Many criminologists have likely never heard of David Foster Wallace. He was a writer who had a gift for penetrating emotional insight. Unfortunately, he was also a deeply troubled person, ultimately taking his own life.
His commencement speech to Kenyon College is timeless and strikes many themes. The link below goes to his speech. We post it here because his talk demonstrates the very human elements that overlap with conservative ideology--namely, religiosity, spirituality, and our personal responsibilities to others. Of course, conservatives have no special claim to these issues but we do see that conservative ideology tends to readily embrace these issues at both a practical and philosophical level. What, for example, is real freedom? Wallace provides us an answer. Read below:
John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi
Professors of Crime and Criminology