The Agenda with Steve Paikin.

Waller Newell on What Makes Leaders Great.

TV Ontario

November 10, 2009

Waller Newell on the modern leader -- what are we looking for and has the meaning of leadership changed?

Is Machiavelli a Philosopher?

The 500th anniversary of Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince

Sept. 19, 2013

A conference held on Thursday, September 19, 2013 and hosted by the Program on Constitutional Government at Harvard.

Panelists: Ioannis Evrigenis (Tufts); Christopher Lynch (Carthage); Harvey Mansfield (Harvard); Waller Newell (Carleton)

B.Hums 20th Anniversary: Waller R. Newell

The Birth of the Bachelor of Humanities

The history of the B.Hum by one of the College’s founders, Professor Waller R. Newell.

The Many Faces of Tyranny

Why Democracy Isn't Always Possible

The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.

July 11, 2014.
History has not ended. Across the world today, we are witnessing both a heroic struggle for democracy and reform and the disturbing strength of tyrannical regimes and movements. Whether it be the Arab Spring, the Syrian civil war, the aggressiveness of Putin's Russia or the increasing bellicosity of China, the forces of democracy and the forces of tyranny are in a dead heat.

The Three Faces of Tyranny

Why Democracy Isn't Always Possible

March 12, 2015

Black Mountain Institute Fellow in Humanistic Studies Waller R. Newell delivers a lecture "The Three Faces of Tyranny: Why Democracy Isn't Always Possible," in the Marjorie Barrick Museum at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on March 12, 2015. Introduction by UNLV Professor of Political Science David Fott.

Interview with The Ottawa Citizen.

Canada After 9/11

Feb 25, 2013

Waller Newell, a professor of political science at Carleton University, talks about Canada's post-9/11 role in world affairs.

Cambridge University Press

Promotional Video for Tyrants a History of Power Injustice and Terror

March 04, 2016

Waller Newell’s Tyrants: A History of Power, Injustice, and Terror examines why tyranny is ever present by charting its strange career from Homeric Bronze Age warriors through Alexander the Great and Rome, and the medieval struggle between the City of God and the City of Man, to the state-building despots of the Modern Age, including the Tudors and ‘enlightened despots’ such as Peter the Great. 

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Art of Manliness Podcast #220: Tyrants - A History of Power, Injustice, and Terror

Since the days of Ancient Greece, a battle between two political forces has been going on in the West: democracy vs. tyranny. 


But what makes a tyrant a tyrant? How has tyranny changed throughout Western history? And what is its connection to masculinity?

My guest today has recently published a book that explores these questions. His name is Waller Newell. He’s a professor of political science and philosophy at Carleton University in Canada. I’ve had Waller on the podcast before to discuss his great book, The Code of Man.

Today on the show, we discuss his latest book, Tyrants: A History of Power, Injustice, and Terror. Waller and I talk about the three types of tyranny that pop up in world history, what we can learn about tyranny and masculinity from the Ancient Greeks and Romans, how some tyrants paved the way for liberal democracies, how ISIS is a form of modern tyranny, and what the antidote to tyranny is. This is a fascinating show with lots of implications for today’s geopolitical environment. 

KNPR-FM- The Many Faces of Tyranny

Across the world we witness both the struggle for democracy and the strength of tyrannical regimes. Whether it is in Syria, Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, or the threat from ISIS in Iraq, it seems democracy and tyranny are in a dead heat.

So how should the United States and its allies respond? And, what lessons from history should we learn from?

Waller Newell is the Black Mountain Institute fellow in Humanistic Studies. He is also author of the book “Tyranny: a New Interpretation.”

Newell told KNPR's State of Nevada the idea for his book "came out of our experience in 1989 when we were told we had reached the end of history  ... that the conflict between the super powers, American and the USSR, and that we are now entering a period of the unstoppable spread of liberal democracies around the world."

But, Newell said since the "so-called end of history" the world has become even more divided, even more driven by sectarian violence and "tyranny has made a roaring comeback."

"Both in the form of (President Vladamir) Putin in Russia, of course jihadist terrorism, and the Arab Spring," Newell said. "So all in all, it seems to me that the promise of the end of history was vastly premature."

The Art of Manliness Podcast 104

I’ve quoted Dr. Waller Newell several times in my writing about masculinity on the Art of Manliness, and his approach towards manhood is very similar to the one that I take. So it was a pleasure to finally get to speak to him and have him on the podcast. Dr. Newell is a professor of political science at Carleton University and has written several books on manhood and honor including The Code of Man: Love, Courage, Pride, Family, Country andWhat Is a Man? 3,000 Years of Wisdom on the Art of Manly Virtue.

Show Highlights:

  • The difference between manly and womanly virtue

  • Why TR and Churchill have more in common with the ancient Greeks than we do with TR and Churchill

  • Why Western society turned its back on a 3,000-year-old conception of manhood as virtue and what that has wrought

  • The 5-fold path in order to achieve a satisfying life

  • Why honor must exist for a code of manhood to exist

  • The relationship between terrorism and manhood

  • Books every man should read to understand manhood in the West

  • And much more!

The Mike Slater Show AM 760-KFMV

Waller Newell chats about his latest book Tyrants: a History of Power, Injustice and Terror

Interview with Wayne Pond on Soundings, from the National Humanities Center, May 1986

In the course of twentieth-century philosophical inquiry and application, Martin Heidegger is important to both scholarly and popular audiences and has been called the founder of existentialism. W. R. Newell addresses these aspects of Heidegger’s legacy and his influence upon contemporary political and cultural inquiry.

At the time of this interview, Newell, a Fellow at the National Humanities Center (1985-86), was professor of political science at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

This edition of Soundings was conducted by Wayne J. Pond.

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