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Learning the Leadership Lessons of the Past: In History Lies the Secrets

Looking Backward to See Forward

Former presidential speechwriter James C. Humes, tells of the time he met Winston Churchill. The meeting had a lasting impact on the young American exchange student at Stowe, who later said […]


"Study history, study history.
In history lies all the secrets of statecraft."
—Sir Winston S. Churchill

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Perfecting the Power of Political Propaganda (PART 2)
By | 09/27/2010 11:50AM | PROBLEMS

The Subtle, Insidious Manipulation of the American Mind

Propaganda is the menace to democracy of which the American people are least aware. This is true in part because it is intentionally surreptitious, but also because propaganda, by its very nature, is contrary to freedom and democracy. Thus, most Americans find it difficult to fathom the true extent to which we are influenced by political and corporate propaganda. It seems almost counter-intuitive; especially when we look and feel so free. Yet, to be sure, this is precisely what makes propaganda so powerful—the ideas seem to sprout up out of […]


“Only the mob and the elite can be attracted
by the momentum of totalitarianism itself.
The masses have to be won by propaganda.”
-Hannah Arendt

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Who Can We Trust in Washington?
By | 09/13/2010 11:05AM | PROBLEMS

The only thing we can depend on in Washington is a constant stream of partisan propaganda.

With all of the problems we have in Washington there is one that stands out, in my view, as being extremely problematic: a total lack of trust. I just don’t believe that we can trust anyone in Washington anymore. As much as I admire our Founders and as much as I stand in awe of […]


“Politics is the shadow cast on society by big business…business for private profit through private control of banking, land, industry, reinforced by command of the press, press agents and other means of publicity and propaganda.” -John Dewey

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Democracy: By Invitation Only
By | 03/14/2010 12:00PM | PROBLEMS, SOLUTIONS

What is a republic when its leaders remain inaccessible, residing behind gated communities, stone walls and closed doors?

In America today, access to power is a privilege open to a very small, and very rich, minority of Americans. Meeting with a U.S. Senator or U.S. Representative or some other high-ranking public official or political VIP—even once they are out of office—is strictly limited to political and social elites. And though we might expect this aristocratic mentality […]


"I hope our wisdom will grow with our power,
and teach us, that the less we use our
power the greater it will be.”
-Thomas Jefferson

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