The Foundations of Enterprise and Freedom

Ideas move men and nations. Sound ideas foster a prosperous, free and morally responsible society; flawed ideas corrode it.

Americans have enjoyed unparalleled liberty and prosperity under a Constitution of unprecedented longevity. Such an experience is historically rare. What made it possible? I propose that it was the distinctive American conjunction of civil liberty and moral responsibility. By connecting governmental protection of freedom with cultural protection of morality, Americans have enjoyed their freedoms with an Read more

“In God We Trust” – More than a Knick-Knack

“In God We Trust” on our coins and bills. “One nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Ten Commandments posted on schoolroom walls, in courthouses, and in the U.S. Supreme Court building. Prayers by student leaders at high school graduations and football games.  The “Mount Soledad Cross” erected on public land above San Diego.

These symbolic affirmations of faith—and others like them—involve big public controversies. Read more