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Bill Kristol’s Crystal Clear Advice to Undergrads

No, I’d rather analyze this

After seeing Bill Kristol’s talk at the J-School, Adam Shapiro reached out via email with a few questions.  Kristol was kind enough to respond and has some great words of advice:

Bwog: What’s an unpopular political opinion of yours that turned out to be right?

Kristol: That we should send more troops to Iraq (argued from 2003-2006, against both the Bush Administration and the left), and then, in 2007, that the surge (when the Bush administration finally did it) could and would succeed.

B: What’s an opinion you were once sure of that that turned out to be wrong?

K: That political correctness, academic trendiness and intellectual close-mindedness at universities couldn’t get any worse. It’s managed to do so for three decades.

B: Thoughts on Columbia University College Republicans endorsing marriage equality? Should more Republicans follow their lead?

K: People should make up their own minds on this, and not be shaped by bigotry on the one hand or intimidated by political correctness on the other.

B: Thoughts on Froscanity?

K: The worst thing about “daring” academics is how stupid and unimaginative their stunts are.

B: During your lecture, you said it is a particularly “fun time to be young”. What’s your idea of having fun in college?

K: I don’t think 20-year olds will or should take advice on “fun” things to do from me. But–to return to a theme–nor should they slavishly follow peer pressure, or the conventional wisdom that dominates the often very small and cramped world of today’s colleges. There are more ways to have fun and to live a satisfying life than than are dreamt of by academic liberals.

LectureHop: Bill Kristol (no, not that one)

Analyze THAT!

The latest in the J-School’s Delacorte Lecture featured Fox News contributor and Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol. In a room packed with J-School students and retirees hoping Kristol would use the opportunity to “debunk” global warming, political peer Adam Shapiro listened on.

Professor Victor Navasky (former longtime editor of The Nation) introduced Kristol by mentioning his work for the Reagan and Bush administrations and the McCain 2008 campaign. Navasky then told the audience to brace for “something completely different.”

Kristol began by thanking the Columbia Journalism School for being “fair and balanced” enough to invite a conservative to speak. He candidly talked about becoming Republican, explaining that being conservative was a form of rebellion growing up on the Upper West Side. He half jokingly explained that he later read books to justify the prejudices he developed.

Kristol focused most of his lecture on his belief that the internet is radically reshaping the political and media landscape. Despite his “normal inclination as a conservative to debunk claims of novelty,” he posited that in the last twenty years things have changed at unprecedented speed. As a conservative, he’s enthusiastic about the changes the internet is bringing and sees them as healthy for democracy and good for the individual.

Steam engines and Sarah Palin