was founded in recognition that the direction of society is set by its most deeply held beliefs and aspirations. These are molded by culture in the broad sense, as represented by universities, the arts, churches, publishing, museums, and entertainment. Acting on the minds, imaginations, and moral-spiritual sensibilities of a society’s members, the culture shapes their general perception of reality and their likes and dislikes—for good or ill. Politics does not operate independently of the culture but reflects it. Though politics can also shape culture, being able to exert educational and other cultural influence is ultimately more important than winning elections. Major and long-range change presupposes a transformation of the culture. Read More
June 2015 Conference
Brian Patrick Mitchell • The American ConservativeStatesmanship and the Dangers of Civil Religion
Bruce Frohnen • The Imaginative Conservative
Claes G. Ryn, Athena Books, 672 pages
Michael P. Federici, Richard M Gamble and Mark T Mitchell (Eds.), Palgrave Macmillan, 236 pages
Justin D. Garrison, Routledge, 252 pages
Richard M. Gamble, Continuum, 224 pages
Brian P. Mitchell • Humanitas
news and announcements
Read retired US Ambassador Chas Freeman's keynote address at the APL annual Conference. "Too Quick on the Draw: Militarism and the Malpractice of Diplomacy in America."
June 13, 2015
Michael Federici to Debate
NHI President Michael Federici, PhD, and historian Michael Schwarz, PhD, will debate the relative merits of two central American founders, Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, at the University of Louisville.
September 12, 2014
Claes Ryn Novel Released in Paperback
A Desperate Man, the novel recently published by former APL president Claes Ryn, has now been released in paperback.
January 15, 2014
The Culture of Immodesty in American Life and Politics: The Modest Republic is a collection of thirteen essays from a broad range of scholars and independent authors, evaluating the prevalence of immodesty in various aspects of American life and culture.
Garrison provides an original and groundbreaking analysis of Ronald Reagan’s imagination as it was expressed mainly in his presidential speeches.
Ryn discussed his recent novel, A Desperate Man, on the Washington, DC, area television show.