How can America recover from economic stagnation, moral exhaustion, and looming bankruptcy? American Conservative Union vice chairman Donald J. Devine shows the way. Progressivism has so corrupted the modern political mindset-in both parties-that it has obscured the secret of the Constitution's success: the way it harmonised freedom and tradition. Devine points to the essential paradox that Nobel laureate F. A. Hayek highlighted: "A successful free society will always in large measure be a tradition-bound society." America's Way Back makes a powerful case for a new "fusion" of libertarianism and traditionalism. Just as the fusionism of William F. Buckley Jr. and Frank Meyer led to a conservative revival in the 1960s, a new harmony between freedom and tradition will revive America today.
Donald J. Devine is a senior scholar at the Fund for American Studies and the author of seven other books. A longtime adviser to Ronald Reagan, he served as head of the federal civil service during Reagan s first term, saving $6 billion in taxpayer money and reducing more than 100,000 nondefense bureaucratic slots. For nearly a quarter century he was a professor of government, politics, and Western civilization, teaching at the University of Maryland and Bellevue University. He and his wife, Ann, live in Shady Side, Maryland."