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What a debt we owe Washington and Hamilton

By |January 19th, 2016|Categories: America, Books, History|Tags: , , , , |

(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 |November 30th, 2015|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , , |

(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

By |November 18th, 2015|Categories: Europe, Islam, Western Civilization, World|Tags: , , , |

(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

By |October 18th, 2015|Categories: History, Ideas|Tags: , , , , , , |

(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 |September 13th, 2015|Categories: Elections, Politics|Tags: , , , , , , |

(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 |August 18th, 2015|Categories: Immigration, World|Tags: , , , , , |

  (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 |August 13th, 2015|Categories: Colorado|Tags: , , |

(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 [...]

U.S. and British elections: changing patterns of party alignment

By |June 6th, 2015|Categories: Politics|Tags: , , , , , , |

(By Bill Moloney, Centennial Fellow)  Dateline Washington, DC: As I write from the Imperial City- ablaze as always with partisan speculation – the conversation at our table at the Old Ebbitt Grill is about an [...]

The state of education reform today

By |June 5th, 2015|Categories: Education|

(By Bill Moloney, Centennial Fellow)  This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the landmark legislation that launched the Federal Government as the principal force in American school reform. Hailed as a key element in Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” program, the law was quickly transformed into a generalized entitlement with only limited impact on real reform. This baleful precedent set a pattern […]

School reform rises from the ashes

By |April 18th, 2015|Categories: Education|

(Centennial Fellow) This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the landmark legislation that launched the Federal Government as the principal force in American school reform. […]