April 27, 2018

A recent interview in CHOSUN ILBO, a leading South Korean newspaper, about Waller Newell's book 'The Soul of a Leader: Character Conviction, and Ten Lessons in Political Greatness', which recently appeared in a Korean edition. The original English version o...

April 27, 2018

Nel fondo buio di ognuno si annida un potenziale tiranno. “Giardiniere”, “riformatore” o “millenarista”, sempre potenziali tiranni siamo, anche se le differenze possono essere sostanziali e Waller R. Newell, professore di Scienze politiche e Filosofia presso la Carleto...

April 27, 2018

Progress is all the rage. I don’t mean simply that we’re fond of improvement – that’s a truism. What I mean, rather, is the tacit and ubiquitous assumption that where we are now is better, more “advanced,” than wherever it was we came from. We’ve progressed from narrow...

April 27, 2018

Newell offers a typology of tyrants: the profit-and-pleasure-seeking “garden variety”; the would-be “reformers”; and the genocidal “millenarians.” Ranging widely across the globe and through the centuries, he provides a link between political philosophy and tyrannical...

April 27, 2018

Tyranny in recent times has presented students of philosophy and history with a new problem: in an age of Enlightenment, when reason, security, and prosperity were thought to be advancing ineluctably against their opposites, modern man has subjected himself to systemat...

April 27, 2018

Democracy is under assault. Vladimir Putin’s authoritarianism, ISIS terrorism, the nuclear threat from North Korea and Donald Trump’s populism are just a few examples of the forces challenging our societies. Concerns about immigrants from terrorist enclaves helped e...

April 27, 2018

Victory was only two years old. Britain's public finances were in shambles due to the huge cost of fighting two devastating global conflicts within the brief span of thirty years. Despite having led his country during its most trying hour, Winston Churchill was now...

April 27, 2018

In his Inaugural Address, President Trump intoned that “we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the people.” He praised the “jus...

April 27, 2018

Where Love Lies Corrupt

Russell Kirk, writing in Prospects for Conservatives, described what enlightened conservatives know but the tyrant does not: that love is the object of life, the backbone of any good society. The conservative, Kirk said, “knows that the just and...

April 27, 2018

Mark Ollard for UNRV: Today we have the distinct pleasure to interview professional scholar, educator, public intellectual and journalist Waller R. Newell about his latest book Tyrants: A History of Power, Injustice, and Terror.

UNRV: Thank you for taking a few moments...

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