About William Murchison

William Murchison

William Murchison

William Murchison thinks there’s more to life than politics.

That’s the title of his mold-breaking look at modern culture, with foreword by William F. Buckley, Jr.

In There’s More to Life Than Politics (Spence,  1999) Murchison smacks around the prevalent notion  that politicians and power can fix everything in need of fixing.  His own assumption is a quieter one -- that family, religion, memory, and the little things of life outweigh our usual anxieties.  That assumption anchors all his widely published writings.

He’s Radford Distinguished Professor of Journalism at Baylor University, in Waco, Tex., a post he assumed after retiring from nearly 40 years with Texas newspapers, including the Dallas Morning News, where he was associate editor and senior columnist, and won numerous prizes for writing.

A seventh-generation Texan, Murchison (commonly known as Bill) was graduated from the University of Texas in 1963 and received a  master of arts degree from Stanford University in 1964.  Besides There’s More to Life Than Politics, he has published Reclaiming Morality in America, with foreword by Bill Bennett.  The book he has just finished, on the crisis in the Episcopal Church, will appear in 2007.

His writings are found in publications like the Wall Street Journal,  the Weekly StandardHuman Life ReviewFirst Things, Touchstone, and National Review.  His syndicated column, distributed by Creators since the ‘90s, began in 1981.

Married for 32 years,  the Murchisons live in Dallas, in a saltbox house designed (and partly executed) by Nancy Murchison.  The once-a-week commute to Waco takes less than two hours.  The Murchisons have two grown sons and one new daughter-in-law,  as well as a taste for wine, opera,  and Texas art.   They participate actively in community affairs and in the life of  their Episcopal parish and diocese..

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A Start-Over Job for the ERA Feb 18, 2020

One immense reason for our present political entanglements — would it be OK to say "messes"? — is the lately acquired political habit of addressing every possible human problem through politics. For instance, with regard to women's rights... Read More

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Of Donald and Nancy: Two Wrongs Plus One More Feb 11, 2020

You could say, as I'm sure vast numbers have, that "Trump started it." But he didn't, because he didn't have to. Vast numbers had done it for him, and President Donald Trump merely picked up where they had left off — loud and brash, eyes intent... Read More

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So, What Did They Think They Were Doing? Feb 04, 2020

In any "stupidest" or "most worthless" contest, America can confidently put its money on the President Donald Trump impeachment mess. What frivolity. What junk. What an irredeemable waste of valuable time. Almost irredeemable. I should make th... Read More

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The Party of Hate? Jan 28, 2020

In the middle of a muddle, there's minimal sense in predicting outcomes. In other words, is the president's former national security advisor speeding the president toward removal from office? (I strongly doubt whether John Bolton's version of Presid... Read More