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Richard Levick Discusses the Regulatory Hall of Fame

“I think that we all do heroic things, but hero is not a noun, it’s a verb.” —Robert Downey, Jr. Over the past few weeks, we have had podcast conversations with the likes of former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman, who, among other things, co-authored with Senator Ted Kennedy the Refugee Act of 1980, and co-founded the Congressional…

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Richard Levick Discusses the Price of Courage

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” ― Maya Angelou What is the arc of history if courage had been absent? No “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” No Declaration of Independence – also known as treason and a “death…

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Richard Levick on The Day the Music Died

  On Saturday morning I was thinking about “The day the music died,” Don McLean’s line from “American Pie.” Although I knew the meaning and remember the song well going back to the moment it was released in 1971 (at a shocking length of eight-plus minutes, no less!), I just had to look it up…

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Richard Levick – How to Stop the Madness

“From Andrew Jackson to Richard Nixon, we have seen presidents abuse their power, but we had never witnessed an American president incite a violent mob on the citadel of our democracy in a desperate attempt to cling to power.” – Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island   IN MEMORIAM: This week’s essay is dedicated to Capitol…

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Richard Levick – A New Year’s Resolution

“Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.” —Justin Brooks Atkinson Upon his death in 1984, the New York Times wrote of Justin Brooks Atkinson, where he had worked from 1922 until 1960, that he was ”the theater’s most influential…

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Richard Levick Goes Over the River and Through The Woods

  When I was in second grade, my teacher died of cancer, but not before she taught the class to sing Over the River and Through the Woods, as one of her last acts before a long hospital stay that she would never escape. And there I was, at seven, and had already lost the two…

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Richard Levick – Dropping the Mic

“I spent the morning putting in a comma and the afternoon removing it.” –Gustave Flaubert In 2015 Forbes magazine, where I had a column for about a decade, asked me to cover the Republican presidential debates. Having followed politics since childhood with the Humphrey-Nixon election of 1968 and, as a university professor, teaching about “political moments” –…

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Richard Levick – Keeping Hope Alive

  Dateline: Covid-19, Week 36 I won’t lie to you. These past nine months have had their moments. Who amongst us hasn’t had that morning where getting up seemed inordinately difficult? It’s not the ten-thousand yard stare. I’ve had that a time or two in my life, after crushing blows like an unexpected death, where…

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Richard Levick Asks – Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

The house of everyone is to him as his Castle and Fortress as well for defense against injury and violence, as for his repose.” —Sir Edward Coke We’ve simplified this over the last 400 years to “a person’s home is their castle,” and here we are, the day after the American election, thinking about our…

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Richard Levick – Tell Me Why I’m Stupid

  It was a few weeks after a team of us had been stationed on Water Street, in New York’s financial district, for AIG for most of 2008 and 2009, during the financial meltdown. I had gone to Ho Chi Minh City for three days to attend a meeting of the World Economic Forum Partnership…

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Richard Levick – What We Hear

Dig It The Beatles Like a rolling stone A like a rolling stone Like the FBI and the CIA And the BBC, BB King And Doris Day Matt Busby Dig it, dig it, dig it Dig it, dig it, dig it, dig it, dig it, dig it, dig it, dig it When the Beatles’ “Dig…

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Richard Levick – Equal Justice Under Law

  Ruth Bader Ginsburg is why I went to law school. Well, that’s not fully accurate. As a formative adolescent in the late 1960s and early 1970s, I did not know her name but I knew her work, at least generally, as a law professor volunteering for the ACLU and arguing before the Supreme Court.…

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Richard Levick – The Miracle on Pennsylvania Avenue

“When I look at history, literary and social, I find that I side pretty steadily with history’s eccentrics. I don’t mean all the mad astrologists and mystics […] but simply the mundane eccentrics who have stood on the sidelines with the game in progress, and made frosty remarks instead of cheering.” –Reed Whittemore, former U.S.…

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Richard Levick – The Bucks Stop Here

  Richard Levick, Esq., Chairman & CEO, LEVICK When the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted game five of their NBA series against the Orlando Magic to protest police brutality, they took sports’ biggest stand since Muhammad Ali – during the height of the Vietnam War – lost everything and was stripped of his boxing crown for announcing he…

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Richard Levick on The Devil and Miss Jones

  Richard Levick, Esq., Chairman & CEO, LEVICK For those of you who don’t remember the 1941 fictional business-love story of the same name, it is about the richest man in the world, J.P. Merrick. (Get it? Even the opening credits begin with a tongue-in-cheek reminder that the movie is fictional and asks not once but…

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Richard Levick – Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

  As a young child I always wanted to be taken seriously, especially by my father. What I thought of the ’68 election, the Vietnam War, Watergate…It wasn’t that he and I hadn’t had plenty of good discussions, it was that he had already come to the conversations with opinions largely fully formed. I learned…

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Richard Levick Asks: ‘What’s a Director to Do?’

“Are directors even relevant anymore?” – Fortune 150 Board Member   Today we release the fourth eBook in our series on challenging issues facing companies and institutions, this one on our thoughts about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. We are planning a number of additional broadcasts soon, including a new series we have developed with CommPRO and the Museum of Public…

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