American Leadership in Crisis

By |2020-03-08T20:49:59-05:00March 8th, 2020|Categories: American Republic, Democracy, Donald Trump, Government, Leadership, Politics, Presidency|

History teaches that chosen leaders can unite and divide nations. Unfortunately, discussions on what true leadership must mean for America have been lacking. There is no dearth of leaders in America. Countless platoons representing special interests that range from wealth preservation to sexual orientation favor their own version of a leader. Much of the [...]

“American Priest”: Father Ted Hesburgh’s Ambition & Conflicted Legacy

By |2019-07-14T02:34:27-05:00July 13th, 2019|Categories: Books, Catholicism, Christianity, Education, Leadership|

Can there be such a thing as a great Catholic university, if greatness is defined as Princeton and Harvard and Yale—and Fr. Hesburgh—would define it? Probably not. Fr. Hesburgh failed to achieve the goal that he set for himself, while succeeding greatly at something that he did not set out to do. American Priest: [...]

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, [...]

What Might Homer Say to Us About Leadership?

By |2019-05-30T10:19:59-05:00December 27th, 2018|Categories: Homer, Imagination, Leadership, Letters From Dante Series, Louis Markos|

Author’s Introduction: Imagine if Homer, Virgil, Dante, Chaucer, and the other great poets of ancient Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages had been given the gift, not only to peer into the twenty-first century, but to correspond with us who live in that most confusing and rudderless of centuries. Had it been in their power [...]

Columbus the Exemplar

By |2020-06-19T14:57:28-05:00October 7th, 2018|Categories: Christendom, Culture, History, Leadership, RAK, Russell Kirk, Timeless Essays|

Christopher Columbus offers us the example of those virtues that the old Romans called fortitude and constancy; and the example of those virtues that the early Christians called faith and hope. Half a millennium ago, a Genoese navigator with three caravels and Spanish crews groped his way among the islands of the Caribbean. Thus commenced [...]

Why Society Needs to Cultivate a True Elite Class

By |2019-03-11T14:42:21-05:00June 26th, 2018|Categories: Civil Society, Culture, John Horvat, Leadership, Social Order|

All healthy societies must have elites. The real question is: How do we cultivate true elites who will fully carry out their proper role in society? The problem with our present, meritocratic elites is that they do not know how to carry out these obligations… There was a time when the nation was ruled by [...]

Edmund Burke on the Rage & Frenzy of the French Revolution

By |2020-08-09T17:29:38-05:00April 5th, 2018|Categories: Bradley J. Birzer, Conservatism, Edmund Burke, Europe, History, Leadership, Revolution|

As revolutionary as they claimed to be, the French Revolutionaries were as old as sin, Edmund Burke assured his readers. “Trace them through all their artifices, frauds, and violences,” he argued, and “you can find nothing at all that is new.” Roughly four-fifths into his spectacular Reflections on the Revolution in France, Edmund Burke [...]

Advice for Those With a Bad Boss: My Experience in the Reagan Administration

By |2018-03-13T21:51:52-05:00March 11th, 2018|Categories: Conservatism, Donald Trump, Government, Leadership, Politics, Presidency, Ronald Reagan|

A key to Ronald Reagan’s personality was the devastating experience of being a child of an alcoholic parent. That experience burned into him patterns of behavior common to children of alcoholics—dislike and avoidance of controversy, fear of confrontation and, for many children of alcoholics, an obsession with order… “Chaos” in the Trump White House [...]

The Elements of Leadership: Might, Measure, & Meaning

By |2019-06-06T12:18:22-05:00January 17th, 2018|Categories: Eric Voegelin, Featured, Leadership, Political Philosophy|Tags: |

Not only is a leader an agent of force and something of a philosopher, but he must also be a kind of corporate prophet… The philosopher Eric Voegelin labored for many years in relative obscurity until his death in 1985. Even now his disciples are drawn largely from conservative academe, which is so marginal [...]

“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. [...]

War and Leadership

By |2018-12-08T16:57:50-06:00October 18th, 2017|Categories: Leadership, Modernity, Morality, War, Winston Churchill|Tags: |

Winston Churchill, who is the subject of Martin Gilbert’s work, comes out of it all a towering public figure—an inspiring wartime leader who never lost his confidence in the darkest hours of the war, a man of enormous vitality and energy, unsparing of himself, but who never lost an opportunity to enjoy what life [...]

Jonathan Edwards: Founding Father of American Political Thought

By |2019-05-16T13:55:37-05:00August 26th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, Freedom, History, Leadership, Philosophy, Plato, Politics, St. Augustine|

Jonathan Edwards helped to invent a new America, committed to a national covenant and an unprecedented spiritual egalitarianism… In 1930, the historian Henry Bamford Parkes critically assessed the legacy of America’s most famous Puritan intellectual, Jonathan Edwards. According to Parkes, “it is hardly a hyperbole to say that, if Edwards had never lived, there [...]

Irving Babbitt: An Act of Reparation

By |2019-06-06T10:43:28-05:00August 14th, 2017|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, George A. Panichas, Irving Babbitt, Leadership|Tags: |

Irving Babbitt wrestled with those fundamental life questions that relate to the fate of man in the modern world. What he chose to say about this world of increasing material organization continues to make Babbitt’s work and thought disturbing and unpalatable… Irving Babbitt (1865-1933) never wavered in what he viewed as being his commanding [...]

Where Are the Nation’s Captains?

By |2019-06-27T11:39:31-05:00May 2nd, 2017|Categories: American Republic, Featured, John Horvat, Leadership, Virtue|

In our confusing and chaotic times, we do not need technocrats, economists, and politicians to craft their complex programs to solve our problems. We need captains who selflessly dedicate themselves to defending the common good… Traveling by air these days can be stressful. It is increasingly difficult to go on a trip without some [...]

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