabia, an incubator of the 9/11 attacks, he will leave behind a dispute about government secrecy.... Read more

George Will: Revolutionary War battlefield threatened by institute's housing

PRINCETON, N.J. — One of history’s most important battles happened here on a field you can walk across in less than half... Read more

George Will: Libya debacle undermines Clinton

Republican peculiarities in this political season are so numerous and lurid that insufficient attention is being paid to this: The probable Democratic... Read more

George Will: Unrealistic expectations foreshadow a disappointing future

Presidential campaigns incite both hypochondria and euphoria, portraying the present as grimmer than it is and the future as grander than it... Read more

George Will: Can automakers redefine mobility again for Americans?

DEARBORN, Mich. — If Mark Fields’ theory is correct, his industry faces novel challenges. His theory about the changing role of driving... Read more

George Will: GOP's blocking of Obama's pick for court is indefensible

The Republican Party’s incoherent response to the Supreme Court vacancy is a partisan reflex in search of a justifying principle. The multiplicity... Read more

George Will: Trump's national embarrassment might be peaking

Frequently predicted but never reached, “peak oil” — maximum possible production — has been postponed yet again, this time because of fracking.... Read more

George Will: Conservative base needs to act now to cool down Trump

“Hell,” said Alabama’s Democratic Gov. George Wallace before roiling the 1968 presidential race, “we got too much dignity in government now, what... Read more

George Will: Supreme Court loses a jurist of colossal consequence

Antonin Scalia, who combined a zest for intellectual combat with a vast talent for friendship, was a Roman candle of sparkling jurisprudential... Read more

George Will: Progressives itching to regulate political speech

Bernie Sanders, greedy for power to punish people he considers greedy, has occasioned 2016’s best joke (reported in Bloomberg Businessweek): “In the... Read more

George Will: Teeth-whitening case has implications for consumers

It is frequently said that, unfortunately, Americans disdain government. It is more usefully said that, unfortunately, they have abundant reasons for doing... Read more

George Will: Super Bowl serves up another 60 minutes of damage

Settling unhappily into his Super Bowl seat, Himalayan high behind the end zone, Joe spots an empty seat low and on the... Read more

George Will: Tax reform could ignite growth - if it is done smartly

Woodrow Wilson, who enjoyed moralizing about the mundane, called paying taxes a “glorious privilege.” In 1865, when there was a Civil War... Read more

George Will: Michael Bloomberg would be an echo, but not a palatable choice

Michael Bloomberg’s epiphany about the 2016 presidential proceedings is that what is missing is a second bossy, big-government billionaire from Manhattan’s East... Read more

George Will: Supreme Court could police Obama's overreach in June

During Watergate, Henry Kissinger’s mordant wit leavened the unpleasantness: “The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer.” President Obama... Read more

George Will: China's flawed ascent based on incompatible ingredients

China produces an astonishing number of astonishing numbers, including this: In the 20th century, America made automobiles mass-consumption items, requiring prodigious road... Read more

George Will: Christie hoping to ride the underdog's role to Cleveland

Iowa and New Hampshire together have just 1.4 percent of the U.S. population, which is actually why it is fine for them... Read more

George Will: Rubio's record of misjudgment shows ill-considered moves

Marco Rubio’s strengths include intelligence, articulateness and, usually, cheerfulness. His misjudgments involve, in ascending order of importance, the Senate immigration bill of... Read more

George Will: Supreme Court has a chance to mend First Amendment rights

When the Supreme Court contemplates changing its mind, it must weigh the institutional interest in the law’s continuity against evidence that a... Read more

George Will: Before government became reviled

Soon, voters will have the opportunity and impertinence to insert themselves into the 2016 presidential conversation that thus far has been the... Read more

George Will: A list of 2015's ludicrousness

E.B. White reportedly said “the most beautiful sound in America” is “the tinkle of ice at twilight.”

In 2015’s twilight, fortify yourself with... Read more

George Will: Creationists of the secular kind create steep social costs

Presidential campaigns inflate expectations that power wielded from government’s pinnacle will invigorate the nation. Thus campaigns demonstrate that creationists threaten the creative... Read more

George Will: A conservative party suddenly jeopardized by Trump

If you look beyond Donald Trump’s comprehensive unpleasantness you might see this: He is a fundamentally sad figure.

