The Corner

Stewed

I haven’t laid eyes on Jon Stewart’s new book, Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race, but I did see the capsule review in the new Publisher’s Weekly. Here’s the final line:

The book ends with a plea to the aliens to reconstruct the human race from DNA in the hope that, with guidance from the visitors, “we could overcome the baser aspects of our nature… and give this planet the kind of caretakers it deserves,” revealing the tears behind Stewart’s clown.

What a perfect embodiment of liberal utopianism: a call for extraterrestrials to make us better by changing who we are.

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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