The Leveling Wind: Politics, the Culture, and Other News

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The Leveling Wind: Politics, the Culture, and Other News

The Leveling Wind: Politics, the Culture, and Other News By George F. Will The Leveling Wind Politics the Culture and Other News This volume the fifth collection of George F Will s essays on America s political tumults and cultural controversies makes clear that he deserves to be ranked in the American tradition of high journ

  • Title: The Leveling Wind: Politics, the Culture, and Other News
  • Author: George F. Will
  • ISBN: 9780140247022
  • Page: 485
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Leveling Wind: Politics, the Culture, and Other News By George F. Will This volume, the fifth collection of George F Will s essays on America s political tumults and cultural controversies, makes clear that he deserves to be ranked in the American tradition of high journalism, a tradition that extends back through Walter Lippmann and H L Mencken to Edwin Lawrence Godkin With wit, erudition, and craftsmanship that readers of 480 newspapersThis volume, the fifth collection of George F Will s essays on America s political tumults and cultural controversies, makes clear that he deserves to be ranked in the American tradition of high journalism, a tradition that extends back through Walter Lippmann and H L Mencken to Edwin Lawrence Godkin With wit, erudition, and craftsmanship that readers of 480 newspapers and Newsweek have enjoyed for twenty years, Will assesses the triumphs, misadventures, and foibles of the past four years During this period George Bush s presidency, filled with verbal fender benders and policy disappointments, paved the way for the ebullient Bill Clinton, that enthusiast of government of whom Will says, American government is failing at such fundamental tasks as providing streets free of gunfire and schools with high standards, and yet at this moment, when government s reputation is deservedly rotten, Clinton says that it is competent to plan the future Many of the institutions that should sustain our fraying society, says Will, have been populated by men and women like the Clintons who came of age in the 1960s, a decade that gave legitimacy to a perverse premise that the social order is an infringement on freedom rather than freedom s foundation The idea is abroad, writes Will, that there is no moral heritage worth imposing on children, respect for whom requires that their values be regarded as a matter of taste We are, Will observes, increasingly unable to talk about race, or equality, or art, or literature without using these subjects as a mere index of who has power and whom the powerful victimize Of today s confused political goals and public ideals, Will says, The agethat pushes hard against us is not something that has just befallen us We made it are making it Much of it comes from the top down, a trickle down culture that begins with the idea that the good life consists of satisfying every impulse Many intellectuals have helped supplan
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    1. David Mcphee on said:

      Will writes of the struggle that faced in some degree both Bush I and Bush II and the Republican Party he says If international law is properly called a law, who enacts, construes adjudicates and enforces This was a question provoked by 911 My opinion is that the int l community failed to the point where it was rejected by Buss II inresponse to 911 It was made even challenging because on the judgemental and intolerance of the core Republican base The next challenge my well be the reduction of t [...]

    2. Jamin Batman on said:

      George F Will levels salvo after salvo at the failures of government, political correctness, and the false civility that is all pervasive in most examinations of the two When government cannot keep citizens safe in the street, or deliver a actual defense of fundamental rights, it is of no use Unlike many others of his persuasion, Will seems to believe that government can deliver a better result he simply thinks that our present government does not This book is his stentorian voice of conscience [...]

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