William Murchison

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

Feeling Demoralized Lately?

 

‘Demoralization’ is the word that currently burbles up at 3 a.m., like the red pepper flakes in a second helping of spaghetti. Demoralization is afoot. We must define it. We must think about it. We must, in the end, worry about it. We need, for starters, a moral Alka-Seltzer. Definition of “demoralize,” from the Oxford […]

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How to Really Tackle Sexual Harassment

 

The first thing to do about sexual harassment is get the pronunciation right. Accent’s on the first syllable, not the second: Never mind what they say on TV. That point acknowledged, we may proceed to considering the rout of the very old codes designed for the honoring and protection of — yes, women. Women who […]

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Here Come the Animal Spirits

 

According to a New Year’s Day New York Times story, business has become energized and optimistic: to the point of backing its hopes and ambitions with investment capital. Is all this about tax cuts? Not quite all, say Times writers Binyamin Appelbaum and Jim Tankersley. “In the administration and across the business community, there is […]

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Democrats, Taxes, and Freedom

 

What’s the matter with the Democrats? The Capitol Hill Democrats, in this present case? Yes, I know. Partisanship: That’s what a question of this kind has smeared all over its face: raw, rank preference for capitalist, fascist Republicans over people-loving, small species-affirming Democrats. But if we can step back from rhetorical excess for a moment, […]

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Voting Booths and Stables

 

Not without cause does the Good Book enjoin readers to avoid putting their trust in “princes,” a word we translate in the 21st century to mean “politicians.” The argument over how Christians should practice politics has rarely been more scrambled, thanks in part to Roy Moore and Donald Trump but more basically to the impossibly […]

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When Government Calls the Shots

 

“China Celebrates Xi Jinping With Fervor Not Seen Since Mao.” — Wall Street Journal, Dec. 10, 2017  And oh, what zeal!: Street-side banners and billboards; a Communist Party publicity tour to celebrate “General Secretary Xi’s words”; official choral performances and song-and-dance routines. “As performers,” says the dance troupe director, “it’s our duty to educate the […]

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The Sky Isn’t Falling — We Just Think It Is

 

Rooms full of racket and non-stop commotion drive a person nuts. You want to clap hands over your ears and flee. Like now — from the rowdiness of what Reader’s Digest used to call — still may for aught I know — “Life in These United States.” If the American noise level seems unlikely to […]

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Will Washington Ever Learn? (Apparently Not)

 

The messiness of the long-proverbial “mess in Washington” stands out this post-holiday week like a picked and evacuated turkey carcass. To itemize: The tax debate, so called. The furor over who’s to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — assuming you’ve heard of an enterprise disliked by many on account of its claimed self-sufficiency and […]

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Thanksgiving Amid the Patter of Reindeer Hooves

 

What? Your Christmas tree hasn’t been up for a week yet? Surely your home is ablaze with red and green and yellow lights? Like the neighbors’ houses? No? Sad (as our president might declare if he gave the matter any thought). Not as sad maybe as the eclipse of Thanksgiving in the mad rush to […]

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How Come Roy Moore Didn’t Know Any Better?

 

We were going to have this conversation one of these days — if you consider a barrage of claims, assertions, denials, and calls for resignation a conversation. However, I digress. We were going to find ourselves tied in knots eventually over matters plucked from a traditional moral matrix and handed over for consideration to you […]

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