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The Sad, Sorry Decline of George F. Will


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: politics, news, GeorgeWill, conservativesm, bluster, ideologue, government, dishonesty, usa, republicans, propaganda )

Cal
- 96 days ago - theweek.com
The longtime Washington Post columnist was once an intellectual force to be reckoned with. No more.



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Frances Darcy (219)
Monday June 16, 2014, 4:17 am
Good article...
 

John S. (303)
Monday June 16, 2014, 4:24 am
I'm not certain he was that far off the mark, even the author writes "make a valid point or two".
 

Lone F. (32)
Monday June 16, 2014, 5:27 am
The author writes: "Intellectual breakdown or intellectual self-betrayal "- I would also go with the first description. This is actually sad, I used to admire George Will, and I am now wondering what's going on with him!. Thanks for this article, Cal!
 

Winn Adams (192)
Monday June 16, 2014, 6:44 am
Maybe he's having a mental breakdown. If so, get help but his time is over and he has to go.
 

Jason R. (60)
Monday June 16, 2014, 10:12 am
How do all these people get sucked into the EXTREME right? Are these people so insecure that they can't stand to be independent or is it that vast amount of money being spent by the Nazi's to influence them?
 

Gene Jacobson (252)
Monday June 16, 2014, 12:05 pm
"Sure it's sexist, condescending, and callously dismissive, as thousands of critics have already noted. But here's what bothers me even more than that: it's outrageously stupid, transparently absurd the kind of tossed-off, back-of-the-napkin theorizing one would expect of a guy who spends a little too much time in the make-up chair at Fox News." "But that means that something just as troubling has happened: a once thoughtful conservative has undergone a marked intellectual collapse right before our eyes."

Excellent article. There was a time when I respected George Will even when I disagreed with him, as with others mentioned in the article, particularly William F. Buckley. But the quality of George's writing these days does come because, I think, of his association with the often idiotic nonsense put forth as news on Fox. And indeed it is sad to watch the intellectual collapse of a once admired, if not agreed with, literate writer.
 

Birgit W. (144)
Monday June 16, 2014, 1:25 pm
Thanks.
 

Alan Lambert (92)
Monday June 16, 2014, 1:59 pm
Will should stick to commenting on what he knows something about...

BASEBALL
 

Ken O. (56)
Monday June 16, 2014, 2:00 pm
Apt quote from the article: "the George Will of today peddler of Tea-Party-approved libertarian bromides, promoter of know-nothing climate-change denialism, serial spewer of bile against the all-purpose bogeyman of "progressivism."
George has become an example of a shriveled up intellect, an apparently senile inability to speak without delving into an incomprehensible thesaurusSpeak in an attempt to sound 'smart' like real intellectuals. The guy's moment of fame expired back in 2002. Now he's just completely lost any ability to communicate his own ideas and merely parrots those that hand him his paycheck, the addled right.
 

Kathleen Mireault (52)
Monday June 16, 2014, 2:27 pm
Sadly noted. How the mighty have fallen! Like other commenters, I once admired Will's intellectual and literate style, despite disagreeing with him on nearly everything. Informative article. Thank you, Cal.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Monday June 16, 2014, 2:39 pm
Moted
 

Freya H. (307)
Monday June 16, 2014, 2:39 pm
I have heard that Will used to be a respectable person. Amazing how a decent mind can be polluted with folly.
 

Rosa Caldwell (344)
Monday June 16, 2014, 4:35 pm
Thanks for sharing.
 

Dave C. (214)
Monday June 16, 2014, 5:44 pm
sad.....but if you notice Will is a 4 letter word.....????
 

Kathryn M. (25)
Monday June 16, 2014, 5:53 pm
Good article. And I miss William F. Buckley!
 

Ashley heffner (458)
Monday June 16, 2014, 6:54 pm
Thanks for posting.
 

patsy olive (0)
Monday June 16, 2014, 8:04 pm
Noted.
 

Debra G. (0)
Monday June 16, 2014, 10:14 pm
The level of discourse has deteriorated on both sides, but more precipitously on the right. Arguments appeal almost exclusively to fear and brain stem response. As for erudition, r u kidding? LMAO.
 

Alfred Donovan (46)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 3:06 am
sounds like early senility at work here.How mighty are the fallen.
 

Gloria picchetti (290)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 4:11 am
I wouldn't wrap fish in his column.
 

Gary A L. (134)
Tuesday June 17, 2014, 7:37 am
thank you it show the fallacy of the Conservative position as the fraud it has always been
 

Cheryl Bianchi (0)
Thursday June 19, 2014, 12:44 pm
cannot even comprehend why he thought this would be a worthwhile subject...who's pulling those strings?
 

donald Baumgartner (4)
Thursday July 10, 2014, 8:39 pm
I don't pay him NO mind anyways !!!!
 
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