“Good-natured ignorance is a luxury none of us can afford.”
Studies show that the number of people who truly understand the complexity of America’s heritage has grown dangerously small. History shows that when a people forget their past and abandon their principles, they imperil their cultuire.
That’s why The American Cause is a book for our time. In this classic work, the great conservative thinker Russell Kirk explains in simple yet eloquent language the bedrock principles upon which America’s experiment in constitutional self-government is built. Kirk intended “this little book” to be an assertion of the moral and social principles upholding our nation. He offers an engaging primer on those principles—political, economic, and moral—that have united Americans when faced with challenges and threats from the enemies of ordered freedom.
Kirk’s lucid and straightforward presentation of the articles of American belief is as necessary today as ever. Gleaves Whitney’s newly edited version of Kirk’s work, combined with his insightful commentary, makes The American Cause a timely addition to the literature of liberty.