[EconTalk] George Will on the Conservative Sensibility

George Will on the Conservative Sensibility

16/09/2019 by EconTalk: Russ Roberts

Web player: https://podplayer.net/?id=81258686
Episode: http://files.libertyfund.org/econtalk/y2019/Willconservativesensibility.mp3

George Will talks about his new book, The Conservative Sensibility, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Will argues for a conservative vision that embraces the dynamic nature of life. Topics discussed include the current political landscape, the American founding, James Madison’s vision of government vs. Woodrow Wilson’s, Friedrich Hayek, and of course, a little baseball.

Listen Date: 1 December 2019


  • This was one of the more ideological, less illuminating EconTalk episodes, and I didn’t enjoy it much, or recall anything much after having listened to it. Whatever it did talk about was the stuff that Econ Talk already, always talks about.
  • The one thing that did stay with me was George Will talking about how a sensibility is more than an attitude but less then an agenda.
  • And also how he blames memorising baseball statistics for his current prodigious recall of facts. As a quizzer, I didn’t exactly memorise baseball stats, and nor do I have the recall that I used to – but I slightly empathise. It’s a ridiculous obsession that however has a side benefit of improving recall.


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