George Will

The inaugural address we should hear but won't

WASHINGTON The mere possibility of a Donald Trump presidency — gold-plated faucets in the house first occupied by John and Abigail Adams — will perhaps ...

A cold can of 'America'

WASHINGTON Because advertising is a barometer that often accurately measures America's psychological atmosphere, attention must be paid to this: From May 23 through the presidential ...

Due process is being kicked off campus

WASHINGTON Academia's descent into perpetual hysteria and incipient tyranny is partly fueled by the fiction that one in five college students is sexually assaulted and ...

Amtrak off the rails

WASHINGTON In 1906, Leonor Loree, an accomplished railroad executive, examined the dilapidated Kansas City Southern Railroad that he had been hired to rehabilitate. Dismayed, he ...

Who will follow Trump off the cliff?

Donald Trump: "We've got to get rid of the $19 trillion in debt." Washington Post: "How long would that take?" Trump: "I would say over ...

Calamities of Fannie & Freddie

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 the government's ...

In case of Trump nomination, break glass

WASHINGTON Donald Trump's damage to the Republican Party, although already extensive, has barely begun. Republican quislings will multiply, slinking into support of the most anti-conservative ...

Paying for Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON Puerto Rico, an awkward legacy of America's 1898 testosterone spill, the Spanish-American War, is about to teach two things that few Americans know: ...

The 'settled' consensus du jour

WASHINGTON Authoritarianism, always latent in progressivism, is becoming explicit. Progressivism's determination to regulate thought by regulating speech is apparent in the campaign by 16 states' ...

The gift of Trump's campaign

"One fine day, in a fit of euphoria, after he had picked up the telephone and taken an order for zero-coupon bonds that had brought ...

The president should release 9/11 & Bay of Pigs documents

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