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About Us

Our Mission

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The Charlemagne Institute is a 501(c)(3), non-profit educational institution.


Rooted in the Judeo-Christian, Greco-Roman tradition, we work to defend and advance Western Civilization. 


Our aim at The Charlemagne Institute is to become a leader of a counter-cultural, educational movement that will retake the heights of influence in America. We are committed to the "long-march" through the institutions that is required if America is to restore her national character, rooted in the principles and traditions of the West.


If this effort excites you, please consider signing up for our e-mails, subscribing to Chronicles magazine,  and supporting us through tax-deductible investments.



Our Work

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The Charlemagne Institute's outputs and reach often exceed those of other institutions with significantly larger budgets.


Our programs include Chronicles magazine, the popular website and social media network Intellectual Takeout, the Alcuin Internship, monthly events, and the production of podcasts and videos. 


Additionally, our staff are frequent guests on various podcasts and radio stations, regularly present to civic organizations and other groups, and have their articles published through a wide variety of print and digital media outlets.


At times, we even help advise other organizations on how best to navigate the cultural upheaval America is currently experiencing.

Our Reach

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The aggregate output of The Charlemagne Institute and its projects is already incredible. 

 

Each year, through Intellectual Takeout we publish 2,000+ articles, have over 9 million unique readers, and see 150 million views of content through social media. Additionally, our articles are republished in many print and digital media outlets as well as major websites internationally.


Chronicles, a magazine of American culture, is published monthly and features some of the finest writing in the English-speaking world on a wide variety of topics impacting culture and the future of America and Western Civilization. Its nearly 10,000 subscribers include leaders within business, academia, government, politics, and entertainment.

What We Do

Chronicles Magazine

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For over four decades,
Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture has promoted and defended the principles and traditions of Western Civilization. 


A magazine without peer, Chronicles aims to influence the influential. Nearly a third of its readers hold advanced degrees and include novelists, filmmakers, university professors, teachers, homeschooling mothers, captains of industry, government researchers, journalists, bishops, priests, and politicians.

Intellectual Takeout

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Intellectual Takeout (ITO) is a website and social media network popular with Millennials and younger Americans. Its mission is to challenge the intellectual and secular orthodoxies of today.


The program covers a wide variety of topics from metaphysics to daily life, culture, and politics. 


Each year, we publish over 2,000 articles which are viewed by over 9 million readers. Via social media, ITO's content is viewed roughly 150 million times a year. 

Events

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Each year, The Charlemagne Institute hosts thought-leaders from around the country to discuss the problems facing American culture and what can be done. Recent guests include Robert P. George, Charles Murray, and Christina Hoff Sommers.


Each month, we also host seminars on a variety of topics, from the principles of the American Founding to selecting the right college. All of our events are recorded and we are working to make them available to the public as videos and podcasts. 



Defending and Advancing Western Civilization

Why The Charlemagne Institute Exists

There can be no doubt that American culture is in crisis. Our country was founded upon the principles and traditions of the Judeo-Christian, Greco-Roman heritage. As the elites have jettisoned those ideals in exchange for post-modern moral relativism, globalism, and even Cultural Marxism, we have watched our society crumble exponentially. 


Consider these data points: 


• 63% of high school seniors are not proficient in reading

• 64% of child-bearing Millennials have had one or more out-of-wedlock births

• 44% of Millennials prefer to live in a Socialist country

• 76% of 18-29 year-olds believe that “right or wrong depends on the situation”


There is a sea-change coming as the older generations of Americans pass on to their reward, and a new, very different generation of Americans rises up to fill their shoes. 


Sadly, we fear the potential of something akin to a technologically advanced dark age coming soon to America. The wisdom and principles of the past — time-tested and proven —  were purposefully not passed on to most young Americans. Instead, they were taught to reject the idea of objective truths and principles, to reject the past, and to seek endless revolutionary progress in the hope of finding personal, emotional happiness.

 

It was for these reasons and many more that The Charlemagne Institute was created in 2018. Previously, our institution had been Intellectual Takeout, but we saw that the work necessary to counter the coming sea-change needed a broader, more strategic vision. And so, in a unanimous decision, the board of directors voted to rename our 501(c)(3) entity from “Intellectual Takeout” to “The Charlemagne Institute”. The highly successful Intellectual Takeout will continue as a program of Charlemagne. 


What has seemingly been forgotten in our post-modern times is that civilizations and their governments are defined by their cultures. And at the root of all “culture” is belief. The core beliefs of the West have rested in the Judeo-Christian, Greco-Roman tradition for 2,000 years. 


Today, the opponents of the West and America, the cultural Marxists and various agents of political correctness and globalism are purposefully aiming at the foundations of our American Republic, at the Judeo-Christian, Greco-Roman tradition. Sadly, we the American people require more than a reminder of our American roots; we must relearn the ancient wisdom and principles that have been forgotten or purposefully not passed on.


And that is the role of The Charlemagne Institute: to defend the ideas of that tradition and use it to advance Western Civilization. 


In 800 A.D., Charlemagne was crowned Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Historians agree, that moment signaled the end of the Dark Age brought about by the collapse of the Roman Empire and the rise of an enlightened, Judeo-Christian West. 


Our job today is to illuminate a different path for a new generation of Americans, a path out of a dark age and into a bright future.

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