good friend, Ron Robinson, is the co-author of a book that came out
last year, Funding Fathers (Regnery Publishing). Nicole Hoplin
co-authored this book with Ron and together they did a great job.
been in my stack of “to read” books for quite some time. Honestly, I
had been putting off reading Funding Fathers because I was afraid that
it would be less than interesting, a tome solely dedicated to promoting
Young America’s Foundation (the organization of which Ron serves as
President). It’s not that I thought Ron and Nicole couldn’t write well,
it was my fear that the topic would be boring and the narrative more
text book like. To my great delight none of my fears were justified.
Fathers is a very well written book that keeps you turning the pages to
learn more about the interesting people and fascinating backgrounds of
those who were instrumental in providing the funds to ensure the
intellectual underpinnings of the conservative movement as well as the
talent to succeed politically.
Funding Fathers is a great read.
Ron gives the lion’s share of the credit for developing the
personalities and the background of the individuals covered to Nicole.
But regardless of who contributed what to this book, it is really worth
reading, especially if you are a conservative, and all the more so if
you are also a donor to conservative causes.
If you haven’t heard
of William Volker of Kansas City, Missouri, you will be surprised (as I
was) by his powerful, positive impact on providing the funds and the
inspiration for such groups as the Mount Pelerin Society. You’ll learn
about his high personal standards, his compassion, his character, and
his commitment to freedom. I think you’ll also be intrigued, as I was,
by his business acumen, his far sightedness, and his willingness to take
risks as a philanthropist. He touched the lives of so many people you
have heard of: Friedrich Hayek, Leonard Reed, Milton Friedman, Henry
Hazlitt, and even Ronald Reagan. His scholarships and funding at
critical points literally helped to make the modern conservative
movement in America, and around the globe, a reality.
In the book
you’ll learn about the late Henry Regnery, the Founder of Regnery
Publishing, and how William Volker played a role in his development as a
conservative leader and a businessman. In fact, you’ll also learn
about Regnery’s extensive philanthropic activities.
Regnery are just the tip of a lovely iceberg when it comes to learning
about the good hearted, patriotic, clear thinking men and women who
played essential roles in providing the necessary funds to get the
conservative movement off the ground.
worth taking the time to read about the amazing financial and personal
contributions of conservative founders such as Bill Buckley, Jr., Dean
Manion, Ronald Reagan’s Kitchen Cabinet, Antony Fisher, Spike Hennessy,
Joe Coors, Sr. and John Engalitcheff. The stories of their lives will
amaze you, and their commitment to freedom along with their love of
America will inspire you.