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There But For the Grace of God Go I

    Richard Levick, Esq., Chairman & CEO, LEVICK If you don’t stick to your values when they’re being tested, they’re not values — they’re hobbies.” – Jon Stewart The Corporate Social Compact If we have learned anything over the past six years, and certainly after January 6th and the midterm elections, it is that the Social…

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Thank You For Helping CommPRO.biz Reach its 12-Year Anniversary!

  Twelve years ago, we launched CommPRO.biz as an educational resource for communications professionals. I could have never imagined how far we’ve come. Working with the C-Suite, the contributed content comes from corporate executives, investors, and public relations specialists. Over the years, we expanded into a wide variety of industry sectors, including, marketing, social media,…

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Unbought and Unbossed

Photo from Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Collections, modified for LEVICK blog “I want to be remembered as a woman… who dared to be a catalyst of change.” – Shirley Chisholm The first presidential campaign I remember was 1968 when Vice President Hubert Humphrey ran. He suffered from a very late start—too late to participate…

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“You Cannot Cry All the Time”

  “Why so much grief for me? No man will hurl me down to Death, against my fate. And fate? No one alive has ever escaped it, neither brave man nor coward, I tell you – it’s born with us the day that we are born.” – Homer, The Iliad This is the story of three journeys—two…

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A Star Chamber? Is the 14th Amendment Next?

Photo from supremecourt.gov, modified for LEVICK blog “…it’s not right to say ‘Roe is on the ballot’ in November. The 21st century is on the ballot.” – Jennifer Rubin, Opinion Columnist for The Washington Post “I would honestly be lying if I said I weren’t afraid that it could all go away.” – Jim Obergefell, lead plaintiff in Obergefell v. Hodges,…

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My Old Man

“My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, ‘You’re tearing up the grass.’ ‘We’re not raising grass,’ Dad would reply. ‘We’re raising boys’.” – Harmon Killebrew It is that time of year when the Men’s College World Series is on and also that time…

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Loss & Hope

“Ah death. A change of clothes.” – The Dalai Lama What we remember are the stories. It is what holds us together. Families. Communities. Countries. I am pretty sure Santa was not there at the creche and that George Washington did not fell his father’s cherry tree, but these stories give us a foundation and…

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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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