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    • DellwoodBarker1 year ago

      This read is a breath of fresh air.

      I never look at Twitter. I don’t tweet. I don’t know how to tweet. If someone said, “Tweet, or I’ll kill you,” I’m done.

      You don’t feel like you’re missing out?

      I know exactly what I’m missing, and I’m delighted to miss it.


      1. Update (9/26/2021):

        Having never heard this man speak IRL and being in the midst of Halt and Catch Fire S3 I hear the following in the voice of Boz (John Bosworth) -one of the best characters in the series:

      2. Update (9/26/2021):

        Did the success of Donald Trump make you reconsider what you thought of as “conservatism”?

        No. No, no, no. It made me realize that conservatism was a label that could be hijacked. But no: Conservatism, by golly, is what I say it is. [Laughs]

      3. Update (9/26/2021):

        If someone came along and said, “Really, now. Calm down. Deep breaths.” I think the country would be so ready for that.


    • jeff
      Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
      1 year ago

      Really interesting interview!

      “If people feel condescended to, how do you write a bill and take care of condescension? It’s very hard to address, which is why politics becomes sort of cut off from the normal stuff of politics. … What do you do politically? I don’t get it.”

      I'd argue that poverty and economic stagnation might be the actual root causes of a lot of these grievances, which then manifest themselves as a sort of seemingly disconnected outrage. It's what Trump and Bernie supporters have in common: A seething anger at the neoliberal economic policies of globalization that the establishment (both Republicans and Democrats) have supported unanimously for decades. Of course George Will doesn't get it!

      I'm not actually sure how I even feel about such economic policies, but I can totally understand why populism would seem appealing to someone who lost their job when the mill closed down or to someone who is saddled with student debt and facing a lack of prospects. I just think it's unreasonable to expect us all to get along when so many are being left behind economically.

      • Bubba1 year ago

        Agree with Jeff 100% -- and I only want to add that Will is wrong about George Washington. The first words of his Farewell Address in 1796 were: "Friends and Fellow Citizens." And let's not forget Andrew Jackson. Presidents have played this outsized cultural role in American politics from the beginning.

        • jeff
          Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
          1 year ago

          The first words of his Farewell Address in 1796 were: "Friends and Fellow Citizens."

          Wow, good catch!

    • dtheilen61 year ago

      “….the cost of cheap speech — which is often high-velocity lunacy and vituperation and just plain ugliness.” - from the article. George Will referencing Gene Volokh