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George Will, inspired by the Cato Institute’s Simon Abundance Index, reminds us of the superabundance of environmental doomsaying – and of the creative power of free people. Speaking of George Will, John Tamny reviews his latest book, The Conservative Sensibility. A slice from John’s review: This destruction of the Constitution is seemingly rooted in a failure on the part of Congress, and a judiciary that isn’t activist enough, to limit the power of the presidency. Here is where Will is his most fascinating in a book that was already hard to put down. About the presidency, Will writes that the “very parsimony of Article II’s language about presidential power has facilitated the growth of that power.” As Will sees it, we’ve invested far too much majesty in the presidency. Amen.

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George Will, inspired by the Cato Institute’s Simon Abundance Index, reminds us of the superabundance of environmental doomsaying – and of the creative power of free people.

Speaking of George Will, John Tamny reviews his latest book, The Conservative Sensibility. A slice from John’s review:

This destruction of the Constitution is seemingly rooted in a failure on the part of Congress, and a judiciary that isn’t activist enough, to limit the power of the presidency. Here is where Will is his most fascinating in a book that was already hard to put down. About the presidency, Will writes that the “very parsimony of Article II’s language about presidential power has facilitated the growth of that power.” As Will sees it, we’ve invested far too much majesty in the presidency. Amen. Conservatives and liberals will never admit it, but when they claimed that a loss for their preferred presidential candidate in 2016 would mark the beginning of rapid American decline, they were thoroughly insulting the country they claim to love. If one person can wreck a country, it’s arguably not worth saving in the first place.

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He is a professor of economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Previously, he was president of the Foundation for Economic Education.

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