Presidents’ Day Post: The Legacy of George Washington

Hello, PPFA readers. It's another Presidents' Day. On past Presidents' Days, I've shared with you my presidential rankings and some presidents' last words. Today, however, I thought I'd write about the president that inspired the holiday in the first place. Tomorrow, February 22, will mark 290 years since George Washington was born. Fortunately for my… Continue reading Presidents’ Day Post: The Legacy of George Washington


Future Top 30 Addition: Elon Musk

In 2021, I wrote a book, a fact which, judging by sales, remains a well-kept secret. It's called "Who Made the West: A Ranking of the 30 Most Influential Figures in Western History." You should buy it. When I'm asked about the book, questions usually come in one of several forms: How are sales?/How many… Continue reading Future Top 30 Addition: Elon Musk

#4. John Locke

“In the world of thought, it was a political philosophy which made rights the foundation of the social order. . . . The first famous exponent of this philosophy was Locke, in whom the dominant conception is the indefeasibility of private rights.” -R. H. Tawney This ranking's "top six" captures the most important individual in each of Western history's six most important eras.… Continue reading #4. John Locke

#13. Charles Martel

“From the hammer of Charles Martel to the sword of Sobieski, Christianity owed its safety in Europe to the fact that it was able to show that it could and would fight as well as the Mohammedan aggressor. . . . The civilization of Europe, America and Australia exists today at all only because of… Continue reading #13. Charles Martel

#20. Henry Ford

“I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be… Continue reading #20. Henry Ford

#21. Charlemagne

“The most famous and greatest of men.” -Einhard, “The Life of Charlemagne” In the fifth century, Western civilization went dark. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, infrastructure crumbled, trade slowed, schools closed, literacy dwindled, aqueducts collapsed, and voracious barbarians feasted on Rome’s cold corpse. What some historians call the “Dark Ages,” comprising about the first… Continue reading #21. Charlemagne

#28. Nicolaus Copernicus

“Of all discoveries and opinions, none may have exerted a greater effect on the human spirit than the doctrine of Copernicus. The world had scarcely become known as round and complete in itself when it was asked to waive the tremendous privilege of being the center of the universe. Never, perhaps, was a greater demand… Continue reading #28. Nicolaus Copernicus