Phi Beta Cons

How Things Change

I’m currently reading a book about 19th-century higher education, published in 1930. (Please don’t ask why.) It includes this sentence:

In the first place, college faculties were, as it is notorious that they commonly are, strongholds of conservatism.

This is a reference to institutional small-c conservatism–i.e., the general notion of resistance to change–but still. I had to read this line about five times before moving on.

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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