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May 22, 2015

Can We Socialize Courage?

As Salman Rushdie said in a recent New York Times commentary, "We find it easier, in these confused times, to admire physical bravery than moral courage." Indeed, the growing failure of American leaders -- political, nonprofit, academic, philanthropic, journalistic and corporate -- to display more than an iota of moral and political courage is leading many of us to question whether this country is capable of generating a new crop of young leaders with the ethics, strength, and determination to solve our most urgent national and societal problems. Gone are the times when politicians were willing to take risks, vote their conscience and exhibit a degree of moral courage.

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