Freedom’s Truth: Reality and Responsibility
Liberty and the American Idea is a writing project that includes this blog, a forthcoming book, and the development of additional resources going forward. In addition to the main site, the blog also appears on Facebook and can be followed on Twitter.
The project explores the meaning of freedom and responsibility in the context of American history and culture, and addresses the immense challenges confronting the American people. It is a response to the unfolding deterioration of social and economic conditions in the United States, to the growing antipathy, divisiveness, and loss of civility among Americans, and to the loss of integrity and self-reliance in the American character.
Without political posturing or polemic, the book offers a pragmatic approach to healing and reconstruction that transcends partisan divisions and proposes a path forward to inspire and engage every citizen.
After briefly outlining the complexity of the challenges before us, an approach is presented that encourages us to examine the attitudes, perceptions, and relationships that will be critical to rebuilding the foundations for a future we can respect and believe in. We are encouraged to rise above our differences to put principle into practice in our local communities.
With insights into how personal freedom and empowerment can be realized despite the obstacles we face, and how our ability to live and work with our neighbors depends on our own self-confidence and discipline, it proposes basic requirements for a return to stability and offers a practical vision for an honorable prosperity.
Until the book is published, most blog posts will be excerpted from chapters of the manuscript that remain in draft. Several full chapters are also made available in draft, as well as an Introduction to the book and a tentative Table of Contents. Thoughtful responses from readers, and dialog among readers, will be welcomed and greatly appreciated. Rules of engagement are posted on the homepage.