George Will

George Will

George Will | Supreme Court corrects itself

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is especially admirable when correcting especially deplorable prior decisions, as with the 1954 school desegregation decision rejecting a 1896 decision's "separate but equal" doctrine. It did so again last Wednesday, overturning a 41-year-old precedent inimical to the First Amendment.

George Will | This November, cast your vote against the GOP

WASHINGTON — Amid the carnage of Republican misrule in Washington, there is this glimmer of good news: The family-shredding policy along the southern border, which was merely the most telegenic recent example of misrule, clarified something.

George Will | Congress will merely be a gimpy spectator

WASHINGTON — Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., wonders: "Is there any doubt that America would view a foreign nation firing missiles at targets on American soil as an act of war?" His question might be pertinent to why the Singapore summit happened, and what, if anything, was changed by it.

George Will | Does North Korea want to be Upper Volta without rockets — or vodka?

WASHINGTON — Back when the Soviet Union had a first-rate nuclear arsenal but a ramshackle third-world economy that produced no consumer goods other than vodka and caviar that anyone elsewhere would buy, the nation was disparaged as "Upper Volta with rockets." Today, the question is: Would North Korea like to become Upper Volta without rockets and without exportable vodka or caviar?

George Will | Gerald Ford: The accidental president

WASHINGTON — Within 17 days in the autumn of 1975 — first in Sacramento, then in San Francisco — two separate handgun-wielding women attempted to assassinate the president. Had either succeeded, and each was close enough to have done so, the nation would have had a third president in 14 months, and a second consecutive one who had never been on a national ticket.

George Will | After nixing nuke deal, is containment our only option?

WASHINGTON — The path to today's problems with Iran passed through the University of Chicago squash court, where on Dec. 2, 1942, for 4 1/2 minutes, physicist Enrico Fermi, making calculations on a slide rule, achieved the controlled release of energy from an atomic nucleus.

George Will | Are we now trapped in a debt spiral?

WASHINGTON — From Scotland, where Adam Smith pioneered systematic thinking about economics, comes an adjective, "carnaptious," that fits people who are allergic to economic euphoria. It means cantankerous. Let's think carnaptiously about this fact: The interest rate on 10-year Treasury bonds recently rose briefly to 3 percent, and soon may move above this.

George Will | Gowdy aimed to close the circle of S.C.'s history

WASHINGTON — Trey Gowdy's emotions sometimes bubble disconcertingly close to the surface, but unlike many members of the political class, he is not all surface.

George Will | A blow against administrative state

WASHINGTON — Last week, one week after the first anniversary of Neil Gorsuch's ascension to the Supreme Court, he delivered an opinion that was excellent, as it pertained to the case at issue and momentous in its implications pertaining to the institutional tangle known as the administrative state.

George Will | What interest is served by disenfranchising felons?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The bumpy path of Desmond Meade's life meandered to its current interesting point. He is a graduate of Florida International University law school but cannot vote in his home state because his path went through prison: He committed nonviolent felonies concerning drugs and other matters during the 10 years when he was essentially homeless.