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Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming is president of the Fleming Foundation. He is the author of six books, including The Morality of Everyday Life and The Politics of Human Nature, as well as many articles and columns for newspapers, magazines,and learned journals. He holds a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Greek from the College of Charleston. He served as editor of Chronicles: a Magazine of American Culture from 1984 to 2015 and president of The Rockford Institute from 1997-2014. In a previous life he taught classics at several colleges and served as a school headmaster in South Carolina

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  1. Dan Hayes says:


    Accolades for the podcast which succinctly overviews the current status of religion and the RCC in France .

    Yes, Napoleon was a low-life. But I believe that he once stated that his Confirmation was the greatest day in his life!

    Happy Easter to you, your family and all Fleming Foundation denizens.

  2. Avatar photo Thomas Fleming says:

    Dan, thanks for the good wishes. I hope to get to NYC some time–and you should come to the Summer School. Napoleon was a strange man, as petty as he was great. Pius VII seemed to have taken his measure. The initial British reaction–at least among sensible people–was horror. What a monster he was. It appears to have been Walter Scott who redressed the balance somewhat. Not that Scott–who had married a refugee from the Revolution–had any use for the Revolution or the man who had, by disciplining its fervours saved it, but as a writer of genius, he understood that Napoleon was a complex piece of work–like Julius Caesar, Pericles, Constantine, Justinian, William the Bastard, and Louis XIV. One might throw in Mussolini, Churchill, and even Hitler. It is easy to hate all of them–if one understands their character and accomplishments–but it is better to make an effort to understand.

  3. Robert Reavis says:

    Very honest questions and answers for what remains of our res publica in America. Rex is an excellent contrast and news companion for the professor. It always makes for enjoyable and informative news mixed in realistic proportions. Keep up the good work.