By David J. Theroux | Saturday February 18, 2017 at 1:23 PM PDT | Comments Off on Michael John Novak, Jr., 1933-2017
Our very dear friend and Founding Member of the Board of Advisors of the Independent Institute, Michael Novak, passed away at the age of 83, on February 17th. A man of immense generosity, integrity, joyfulness, and good will, Michael was one of the most important scholars, theologians, prolific authors, and public intellectuals of the...
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By Sam Staley | Thursday November 10, 2016 at 3:08 PM PDT | Comments Off on Faith and Courage on Hacksaw Ridge
With faith comes conviction; with conviction comes courage; with courage comes action; with action comes leadership; with leadership comes social change. That chain could easily encapsulate the main storyline of Hacksaw Ridge, an engaging and sobering biopic focused on the heroic acts of World War II medic Desmond Doss. Desmond Doss was a Seventh...
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By Gary Galles | Monday February 8, 2016 at 2:45 PM PDT | Comments Off on Trumping Washington Won’t Make America Great Again
Americans have begun voting in the process to select the 44th person to succeed George Washington as President. Unfortunately, missing from the process have been the principles that animated Washington as America’s “indispensable man,” in historian Forrest MacDonald’s words. The character that made him “first in war, first in peace, and first in the...
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Tags: American Revolution, character, civic virtue, civility, Donald Trump, Founder, Founding Father, George Washington, honor, humility, Imperial Presidency, indispensable man, intregity, Liberty, limited government, U.S. President