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Michael R. Bloomberg

Class of 2019: Bring Truth to Light

Don’t be distracted, don’t pass the buck, and other lessons for 21st-century citizenship.

He had the right idea.

He had the right idea.

Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images North America

The following is an adaptation of an address to Washington University in St. Louis’s class of 2019.

Americans are losing the ability to conduct civil and productive dialogue with those who hold different political views. This has profound implications for our ability to function as a society.