Smoker’s Code

by John J. Miller

At the Student Free Press Association website, read an excerpt from Helen Rittelmeyer’s essay in the Jonah-edited book Proud to Be Right:

When I wonder how we managed to have such party solidarity despite everyone’s ideological differences [at Yale], I suppose that it was partly because our libertarians tended to be Southerners and Westerners who cared as much about manliness and personal honor as our traditionalists, and partly because our Catholics were more dissipated than our anarchists. I’m sure that the foxhole mentality of being conservatives on an Ivy League campus helped. But I think the glue that really held us together was the fact that, conservative or libertarian, we all smoked like busted tailpipes.

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