Joel Belz

Joel is WORLD's founder. He contributes regular commentary for WORLD Magazine and WORLD Radio. Joel has served as editor, publisher, and CEO over three decades at WORLD and is the author of Consider These Things. Joel resides with his wife, Carol, near Asheville, N.C.

Trump: Matt Rourke/AP • Sanders: Mic Smith/AP

Two crazy uncles

Campaign 2016 | Will Trump and Sanders sow the seeds of a third party?
by Joel Belz
Posted 1/22/16, 01:00 am

Whose crazy uncle is crazier? I suggested in this column last September that Donald Trump was like the embarrassing uncle you probably didn’t want at your dinner table. How would you ever know what goofy thing he might say next? Get him out of here, fast. Don’t let him ruin the party. In that case, of course, it was the Republican Party that was at risk.

Well, that was before we started paying attention to the other crazy uncle. Turns out that Bernie Sanders might be threatening the Democratic Party in pretty much the same way Trump is scaring the Republicans.

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Krieg Barrie

'Keep it quiet, please'

Culture | Interpreting silence is a tricky and dangerous duty in a scandal-prone world
by Joel Belz
Posted 1/08/16, 01:00 am

It’s the very nature of sex crimes, of course, that the perpetrators do everything they can to keep their wrongdoing quiet. Silencing of this sort can happen on any scale. It might be the attorney for comedian Bill Cosby emphatically denying multiple women’s charges that the TV star had forced them into unwanted sexual relationships. Or perhaps it’s the government of Japan claiming there are no records of their army’s ever compelling thousands of Korean women and girls to serve as “comfort women” during World War II.

Keep it quiet, please. Very quiet.

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Dominic Valente/The Ann Arbor News via AP

Seething cauldrons

Higher Education | Civil, respectful dialogue seems to be a thing of the past on college campuses
by Joel Belz
Posted 12/22/15, 01:00 am

The valet at our hotel was eager to talk. He was, indeed, one of those fellows who, when I asked him casually if he’d grown up there in Savannah, Ga., proceeded to give us his whole life story.

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