Is there a conservative case for smoking? No? All right, let’s move on, then. Kidding: In this episode, Young Americans Jack Butler and Alec Dent crashed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Friends, trying to turn it into the Department of Health and Human Flourishing as they make the case to two inveterate smokers that there is nothing bodily or philosophically defensible about smoking cigarettes. Their argument inadvertently becomes a Millennial vs. Gen X clash along the way.

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  1. Joe D. Inactive
    Joe D.
    @JosephDornisch

    Is this ‘smoking to own the libs’ really that big of a thing, it seems to me you’ve been making a mountain of a mole hill.

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  2. Kephalithos Member
    Kephalithos
    @Kephalithos

    Joe D. (View Comment): Is this ‘smoking to own the libs’ really that big of a thing, it seems to me you’ve been making a mountain of a mole hill.

    It’s somewhere between a mountain and a molehill — more like a termite mound, really.

    At every conservative liberal arts college, there’s a cadre of aesthetes, English majors, and Catholic converts (but I repeat myself) who hang around the library, puffing away. When asked to justify their air pollution, they say things like, “But Hemingway smoked, man.”

    Not a large group, but an annoying one.

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  3. JackButler Podcaster
    JackButler
    @JackButler

    Kephalithos (View Comment):
    esthetes, English majors, and Catholic converts (but I repeat myself) who hang around the library, puffing a

    Yes, all four of the conservative liberal arts colleges… 

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