Values are missing from American politics. But should religion and government mix? A. James Reichley makes the provocative case that without a strong moral basis, American democracy is in trouble. The author's deep background in political theory and American Constitutional history allows him to propose practical steps for a constitutionally valid relationship between religion and public life. He surveys the seven major value systems currently competing for America's heart and soul and convincingly demonstrates that only one-what Reichley calls 'transcendent idealism'-is the way to secure America's future. He then goes an extra step by pointing out examples of successful, morally-based public policies addressing critical social problems ranging from drug abuse to single parenthood to school choice. What's God got to do with good government? In The Values Connection, the answer is everything.
A. James Reichley is senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University.
Chapter 1 Moral Foundations of a Free Society Chapter 2 Egoism: Whatever Turns You On Chapter 3 Collectivism: The Myth of the Hive Chapter 4 Monism: The Indescribable Oneness of Being Chapter 5 Absolutism: Nothing but the Truth Chapter 6 Ecstasism: "Chariots of Fire" Chapter 7 Civil Humanism: Virtue in the Mind of the Beholder Chapter 8 The Crisis of Modernity Chapter 9 Transcendent Idealism: Roots Chapter 10 The Great Tradition Chapter 11 The American Founders, Locke, and the First Amendment Chapter 12 The Values Connection