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 The 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 The 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 “The Charlemagne Institute”. The highly successful Intellectual Takeout will continue as a program of Charlemagne.