GEORGE F. WILL

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“The intellectual cannot operate at room temperature.” –Eric Hoffer, “First Things, Last Things” (1971) WASHINGTON: Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) meant that intellectuals in his day tended not to be temperate. In our day, this defect—moral overheating—has been democratized: Anyone can have it. Now, everybody can be happily furious, delirious with hysteria…

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WASHINGTON: It was an epoch-defining decision to place in Westminster Abbey, among statues of monarchs, priests and poets, a large one of James Watt, inventor of the separate-condenser steam engine. The statue’s inscription says Watt ranks among the world’s benefactors because he “increased the power of man”. The economist and…

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WASHINGTON: In 1859, when Manhattan still had many farms, near the Battery on the island’s southern tip The Great American Tea Company was launched. It grew, and outgrew its name, becoming in 1870 The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, which in 1912 begat the first A&P Economy Store, a…

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WASHINGTON: The technique has been called (by this columnist) “immunity through profusion.” By keeping the molten lava of falsehoods flowing, the volcano that is Donald Trump can inundate the public and overwhelm his auditors’ capacity to produce a comparable flow of corrections. This technique was on display the other day…