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Nobel Laureate of 2016 Revisited

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- There has been ferment among the literati since Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Many say that however well Dylan does what he does, it is not literature. Dylan did not go to Stockholm Saturday to collect his prize, which the Swedish Academy says was awarded “for having created new poetic expressions within ...Read more

Trump’s Carrier Ploy Was a Repudiation of Conservatism

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- So, this is the new conservatism’s recipe for restored greatness: Political coercion shall supplant economic calculation in shaping decisions by companies in what is called, with diminishing accuracy, the private sector. This will be done partly as conservatism’s challenge to liberalism’s supremacy in the victimhood ...Read more

The Sensitivity Police Strike Again

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- The word “inappropriate” is increasingly used inappropriately. It is useful to describe departures from good manners or other social norms, such as wearing white after Labor Day or using the salad fork with the entree. But the adjective has become a splatter of verbal fudge, a weasel word falsely suggesting measured seriousness...Read more

Fidel Castro and Dead Utopianism

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- With the end of Fidel Castro’s nasty life Friday night, we can hope, if not reasonably expect, to have seen the last of charismatic totalitarians worshiped by political pilgrims from open societies. Experience suggests there will always be tyranny tourists in flight from what they consider the boring banality of bourgeois society...Read more

Be Thankful You Have Something to Grumble At

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- At this shank end of a shabby year, Americans still can be thankful: They do not have the problem of nothing to grumble about. As we steel ourselves for Thanksgiving’s obligatory routs and revels -- does anyone really like turkey? or Uncle Ralph, who keeps turning up, like a bad penny? -- Americans are cudgeling their ...Read more

Did Academia Help Elect Donald Trump?

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Many undergraduates, their fawn-like eyes wide with astonishment, are wondering: Why didn't the dean of students prevent the election from disrupting the serenity to which my school has taught me that I am entitled? Campuses create "safe spaces" where students can shelter from discombobulating thoughts and receive spiritual balm ...Read more

Draw the Curtain on the Democrats' Theater of Pointless Gestures

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Seventeen days before President Donald Trump, his spoken oath of office still lingering in the wintry air, lifts his left hand from Scripture (a leather-bound edition of "The Art of the Deal"), the Republican-controlled Congress will begin working. Fittingly, on Jan. 3 the First Branch of government will go first, flexing its ...Read more

Americans need a respite from furiousness

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party resembles the man who told his psychiatrist, "I have an identity problem, and so do I." The party's leader is at best indifferent to, and often is hostile to, much of the party's recent catechism: limited government, the rule of law, a restrained executive, fiscal probity, entitlement reforms, free trade,...Read more

A disruptive yet ruinous triumph for the GOP

From the Right / George Will /

EDITORS: George F. Will's Sunday column will be sent Friday, a day later than usual.

WASHINGTON -- At dawn Tuesday in West Quoddy Head, Maine, America's easternmost point, it was certain that by midnight in Cape Wrangell, Alaska, America's westernmost fringe, there would be a loser who deserved to lose and a winner who did not ...Read more

What To Watch For On Election Night

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Tuesday evening, after Election Day's tranquility, new clamors will erupt as analysts with agendas tickle portents and lessons from the torrent of election returns. Herewith some developments to watch.

-- In the 17 elections since World War II, the winner has averaged 385.4 electoral votes, the loser 145.1. In six elections (1952,...Read more

A Fitting Final Chapter To The Sleaze Sweepstakes

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- As the presidential campaigns sink to the challenge of demonstrating that there is no such thing as rock bottom, remember this: When the Clintons decamped from Washington in January 2001, they took some White House furnishings that were public property. They also finished accepting more than $190,000 in gifts, including two coffee ...Read more

As New Hampshire Goes, So Goes The Senate?

From the Right / George Will /

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- in 1936, President Franklin Roosevelt defeated Kansas' Gov. Alfred Landon in 46 of the 48 states, thereby creating the jest, "As Maine goes, so goes Vermont." Eight decades later, New England has gone from the Republicans' last redoubt in a bad year to their least receptive region in any year. Its six states have made 36 ...Read more

Republican Party Needs To Revert To Nominating Republicans

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- When told that the New England transcendentalist Margaret Fuller had grandly declared "I accept the universe," the Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle dryly remarked: "She'd better." Much ink and indignation has been spilled concerning whether Donald ("I am much more humble than you would understand") Trump will "accept" the ...Read more

In Wisconsin, A Measure Of The Country's Metabolism

From the Right / George Will /

MILWAUKEE -- In 49 states, when you order breakfast in a restaurant you might be asked if you would like pancakes or an omelet. In Wisconsin, you are asked if you would like pancakes with your omelet. Ron Johnson would, thank you. This Republican U.S. senator, who is burning prodigious amounts of calories campaigning for a second and final term,...Read more

Colleges Should Encourage -- Not Suppress -- A Diversity Of Viewpoints

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- A specter is haunting academia, the specter of specters -- ghosts, goblins and "cultural appropriation" through insensitive Halloween costumes. Institutions of higher education are engaged in the low comedy of avoiding the agonies of Yale.

Last October, the university was rocked to its 315-year-old foundations by the wife of a ...Read more

A Judicial Slap To A Careless Congress

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- Another small step was taken last week on the steep and winding ascent back to constitutional norms. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the nation's second-most important court, did its judicial duty by reprimanding Congress for abandoning constitutional propriety.

The court declared unconstitutional the unprecedented...Read more

Trump's Vile Candidacy Is Chemotherapy For The GOP

From the Right / George Will /

"Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose."

-- "Me and Bobby McGee," Janis Joplin

WASHINGTON -- What did Donald Trump have left to lose Sunday night? His dignity? Please. His campaign's theme? His Cleveland convention was a mini-Nuremberg rally for Republicans whose three-word recipe for making America great again was the shriek "...Read more

Vladimir Putin Is Bringing Back The 1930s

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- 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 even more ominous indication of events moving his way: On just one day last week, Italian ships plucked 6,055 migrants from the Mediterranean.

What has this to do with ...Read more

The 'Quiet Catastrophe' Of Men Choosing To Not Seek Work

From the Right / George Will /

WASHINGTON -- The "quiet catastrophe" is particularly dismaying because it is so quiet, without social turmoil or even debate. It is this: After 88 consecutive months of the economic expansion that began in June 2009, a smaller percentage of American males in the prime working years (ages 25 to 54) are working than were working near the end of ...Read more

Why All The Love For The Cubs' Consistent Failure?

From the Right / George Will /

"Lots o' folks confuse bad management with destiny."

-- Kin Hubbard

WASHINGTON -- The good news, a commodity in short supply, is that Americans are about to get a respite from the inundating Niagara of candidates' blather. The bad news is that the respite will be a tsunami of Cubs Gush, which will slosh from sea to shining sea. So, brace ...Read more

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