William E. Simon Lecture Archives - Ethics & Public Policy Center

Democracy and Its Discontents

Sorting out this season of democratic disorientation and charting the path of democratic renewal requires a sober assessment of democracy’s present discontents and a refresher course in some basic truths about the nature of the democratic project and the conditions necessary for its flourishing.

A New Awakening

Since election day, Americans of all political persuasions have been asking themselves two questions about 2016: What happened? And now what?

2015 Simon Lecture: Lessons in Statecraft

In the 14th annual William E. Simon Lecture, EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel analyzes seven lessons that John Paul’s “worldly” accomplishments teach twenty-first century statesmen, and suggests a few things the first Polish pope has to teach the rest of us.