I don’t regularly listen to NPR, but I’ll tune into almost anything when someone as brilliant as George Will (one of the most widely recognized writers in America) is on. George was a guest on Tom Ashbrook’s show, OnPoint, for about 40 minutes on Monday, during which time, he discussed a whole bunch of topics, including conservatism, cycles in American society, Madison’s framing of the Constitution, the upcoming election, past elections, the war, foreign policy, and climate change economics.
To be sure, I don’t agree with George Will on every issue, but the man’s commentary is always punishingly reasoned and incisive – I love it! I mean, it is so easy to appreciate his writing and commentary whether or not you agree with his point of view. To paraphrase a caller from the radio show, he writes about issues without rancor and vitriol towards dissenting opinions, and because of that, it allows you to understand and think about things without all the rhetorical filler that normally permeates political journalism.
Anyway, I guess the point of this post is just to say I really enjoy reading his columns, and to point you to the Audio File of his OnPoint appearance if you want to listen. Also, he has a new book, One Man’s America: The Pleasures and Provocations of Our Singular Nation, which I’ve moved to the top of my ‘to read’ list 🙂
Addendum: George Will gave the commencement speech at Boston University when I graduated in 2003. The subject was baseball so, as commencement speeches go, it was surprisingly tolerable.