Mission and Vision

What do we mean by defending and advancing Western civilization? It’s about ideas. There can be no doubt that American culture is in crisis. Our country was founded upon the principles and traditions of the Judeo-Christian, Greco-Roman heritage. As the elites have jettisoned those ideals in exchange for post-modern moral relativism, globalism, and even Cultural Marxism, we have watched our society crumble exponentially.

Consider these data points

  • 63% of high school seniors are not proficient in reading.
  • 64% of child-bearing Millennials have had one or more out-of-wedlock births.
  • 70% of Millennials would vote for a Socialist candidate.
  • 76% of 18-29 year-olds believe that “right or wrong depends on the situation.”
  • From 2001 to 2017, the national suicide rate has increased by 31%.

There is a sea-change coming as the older generations of Americans pass on to their reward, and a new, very different generation of Americans rises up to fill their shoes.

Why are we named Charlemagne Institute?

In 800 A.D., Charlemagne was crowned Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Historians agree, that moment signaled the end of the Dark Age brought about by the collapse of the Roman Empire and the rise of an enlightened, Judeo-Christian West. Our job today is to illuminate a different path for a new generation of Americans, a path out of a dark age and into a bright future.

Sadly, we fear the potential of something akin to a technologically advanced dark age coming soon to America. The wisdom and principles of the past—time-tested and proven—were purposefully not passed on to most young Americans. Instead, they were taught to reject the idea of objective truths and principles, to reject the past, and to seek endless revolutionary progress in the hope of finding personal, emotional happiness.

It was for these reasons and many more that Charlemagne Institute was created in 2018. Previously, our institution had been Intellectual Takeout, but we saw that the work necessary to counter the coming sea-change needed a broader, more strategic vision. And so, in a unanimous decision, the board of directors voted to rename our 501(c)(3) entity from “Intellectual Takeout” to “Charlemagne Institute”. The highly successful Intellectual Takeout will continue as a program of Charlemagne.

Where do we go from here?

What has seemingly been forgotten in our post-modern times is that civilizations and their governments are defined by their cultures. And at the root of all “culture” is belief. The core beliefs of the West have rested in the Judeo-Christian, Greco-Roman tradition for 2,000 years.

Today, the opponents of the West and America, the cultural Marxists and various agents of political correctness and globalism are purposefully aiming at the foundations of our American Republic, at the Judeo-Christian, Greco-Roman tradition. Sadly, we the American people require more than a reminder of our American roots; we must relearn the ancient wisdom and principles that have been forgotten or purposefully not passed on.

And that is the role of Charlemagne Institute: to defend the ideas of that tradition and use it to advance Western Civilization.