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It Can Happen Here

“A country that tolerates evil means- evil manners, standards of ethics-for a generation, will be so poisoned that it never will have any good end.” ― Sinclair Lewis, It Can’t Happen Here I am a child of “The Great Society,” President Lyndon Johnson’s call to use the country’s post–World War II prosperity to “enrich and elevate our…

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The Handmaid’s Tale

“Unhappy is the land that needs a hero.” – Bertolt Brecht, Life of Galileo We are an over-polled society, a fact which subsequently influences politicians to prefer to follow rather than lead. Yet, how is it possible that up until U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization leaked, only 20% of…

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The Scarlet Letter

“When the founders wrote ‘We The People’ in the preamble, they did not have in mind the majority of America’s citizens.” – Justice Thurgood Marshall, from a 1987 speech Spoiler Alert: I am pro-choice but am also a strong supporter of religious liberty. I appreciate the outcome of Roe but always agreed with the late Justice Ruth Bader…

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Managing Through An Angry Marketplace

  Richard S. Levick, Esq., Chairman & CEO, LEVICK   “Sir, your Grace’s displeasure and my imprisonment are things so strange unto me, as what to write, or what to excuse, I am altogether ignorant…And to speak a truth, never Prince had wife more loyal in all duty, and in all true affection, than you have…

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Win By Any Means Necessary

“More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.” ― Truman Capote What’s enough? When are we satisfied? The brilliance of capitalism is that it keeps us motivated—ever creating, ever expanding. Its fatal flaw is that, for many of us, we are never satisfied. There is always more. Just one more thing to make us…

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The Lusitania Sinks Again

“Is there anything more beautiful in the world than to sit before an open window and enjoy nature, to listen to the birds singing, feel the sun on your cheeks and have a darling boy in your arms?” – Anne Frank, from her diary, April 19, 1944, three months before the family was arrested As…

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Risk Mitigation in the Age of Sanctions

Richard S. Levick, Esq, Chairman and CEO of LEVICK “I cannot fathom why any of these companies are remaining in Russia helping the evil empire. It is indefensible and gravely troubling.” —General David Petraeus We have now, all of us, looked into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s eyes and we are troubled by what we see.…

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Is NY Times v. Sullivan in Jeopardy?

“It is as certain that many opinions, now general, will be rejected by future ages, as it is that many, once general, are rejected by the present.” – John Stuart Mill, “On Liberty” I am not sure of the exact moment when we matriculate from youth to adulthood, but it must be around the time…

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Is China Investable for Western Companies?

“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger—but recognize the opportunity.” – John F. Kennedy I have a special relationship with China, developed over a quarter century of business travel. At one point, my…

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Navigating Risk

  “Gee, I wish we had one of them doomsday machines.” – George C. Scott as Gen. ‘Buck’ Turgidson in Dr. Strangelove I have always been amazed at the confident abandon with which we use words like “due diligence,” as if we can accurately and fully read and understand every risk — past, present and…

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Is This the Moment Ukraine Saves Democracy?

“Russians will ‘see our faces, not our backs.’” – Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy About five years ago while I was preparing for a speech, one of the other speakers approached me, an historian who studied the large, Hegelian dialectics of history—the swings from extremes. Jointly worried about what was then a 10- and now 15-year…

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The Better Angels of Our Nature

  “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the…

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Where Strength Comes From

“Each of us must do the things that matter All of us must see what we can see It was long ago you must remember You were once as young and scared as me I don’t know how hard it is yet mamma When you realize you’re growing old I know how hard is not…

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Don’t Be Evil

“If there is a worse place than hell, I am in it”. … – Abraham Lincoln, after the battle of Fredericksburg, 1862 “In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.” – Anne Frank, writing in her diary weeks before her capture, 1944   In the spring of 1995, WIRED magazine’s Executive Editor…

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The Sound of Silence

“And in the naked light, I saw Ten thousand people, maybe more People talking without speaking People hearing without listening People writing songs that voices never shared And no one dared Disturb the sound of silence” — Paul Simon There was a moment over cocktails recently when I asked, “Do you want to see me…

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Let the More Loving One Be Me

“Looking up at the stars, I know quite well That, for all they care, I can go to hell, But on earth indifference is the least We have to dread from man or beast. How should we like it were stars to burn With a passion for us we could not return? If equal affection…

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The Real People of History

“Lather was thirty years old today. They took away all of his toys. His mother sent newspaper clippings to him, About his old friends who’d stopped being boys.” – Grace Slick There are those moments you never forget as a child, when your innocence is rattled with so much g-force that everything stands still, and you…

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The Land of Enough

“Who is rich? One who is happy with their portion.” – The Mishnah My mother died on Christmas Eve, 1961, when I was four, my sister six and our father recently back from the Korean War, where he had witnessed so much carnage close up – including the time he lost a mate in a…

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Hey, Hey, It’s The Monkees

“Here we come, walkin’ Down the street. We get the funniest looks from Ev’ry one we meet. Hey, hey, we’re the monkees And people say we monkey around. But we’re too busy singing To put anybody down.” – By Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart for The Monkees It’s been years since I cried outright, but…

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