Brian Harper is an interim research associate with the Council on Foreign Relations and alumnus of Fordham University's Graduate Program in International Political Economy and Development. A Marquette University graduate, he previously worked in communications with the Midwest Jesuits and served as a Jesuit Volunteer in Peru. His writing has been featured in America, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Counterpunch, Mic and various other publications. You can read his work and listen to his music at

He writes for NCR's Young Voices blog.

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The unappreciated spiritual legacy of Gerald Ford

Young Voices: Whenever there is a poll ranking U.S. presidents, there is one head of state I always look out for, wondering if his service might get a generous reappraisal. I continue to wait in vain. 


Evangelizing by example

Young Voices: Any of us who practice religion have more personal figures who help make the sacred captivating. In my life, my late grandfather was such an individual.


Don't fall for it: Call out corruption no matter whose

Young Voices: Corruption is insidious because of the ways power seduces its beneficiaries into profiteering from their status. But it's also dangerous in the way it uses tribalism to tempt the rest of us into selectively looking the other way.


Tired of the news? Acknowledge that action begets reaction

Young Voices: Over the past few months, several friends have shared that they are feeling something bordering on political burnout. From a certain perspective, I appreciate the weariness. It would be a mistake, though, to tune out entirely.