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Presidential nominations: And now the end game

(By Bill Moloney, '76 Contributor) (Hilton Head, S.C.)  If one would simultaneously indulge the virtues of exercise and reflection the wide, flat, sandy white beaches of this beautiful island provide an excellent setting.  The bright splendor of

Presidential politics in turmoil: shades of 1968

(By Bill Moloney, '76 Contributor) (Washington)  If one seeks continuity and tradition here in the Imperial City one readily finds it within the dark paneled walls of the Old Ebbitt Grill.  Established in 1856- a block from

Let us now praise political polarization

(By Bill Moloney, '76 Contributor) In U.S. political discourse today there are few more popular attitudes then the endless lamentations over "political polarization".  The Cassandras insist that divisiveness is damaging, attack ads are despicable, and

What a debt we owe Washington and Hamilton

(By Bill Moloney, Centennial Fellow) With the new year comes a superb new book that sheds important light on what we often forget is the single most important period in all of our nation’s history. Washington & Hamilton: The Alliance That Forged America is a book you won’t want to miss.

Closing Guantanamo looms large in 2016

(By Bill Moloney, Centennial Fellow) Within days of his 2009 Inauguration President Obama announced his intention to fulfill a campaign promise and close the Guantanamo prison facility stating that its' very existence did great damage

Europe besieged from south and east alike

(Centennial Fellow Bill Moloney filed this before the Paris attacks, which only add an exclamation point to his warning) At the end of the 15th century, Europe was a place of no great consequence in the affairs of the world. The continent was still in thrall

Reflections on wealth, sea power and national destiny

(Centennial Fellow Bill Moloney writes from Venice)  In 1890 an obscure Naval War College Professor -Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840-1914)- published The Influence of Sea Power Upon History.  An instant classic the book had an electrifying

Seeking meaning in the Trump phenomenon

(By Bill Moloney, Centennial Fellow) For his role as the demented news anchor in the 1976 film Network, the distinguished British actor Peter Finch won an Academy Award and achieved cult status via an unforgettable scene in which he thrust open a window and shouted at the world,

Nationalism vs. supra-nationalism: DeGaulle was right

  (By Centennial Fellow Bill Moloney, writing from Nantucket) The greatest Frenchman since Napoleon and twice the savior of his nation, Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970) remains the most influential European statesman of the post-World War II era.   Like Metternich, Bismarck, and Churchill before him, De Gaulle embodied a world-historical vision that remains

In memoriam: Clair B. Orr, 1953-2015

(By Bill Moloney, Centennial Fellow) The Book of Ecclesiastes tells us “To Everything there is a season, and a Time to every purpose under the heaven”.  Included are “A time to be born and a