Magazine July 08, 2019, Issue

The Conservative Sensibility Is George Will’s Definitive Declaration

George Will (Gage Skidmore)
The Conservative Sensibility, by George F. Will (Hachette Books, 640 pp., $35)

In 1975, shortly after she was elected leader of the Tories, Margaret Thatcher found herself in a debate over the party platform. As one speaker called for moderation and accommodation with Labour, Thatcher reached into her briefcase, pulled out a heavy book, and said, “This is what we believe.” Then she slammed the book on a table. It was Hayek’s Constitution of Liberty.

George Will may have had this anecdote in mind when he began work on The Conservative Sensibility. The syndicated columnist’s 15th book is weighty, learned, comprehensive, philosophical, and perfect for thumping on furniture. “What I have written,” Will

This article appears as “George Will’s Declaration” in the July 8, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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