Re: Conservatism for Kids

Jonah: The thing that started to do it for me — i.e., created the pathways for the beliefs and convictions that would come later — was literature, especially dystopian science fiction. I recommend Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, 1984 by George Orwell, and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. It’s hard to read those and not come away believing in freedom. A more recent book that has started to have a similar effect on a younger generation is The Giver by Lois Lowry.

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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