ÂThe solution for the modern GOP . . . This book provides plenty of intellectual ammunition for the modern conservative movement.â ÂSENATOR RAND PAUL
How can America recover from economic stagnation, moral exhaustion, and looming bankruptcy? Donald J. Devine shows the way.
Devine, a longtime adviser to Ronald Reagan, lays out a powerful case for the philosophical synthesis of freedom and tradition that Reagan said was the essence of modern conservatism. The secret of Americaâs success, he shows, has been the Constitutionâs capacity to harmonize the twin ideals of freedom and tradition. But today, progressivism has so corrupted modern political thinkingÂin both partiesÂthat leaders keep calling for the same failed tactics: more money poured into more big-government programs.
In Americaâs Way Back, Devine not only reveals where things went wrong, and why, but also points the way to reclaiming Americaâs freedom, prosperity, and creativity. The solution lies in a new Âfusionâ of traditional and libertarian thought.
Devine debunks the common view that marrying the two is nothing more than political calculation. He shows that without a deep philosophical commitment to harmonizing freedom and tradition, neither of these ideals can long survive.
In making the case for twenty-first-century fusionism, Americaâs Way Back updates the insights of Frank Meyer, the theorist Reagan specifically credited with Âfashioning a vigorous synthesis of traditional and libertarian thought.Â Devine shows that, just as the fusionism of Meyer and William F. Buckley Jr. led to the conservative revival in the 1960s, a new harmony between freedom and tradition will revive America today.
ÂPrepare for enlightenment.Â .Â .Â . The [story] that Mr. Devine narrates aptly, informatively, is engaging as a summons to look around, look back, ask the vital question: Are conservatives doing the very, very best they can?â ÂWashington Times
ÂIntellectual yet highly readable . . . Devine has plenty of such instructive analysis and anecdotes to bolster his points. . . . You will learn about concepts your university should have introduced to you, only now via Devineâs graceful writing, incisive analysis, instructive anecdotes, and a plan to restore Americaâs greatness.â ÂHuman Events
ÂThe timing is right for [Devineâs] new book Americaâs Way Back. It lays out the course for a conservative intellectual renewal, to renew the nation by renewing her best traditions. . . . Reagan had a heckuva lieutenant in Don Devine. It is good to see him now mentoring the next generation of conservative leaders.â ÂL. Brent Bozell III, syndicated columnist, president of the Media Research Center
ÂA tour-de-force critique . . . We need to listen to people like Devine who are calling us back to a simpler, less complicated system of governance that allows decisions to be made at the local and state levels. If we donât listen, if we just doggedly insist that the solution is to re-order, reform and re-imagine our failed programs, then weâll end up going the way of the Titanic.â ÂFloyd Brown, Capitol Hill Daily
ÂA brilliant analysis of the major factors that have contributed to our nationâs decline. A very timely effort on perhaps the most critical issue of our time.â ÂGeorge W. Carey, professor of government, Georgetown University
ÂA marvelous book. Read Americaâs Way Back if you fear ignorance and celebrate righteous, moral, intellectual knowledge.â ÂCraig Shirley, author of Rendezvous with Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign That Changed America
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