Phi Beta Cons

What a Commencement Address!

What if a college, instead of inviting some hack politician or preening moralist to give the commencement address, asked P.J. O’Rourke? Then you’d get a talk like this.

Rather than dozing off, I think that the students would love it. Much of the faculty, though, would walk out in protest.

George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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