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Sir Roger Scruton on how loyalty shapes our culture


Sir Roger Scruton on how loyalty shapes our culture

In our latest Road to Character lecture, celebrated philosopher and author Sir Roger Scruton examined how loyalty continues to shape our culture and is paramount to flourishing societies.

Sir Roger said that loyalty is a fundamental virtue on which we all depend for survival because it ties families, communities and nations together. In defining, loyalty Sir Roger distinguished between personal loyalty, which is a vow such a marriage vow or families ties and national loyalty, which is a contractual commitment. The motivation for loyalty may be practical where the commitment is rational and deliberate or sentimental where the commitment may remain despite a cost or disadvantage. Above all, loyalty is a commitment to one's duty which may include family, friendship, career, religion or country.

In order to uphold to the personal and national loyalties which our country will always depend, Sir Roger said we must embrace virtues such as courage, collaboration, wisdom, commitment and honesty. Previous contributors to our Road to Character lecture series have spoken about these virtues, all of which are crucial to flourishing individuals, families and societies.

Watch Sir Roger's lecture here.

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Dambisa Moyo - we need courage if we are to succeed in making democracies more effective and accountable

Monday, 30 April 2018

In our latest Road to Character lecture, world-renowned economist and best-selling author Dr Dambisa Moyo examined the future of democratic governance, and how we can address the evolving political, social and economic challenges facing the world.

Dr Moyo, who was named by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, has twice topped the New York Times bestseller list with Dead Aid and Winner Take All. Through the lens of her latest book, Edge of Chaos, she set out recommendations for improving the effectiveness of advanced democracies, so that they can deliver better, more sustainable and more inclusive outcomes in the future for their citizens. These are key themes of our own Effective Government and Populism and Political Change programmes, which seek to explain recent political shifts across the western world.

Helena Morrissey explains how men and women can work together to create a more prosperous and equal world

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

In the latest instalment of our Road to Character series, Dame Helena Morrissey argued that achieving real collaboration between men and women is not just wishful thinking.

Watch the lecture here.

Official launch of The Quest for Prosperity: Shaping Australia's Future

Thursday, 18 January 2018

The Legatum Institute and The Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand launched the latest paper from the Prosperity Index, The Quest for Prosperity: Shaping Australia’s Future.

The Hon Alexander Downer AC, Australia's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, and Dr Stephen Brien, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute discussed the findings of the paper, which looks at the make-up of Australian prosperity and what Australia needs to do in order to ensure it continues delivering high living standards for all Australians.

Read the paper here.