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Ill Literacy, Episode XVIII: Men on Horseback (Guest: David A. Bell)

November 9, 2020

In Episode XVIII of Ill Literacy, Tim Benson talks with David A. Bell about his new book, "Men on Horseback: The Power of Charisma in the Age of Revolution."

Heartland’s Tim Benson is joined by Dr. David A. Bell of Princeton University to discuss his new book, Men on Horseback: The Power of Charisma in the Age of Revolution. They talk about how a new form of political charisma emerged at the end of the Enlightenment, why charisma in leadership is necessary in a democracy, and why that charisma can also be dangerous. They delve into the rule of Washington, Bonaparte, Simón Bolívar, and Toussaint Louverture, and chat about whether you can be a successful leader without charisma.

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Show Notes:

Los Angeles Review of Books: Robert Zaretsky – Charisma: Now You’ve Got It, Now You Don’t

The New Republic: Ian Beacock –  Can Democracy Handle Charisma?

The New York Public Library: Men on Horseback: David A. Bell with Annette Gordon-Reed | LIVE from NYPL (VIDEO)

The Point: Scott Spillman – Charismatic Models

Times Literary Supplement: Sudhir Hazareesingh – Great men, great myths

Washington Examiner: Robert Gerwarth – The original populists

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Tim Benson joined The Heartland Institute in September 2015 as a policy analyst in the Government Relations Department. @HeartlandGR