His compulsive boasting is evidence... Read more

George Will: Higher education is a house divided over freedom of speech

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Although he is only 22, Andrew Zeller is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in mathematics at Purdue University. He... Read more

George Will: Another false 'turning point' on climate

History, on the “right side” of which Barack Obama endeavors to keep us, has a sense of whimsy. Proof of which is... Read more

George Will: A Missouri town demands substantive due process

If Pagedale, Mo., is a glimpse of the future, the future is going to be annoying. Pagedale might represent the future of... Read more

George Will: The Frank Sinatra we remember

In today’s culture of hyperbole, born of desperate attempts to be noticed amid the Niagara of Internet and other outpourings, the label... Read more

George Will: The empty case for progressive taxation

Progressives are increasingly preoccupied with income inequality, and their current hero, Sen. Bernie Sanders, favors increasing the tax system’s progressivity. So, in... Read more

George Will: South Carolina's predictive power

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Sen. Tim Scott laughs easily and often, as when, during lunch in this city’s humming downtown, he explains that... Read more

George Will: Standing athwart the administrative state

As the administrative state distorts America’s constitutional architecture, Clarence Thomas becomes America’s indispensable constitutionalist.

Now, in his 25th year on the Supreme Court,... Read more

George Will: The low depths of higher education

Thanksgiving presented a good time for giving thanks for some indirect blessings of liberty, including the behavior-beyond-satire of what are generously called... Read more

George Will: Texas veterinarians seek protection

Never has American freedom of speech been attacked so flagrantly, promiscuously and on so many fronts. The most egregious examples come from... Read more

George Will: Chris Christie's serious political talent

Paris was for all Americans, but especially for Republicans, a summons to seriousness that should have two immediate impacts on the Republican... Read more

George Will: 'Killing Reagan' merely slanders him

Donald Trump is just one symptom of today’s cultural pathology of self-validating vehemence with blustery certitudes substituting for evidence. Another is the... Read more

George Will: How deep is Iran's anti-Semitism

Yale historian Timothy Snyder is indebted to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who made Snyder’s new book even more newsworthy than his... Read more

George Will: Is economic equality a moral imperative?

America is more distant from the 1933 beginning of the New Deal (82 years) than that beginning was from the 1865 end... Read more

George Will: Rahm Emanuel battles history in Chicago

CHICAGO — A Midwestern humorist, Indiana’s Kin Hubbard, said people often confuse bad management with destiny. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel knows better.... Read more

George Will: Impeach the IRS director

“Look,” wrote Lois Lerner, echoing Horace Greeley, “my view is that Lincoln was our worst president not our best. He should (have)... Read more

George Will: Finding our place in the universe

BALTIMORE — Twinkling stars are pretty but, for astronomers, problematic. Twinkles are caused by the interference of Earth’s atmosphere with light radiating... Read more

George Will: Our Navy, our character

The Navy’s operations are the nation’s nerve endings, connecting it with the turbulent world. Although the next president may be elected without... Read more

George Will: The bobblehead campaign

America’s loopy left is enamored of someone who becomes cranky about bobblehead figurines. Sober Democrats are queasy about nominating Hillary Clinton, who... Read more

George Will: Pope Francis' fact-free flamboyance reduces him to shepherd

Pope Francis embodies sanctity but comes trailing clouds of sanctimony. With a convert’s indiscriminate zeal, he embraces ideas impeccably fashionable, demonstrably false... Read more

George Will: A mission to reform lives behind bars

CLEVELAND — About a mile from where the Cleveland Indians test their fans’ patience, there is a facility that expresses Ohio’s attempt... Read more

George Will: Volunters help prisoners redeem their lives

GRAFTON, Ohio — The man at the front of the room in the prison here is talking about the institution’s culinary and... Read more

George Will: Let's do away with 'Redskins' and everything else

Autumn, season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, also is the time for The Washington Post and other sensitivity auditors to get back... Read more

George Will: Affirming a right to die

SAN DIEGO — Brittany Maynard was soon to die. The question was whether she could do so on her own terms, as... Read more

George Will: The havoc that Trump wreaks

Every sulfurous belch from the molten interior of the volcanic Trump phenomenon injures the chances of a Republican presidency. After Donald Trump... Read more

George Will: Obscure federal subsidy programs cost taxpayers billions

You probably never knew of the federal funding of museums commemorating America’s long-gone whaling industry. The funding existed for nearly nine years,... Read more

George Will: Trump a counterfeit Republican

In every town large enough to have two traffic lights, there is a bar at the back of which sits the local... Read more

George Will: When history books make history

History books can be historic events, making history by ending important arguments. They can make it impossible for any intellectually honest person... Read more

George Will: Return of the GOP runner-up

A near miss can be a sharp spur, so Rick Santorum wants to say something to those who profess condescending puzzlement about... Read more

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