DONALD J. DEVINE is a Senior Scholar at the Fund for American Studies, an academic, columnist, lecturer, and author of nine previous books. Dr. Devine is the last of the dozen intellectuals once identified as the “leading lights” of the postwar fusionist reevaluation of conservative and libertarian thinking. For a quarter century he was a professor of government at the University of Maryland and Bellevue University. He was a longtime adviser to Ronald Reagan and served as director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management during his first presidential term.
Why does history record prosperity for the mass of ordinary people only within Western civilization and in the context of free markets? Donald Devine’s exploration of the enduring tension between capitalism and the moral order is the best answer to this question since Adam Smith’s.