William Murchison

William Murchison is a Dallas-based columnist for Creators Syndicate. He is completing a book on cross-currents in modern morality.

The Old Ways Were Better

 

Harking back fondly to the standards of half a century go — ah, weren’t those the blithe, happy days? — won’t get you much of a hearing from today’s self-appointed arbiters of college and university Moral Questions. I don’t care. Let’s do it any way. The standards of half a century ago, concerning male-female relationships […]

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Thank You for Oppressing Us!

 

A Dallas city government push to remove visible reminders of the Confederacy (e.g., a splendid equestrian statue of Robert E. Lee) has put in my mind a constructive notion. This country needs much more than a good five-cent cigar, as was said by one of our vice presidents back before lighting up became a crime. […]

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The Big Government ‘Debate’ Over Harvey

 

Well, nyaaah, nyaaah, nyaaah! Out pops, in the general direction of small-government conservatives, the fastidious tongue of the New York Times itself. Just look at these small-government conservatives, the Times enjoins. Don’t seem to care so much for “small government,” do they, in Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath! “After Proudly Defying Washington,” asserts the Times headline on […]

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The Return of Fellow Feeling

 

You might say it has not been much of a month for the human race. I might myself contend that signs of life float on the flooded streets of Houston. People are acting the way people used to act, back before we were all required, seemingly, to stake out a political position and hate those […]

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The Knock-Down, Drag-Out Society

 

Civilized disagreement — that’s one thing. Flagrant insult, direct or strongly powerfully implied, as a lever for moving public policy along — let me see; I don’t believe I’d call it persuasive, uplifting, or even very useful. I would call it another mark of the disruptive, disrupted times we live in, when every difference of […]

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Violence to the Right and Left of Us

 

The jury is in, and from the glowering looks on all faces, the verdict appears unanimous: The President blew it. What did he mean, the infamy in Charlottesville could be ascribed to “many sides”? His accompanying condemnation of “hatred, bigotry, and violence” fell flat. Where was his specific and grounded condemnation of the alt-right, whose […]

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Quietish Time in the City of Power

 

Who weeps, who languishes, who darts anxious glances at the clock just about the time Congress goes on vacation? The media, of course. With Congress out of town, what’s to report on, what’s to wring the hands over? As we all acknowledge, Washington, D.C., is the center of the galaxy. When Congress is in session […]

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Pulling Down Confederate Statues Does Nothing to Change Society

 

In these very — I mean very — weird times of ours, few phenomena appear weirder than what I would describe as the mania for pulling down or otherwise removing memorials to dead Confederates. New Orleans has done it. My own University of Texas has done it. Dallas now talks of doing it, as my […]

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Assaulting the Clean-Up Crew

 

What do we take away, then, from the earthquake on the Senate floor last week, with wisps of smoke still rising from the ruins of Republican efforts to do something — anything! — likely to rationalize the health care mess? We take away, or should, the lesson that government can’t do everything, and when it […]

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The Left Against (Even) the Left

 

Once it became clear most Christian leaders were bored with orthodox Christianity, and had thrown in with the Social Justice game, progressives removed their talons from the flesh of a faith unwilling to tout its own premises. It got tedious to be banging away about a religious right barely in evidence. Even Trump-admiring Baptists such […]

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