A Free People's Suicide: Sustainable Freedom and the American Future

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InterVarsity Press, Jul 10, 2012 - Religion - 224 pages
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"If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." Abraham Lincoln Nothing is more daring in the American experiment than the founders' belief that the American republic could remain free forever. But how was this to be done, and are Americans doing it today? It is not enough for freedom to be won. It must also be sustained. Cultural observer Os Guinness argues that the American experiment in freedom is at risk. Summoning historical evidence on how democracies evolve, Guinness shows that contemporary views of freedom--most typically, a negative freedom from constraint-- are unsustainable because they undermine the conditions necessary for freedom to thrive. He calls us to reconsider the audacity of sustainable freedom and what it would take to restore it. "In the end," Guinness writes, "the ultimate threat to the American republic will be Americans. The problem is not wolves at the door but termites in the floor." The future of the republic depends on whether Americans will rise to the challenge of living up to America's unfulfilled potential for freedom, both for itself and for the world.

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Os Guinness strikes a balanced approach.

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This book is a must keep. Guinness realizes that the role of virtue is a necesary quality in public officials and its citizens; otherwise, the American experiment will inevitably collapse. This is not ... Read full review

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This was a difficult book for me to get into and read. The author presents a problem for all of us. We claim to be free but only consider and work for freedom from constraints. We do not work at or ... Read full review


What Kind of People Do You Think You Are?
Always Free Free Always
Using History to Defy History
The Golden Triangle of Freedom
The Completest Revolution of All
An Empire Worthy of Free People
The Eagle and the Sun
Grateful Acknowledgments
Name Index
Subject Index

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Os Guinness (D.Phil., Oxford) is the author or editor of more than twenty-five books, including The American Hour, Time for Truth and The Case for Civility. A frequent speaker and prominent social critic, he was the founder of the Trinity Forum and has been a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution as well as a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies. Born in China and educated in England, he now lives near Washington, D.C.

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