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Statecraft As Soulcraft: What Government Does
Statecraft As Soulcraft: What Government Does
By George F. Will
Simon and Schuster, 1983, 186 pp.

Drawing on Burke rather than Locke, and questioning individualism and the free market as adequate principles for the life of the American nation, George Will preaches a conservatism which will preserve the essence of Western civilization, and which includes morally based social action. He has little to say on international matters, but notes that Western Europe, which shares the same heritage, is as deceived by false values as is America, and that self-indulgence is no proper defense against the barbarians. Will's arrows are almost all on target when he exposes the superficiality of American public life, but if he is long on the need for change, he is short on specifics.