He has written many books, and many more columns. His latest book is “The Conservative Sensibility.” In a way, George F. Will has been pointing toward this book his entire life. It is a summing up of what he has learned and what he believes. Jay talks with him about conservatism and myriad related things: libertarianism, nationalism, populism, and so on. A wonderful, fundamental conversation.

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  1. JuliaBlaschke Coolidge
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    Excellent.  I too hope I am a “short term pessimist and a long term optimist”.

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  2. Joe D. Inactive
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    @jaynordlinger, you don’t like Nigel Farage? Why? Do you prefer Boris Johnson? Theresa May?, Jeremy Corbyn? Are you suggesting that self sovereignty is one of those things that should not be put to a vote?

    Is Nigel Farage really any more of an ‘opportunistic politician’ than any of the people I just mentioned?

     

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  3. JuliaBlaschke Coolidge
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    Joe D. (View Comment):

    @jaynordlinger, you don’t like Nigel Farage? Why? Do you prefer Boris Johnson? Theresa May?, Jeremy Corbyn? Are you suggesting that self sovereignty is one of those things that should not be put to a vote?

    Is Nigel Farage really any more of an ‘opportunistic politician’ than any of the people I just mentioned?

     

    I would imagine that Jay doesn’t like any of them much. Some more than others.

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  4. Hoyacon Member
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    JuliaBlaschke (View Comment):

    Excellent. I too hope I am a “short term pessimist and a long term optimist”.

    If I’m tired of Will’s take on Trump, can I get very far in this or do they actually set that aside?  This is actually a serious question despite appearances to the contrary, and not one intended to be contentious.

     

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  5. Joe D. Inactive
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    JuliaBlaschke (View Comment):

    Excellent. I too hope I am a “short term pessimist and a long term optimist”.

    I have traditionally been a short term pessimist and a long term optimist, mostly on the basis of evolving technology. Right now, evolving technology seems to be incorporating Orwellian aspects, though.

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  6. Charlotte Member
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    JuliaBlaschke (View Comment):

    Excellent. I too hope I am a “short term pessimist and a long term optimist”.

    If I’m tired of Will’s take on Trump, can I get very far in this or do they actually set that aside? This is actually a serious question despite appearances to the contrary, and not one intended to be contentious.

     

    Hey @hoyacon, they barely talk about Trump at all, although they do get into patriotism vs. nationalism vs. populism. It’s a good, wide-ranging conversation. George Will always has interesting things to say, even when I don’t agree with him.

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  7. Gary Robbins Member
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    What a great podcast!

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  8. Gary Robbins Member
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    JuliaBlaschke (View Comment):

    Excellent. I too hope I am a “short term pessimist and a long term optimist”.

    If I’m tired of Will’s take on Trump, can I get very far in this or do they actually set that aside? This is actually a serious question despite appearances to the contrary, and not one intended to be contentious.

    George Will notes that Trump is not mentioned in his book.

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  9. Hoyacon Member
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    JuliaBlaschke (View Comment):

    Excellent. I too hope I am a “short term pessimist and a long term optimist”.

    If I’m tired of Will’s take on Trump, can I get very far in this or do they actually set that aside? This is actually a serious question despite appearances to the contrary, and not one intended to be contentious.

    George Will notes that Trump is not mentioned in his book.

    I will lay odds that he’s there in spirit.

     

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