Where Have All the Leaders Gone?
September 16, 2012 3 Comments
So asks Charles Coulombe:
… When I was a boy, the world was filled with leaders—reigning or recently retired—who epitomized their countries. De Gaulle, Churchill, Adenauer, De Gasperi, Chiang Kai-shek, Franco, Salazar, De Valera, Pinochet, Sato, Perón, Menzies, Diefenbaker, and even the UN’s Hammarskjöld. Whether in office through the ballot box or a coup, these lads guided their lands through perilous times. In my time, the closest we came on a national level was Ronald Reagan, a giant among the pygmies of late-20th-century presidents. All these leaders were able and memorable.
There are several reasons why neither ballot boxes nor military coups create such folk today…
Do take the time to read the whole piece here.