In honor of France’s election of Hollande…

…I remind you of a classic commencement address by none other than P. J. O’Rourke. (I was reminded myself by some other blogger but deeply regret to say I can’t remember whom to hat-tip.) The whole thing is a must-read, but here’s the paragraph relevant to current events:

Whenever you’re unsure about what course to take in life, ask yourself, “What would France do?” You see, France is a treasure to mankind. French ideas, French beliefs, and French actions form a sort of lodestone for humanity. Because a moral compass needle needs a butt end. Whatever direction France is pointing in — toward Nazi collaboration, Communism, existentialism, Jerry Lewis movies, or President Sarkozy’s personal life — you can go the other way with a clear conscience.

Of course, being P.J., he ends his speech as follows:

One last thing: Don’t listen to your elders! After all, if the old person standing up here actually knew anything worth telling, he’d be charging you for it.

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