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 pessimistic? "Not at all. ...

Pence the pliable

WASHINGTON Crucial political decisions often concern which bridges to cross and which to burn. Donald Trump's dilemma is that he burns some bridges by the ...

A wall too high for GOP?

WASHINGTON Political conventions are echo chambers designed to generate feelings of invincibility, sending forth the party faithful with a spring in their steps and hope ...

GOP minds are at sea (but not the right one)

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

Teacher tenure travesty

LOS ANGELES The mills of justice grind slowly, but life plunges on, leaving lives blighted when justice is irremediably denied. Fortunately, California's Supreme Court might ...

Is anemic growth the new normal?

ST. LOUIS America's economy has now slouched into the eighth year of a recovery that demonstrates how much we have defined recovery down. The idea ...

The sobering evidence of social science

WASHINGTON The report was so "seismic" — Daniel Patrick Moynihan's word — that Lyndon Johnson's administration released it on the Fourth of July weekend, 1966, ...

The corrupting crusade against 'corruption'

WASHINGTON The "progressive" drive to broadly define and thoroughly eradicate political "corruption" has corrupted politics. But discord is not altogether pandemic in Washington and last ...

The hinge of the Great War

"See that little stream? We could walk to it in two minutes. It took the British a month to walk to it — a whole ...

Britain's welcome revival of nationhood

WASHINGTON The Leave campaign won the referendum on withdrawing Britain from the European Union because the arguments on which the Remain side relied made Leave's ...

Don'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 the sewage, and ...