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The Happy Warrior

Samantha Gilman profiles super-tweeter Jonah Goldberg:

“My dad once gave me the advice about writing, ‘every sentence you write needs to be either important or good.’ And I sort of have the same attitude about Twitter.”

His top advice for young people?

“Don’t just read the stuff you agree with, read the stuff you disagree with, too. Don’t just interest yourself in what is going on at the moment. It is crucially important, especially for conservatives. Conservatives believe that the past matters, and we are standing on the shoulders of giants.

“Be happy warriors. This is a good fight to be in. We are on the side of freedom and prosperity and of all the things that have made western civilization successful and America in particular great, and defending those things shouldn’t feel like a chore. It should feel like a duty but also like a vocation.”

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.


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