Those who want to fight against ‘CRT’ and ‘wokeness’ are doing a good thing. But it should not be an excuse for going back and whitewashing our history [pun sort of intended]. I admire the efforts of those on the […]
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Hayward on ‘Extremism and Moderation’ in the GOP
The definition of ‘conservative’ or ‘right’ has changed greatly since the days of Goldwater, as Steven Hayward points out as far back as 2014. Steven Hayward was Larry Arnn’s right-hand man at Claremont Institute in the old days. Arnn moved […]
Timothy Snyder on the History Behind the Ukraine War
In his book, The Road to Unfreedom, Timothy Snyder intends to warn us about the threats to ‘freedom’ in America, Europe, and Russia. He reminds us that the war really started on February 24, 2014, not on February 24, 2022! […]
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The Official Blog of Howard Ahmanson Jr.
Howard Ahmanson, Jr.
is a philanthropist and writer whose public activities focus on deepening awareness and fostering better policy regarding issues of affordable housing, land use, and eminent domain as well as life issues, particularly the beginning and ending of human life.
Born in Los Angeles in 1950, Ahmanson, is a graduate of Occidental College and holds a master’s degree in linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington. A trustee of The Ahmanson Foundation, founded by his father in the 1950s, Ahmanson does his granting through the private philanthropy, Fieldstead and Company, founded in 1979. Ahmanson’s granting has focused on relief and development work both in the United States and around the world; religious liberty issues also in the United States and abroad; and cultural issues ranging from the arts to education and politics. In 1986 he married journalist Roberta Green, who works with him on his philanthropic interests and is especially concerned for visual art.
Although Ahmanson himself knows more about music than about visual art, he conceived one of their largest current projects, the Visual Commentary on Scripture. Following the success of another Fieldstead-funded project, the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, Ahmanson, along with King’s College in London, is helping to develop the largest ever online commentary on the Bible using visual art images.
A regular attender at the Congress on New Urbanism, Ahmanson is proud to have sponsored the local government conference series at Chapman University in Orange, California. He blogs here at howardahmansonjr.com.
His personal interests range from map-reading to new urbanism websites, classical and rock music (NOT jazz), and stand-up paddle boarding. Ahmanson travels widely, in recent years to India, Russia, Egypt, Israel, Ethiopia, China, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Eastern and Western Europe. In 2002 the Ahmansons walked 100 kilometers of the Camino de Compostela, the pilgrim route established in the 9th century across northern Spain to Santiago, to become official peregrinos, or pilgrims. Last, but perhaps most important, Ahmanson has driven a hybrid car since 2002.