Marc LiVecche

Marc LiVecche is the McDonald Distinguished Scholar of Ethics, War, and Public Life at Providence. He is also a non-resident research fellow at the US Naval War College, in the College of Leadership and Ethics.

Marc completed doctoral studies, earning distinction, at the University of Chicago, where he worked under the supervision of the political theorist and public intellectual Jean Bethke Elshtain, until her death in August, 2013. His first book, The Good Kill: Just War & Moral Injury, was published in 2021 by Oxford University Press. Another project, Responsibility and Restraint: James Turner Johnson and the Just War Tradition, co-edited with Eric Patterson, was published by Stone Tower Press in the fall of 2020. Currently, he is finalizing Moral Horror: A Just War Defense of Hiroshima. Before all this academic stuff, Marc spent twelve years doing a variety of things in Central Europe—ranging from helping build sport and recreational leagues in post-communist communities, to working at a Christian study and research center, to leading seminars on history and ethics onsite at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp in Poland. This latter experience allowed him to continue his undergraduate study of the Shoah; a process which rendered him entirely ill-suited for pacifism.

Marc lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife and children–and a marmota monax whistlepigging under the shed. He can be followed, or stalked, on twitter @mlivecche. Additional publications can be found at his Amazon author page.

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The One Hope of the World

C.S. Lewis & the Just War Character

Fox News Debate
In Thursday’s Fox News Debate, Trump Proved He’s Unfit to Serve as Commander in Chief

In the most recent Fox News Debate, Donald Trump proved himself unfit to lead our nation’s military. He demonstrated that he thinks our airmen, soldiers, sailors and Marines will jump when he snaps his fingers to do the abhorrent — murder women and children.

The Violence of Pacifism

It would seem that pacifism is a call to non-violence. It is not.

Peace Through Strength

In the early 1800s, Thomas Jefferson led a young America to war against Barbary state thugs whose Islamist political ideology led them to believe they had a divine right to dominate the West. The conditions that led America to victory then remain relevant today.

Women at War & the GOP

At the GOP debate on Saturday night, several of the GOP candidates endorsed the integration of women into direct combat units. They should not have.

The Just War as Christian Tradition

A Primer on Foundations: Justice, War, & the Protection of the Innocent

Islamism & Free Speech

The Islamist political agenda cannot be accommodated. They do not want it to be.

Veterans
PTSD & Personal Responsibility

“War subjects some of its participants to more than any person can bear, and it destroys them. War makes others stronger. For most of us, it leaves a complex legacy.”

Adoration of the Child

Gerrit Van Honthorst (c. 1620)