American values and institutions are under stress, from terrorist attacks by opposing worldviews abroad to widespread domestic skepticism that American traditions are more valuable than others. In this book, Donald Devine asks whether these values can survive or be defended in a West that questions all traditions. Devine raises questions that are answered as the chapters develop, keeping readers engaged, while preventing quick dismissals of the concerns held by those not inclined to support the book's thesis_that Western vision and American values are worth questioning or defending. All standard solutions are considered and are brought together in an investigation of Western values that has a traditionalist bend, but still leaves the largest questions open for the reader to contemplate_including whether American values will in fact survive.
Donald J. Devine served as Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management from 1981-1985. He is President of the Donald Devine Company, which provides policy and management consultation to government, nonprofit, and political clients; Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of American Values, Bellevue University, Nebraska; Adjunct Scholar for the Heritage Foundation; and Columnist for The Washington Times. Dr. Devine is also a former Associate Professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Contesting World Traditions Chapter 4 Making Traditional Rational and Scientific Chapter 5 The Western Vision Chapter 6 American Values and Institutions Chapter 7 Early Constitutional Issues Chapter 8 Community, Government, and Individual Responsibility Chapter 9 The Market, Freedom, and Spontaneous Order Chapter 10 Market and Democratic Decay Chapter 11 American Government and Political Equality Chapter 12 Social Justice in America Chapter 13 Business and Work Responsibility Chapter 14 Values, Citizenship, and the Good Society Chapter 15 Epilogue Chapter 16 Index Chapter 17 About the Author