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Dept. of Bad Ideas


I’ve just learned that something called the Roosevelt Institution is trying to establish a chapter at my alma mater, the University of Michigan. What is the Roosevelt Institution? I thought you’d never ask. According to the group’s website, it’s “a national network of student think tanks that provide the organizational infrastructure to get student ideas into the public discourse.” That’s just what we need, because I know that whenever some topic comes before Congress–the pending nuclear agreement with India, for instance–my first question often is: “What do left-wing undergrads think?” The motto for the Roosevelt Institution should be something James Thurber once said: “American college students are like American colleges–each has half-dulled faculties.”


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