David Hein

About David Hein

David Hein is Senior Fellow at the George C. Marshall Foundation and the author of Noble Powell and the Episcopal Establishment in the Twentieth Century.

Samuel Johnson: A Guide for the Perplexed Undergraduate

By |2021-01-14T09:24:27-06:00January 12th, 2021|Categories: Education, Truth|

Samuel Johnson unfolds his thoughts not on dry philosophical subjects but on practical themes: the common virtues needful in everyday living and learning and behaving. His words are both honorable and useful, and he is a valuable companion on the undergraduate journey. The following is an advising memorandum addressed to undergraduate students. Perplexed and undecided: the [...]

Robert Penn Warren’s “All the King’s Men”: The Agony of Will

By |2020-04-28T15:10:12-05:00April 27th, 2020|Categories: Books, Imagination, Literature, Morality|

All the King’s Men (1946): It’s as if Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989) wrote this classic American tale principally for college and university students. With a solid foundation in the liberal arts, they will recognize the philosophical and psychological theories that a central character, Jack Burden, has in mind when he transforms them into excuses for [...]

George Washington and the Patience of Power

By |2020-03-01T02:47:33-06:00February 21st, 2020|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, George Washington, History, Timeless Essays, Virtue, War|

What enabled George Washington to be so different from other victorious commanders? He had little innate patience but held immense power. How—and where—did he learn patience? Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords our readers the opportunity to join David Hein, as he considers the virtues that endowed George Washington with perseverance and strength [...]

Studies in Virtue: George Washington & George Marshall

By |2019-01-16T21:55:56-06:00January 16th, 2019|Categories: American Founding, Character, George Washington, Leadership|

What George Washington and George Marshall have to say to us has to do most of all with the ethical claims of the virtue of duty. Teachers would ably fulfill their calling if they convey to their students their conviction that civil society is best understood and entered into as a partnership in every virtue, [...]

The Marshall Plan: Conservative Reform as a Weapon of War

By |2019-11-19T17:25:55-06:00March 20th, 2018|Categories: Cold War, Conservatism, History, Politics, Russell Kirk, War|

As a weapon in the Cold War, the Marshall Plan contributed to the strategic goal of maintaining a balance of power between East and West and thereby containing the Soviet Empire long enough for it to collapse under the weight of its internal contradictions… If students recall anything about the European Recovery Program (the Marshall [...]

Frederic Manning’s “Her Privates We”: A Mystery of the Great War

By |2017-12-23T01:05:58-06:00December 22nd, 2017|Categories: History, Literature, Roger Scruton, War, World War I|

Neither a pacifist’s nor a militant’s novel, Her Privates We is praiseworthy both for its unforgettable characters and for its compelling, if necessarily tentative, exploration of this mystery of personhood under extreme pressure… Her Privates We by Frederic Manning (272 pages, Serpent’s Tail, 1999) Almost everyone enjoys a good detective story, and Her Privates We is [...]

Ronald Reagan & George C. Marshall: A Cold War Affinity

By |2019-05-14T13:56:10-05:00December 20th, 2017|Categories: Cold War, Conservatism, Europe, Featured, History, Politics, Ronald Reagan, War|

Both George C. Marshall and Ronald Reagan were “conservative internationalists”: peace-through-strength realists who did not lose sight of their democratic principles, and who engaged with other nations to achieve not only American security and prosperity, but also a greater measure of freedom and justice in the world… Within this past year occurred both the thirtieth anniversary [...]

“Ride the High Country”: An Elegy on Leadership

By |2019-06-18T15:42:22-05:00December 15th, 2017|Categories: Culture, Film, History, Leadership, Statesman, Virtue|

For students of leadership for a just society, Ride the High Country crystallizes beliefs and codes of behavior worth studying, affirming, and claiming today… If you want to know what made the statesman and military leader George Catlett Marshall (1880–1959) great, then watch Ride the High Country (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer), and you will receive a taste of that knowledge. This [...]

Niebuhr’s “Irony of American History”: Still Vital at Sixty-Five

By |2019-04-02T15:24:34-05:00November 28th, 2017|Categories: Abraham Lincoln, Books, Conservatism, Foreign Affairs, Freedom, History, Virtue|

Reinhold Niebuhr finds that, ironically, we turn our virtues into vices when our virtue is “too complacently relied upon” or naively affirmed or trusted in—maybe even brazenly signaled to others—just as our power becomes problematic if we have an overweening confidence in our wisdom to employ this influence or force justly… The Irony of American [...]

George Washington & the Patience of Power

By |2020-02-20T23:32:41-06:00November 20th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, Christianity, George Washington, History, Virtue, War|

In his courage and perseverance throughout the Revolution, George Washington revealed his reliance on patience—and feelingly used the word when referring to his men at Valley Forge. In contemporary American society, the relationship between patience and power is often wary and distant: If people have power, then they won’t have to wait. Recently, however, these two [...]

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