Why America Works

Our friend “Unknowable” sent us this: Harvard business professor Clay Christensen on the role of religious freedom in American democracy. It’s not a democracy, but for the time being we can give him a pass on that.

Why is America free? Simple. Because most people voluntarily choose to obey the law. Why do they choose to obey the law? Because that’s what they’ve been taught is good and right, as Christians and Jews. Take away their religion and they won’t believe that anymore, they won’t obey the law unless you make them.

And you can’t hire enough policemen for that.

6 comments on “Why America Works

  1. Excellent post, and true. I wish everyone who still has a functioning brain could read and understand this.

  2. The America of my childhood was far different from the America of today. From the time I was old enough to ride a bicycle, I traveled freely in a town of 50,000 people and the ONLY safety concern was related being careful with regard to traffic. I could go downtown to the hobby shop by myself, leave my bike on the sidewalk and never worry about anything untoward happening.

    From the perspective of our day, such a thing would be hard to imagine, but that was the world i was born to. Leave It To Beaver was not as much as fantasy as many people would imagine, these days, I grew up in a similar world.

    Why? The Clay Christensen video explains it as well as anything I can think of. The world of my youth had cursing, drunkenness and even crime, but the vast majority of the people were at least trying to be decent. If you didn’t act decently, it was considered shameful, and there was nothing wrong with that.

    Shame itself is not bad. When I was a child, I once took something that didn’t belong to me. I was ashamed of myself, because I was wrong in my actions. Now, some on the Left would gather themselves into moral outrage over anyone experiencing shame, but I would disagree. The incident I mention was nearly 60 years ago, but remembering the shame I felt at that time has served as a reminder of the necessity of honesty.

    As I said, in my pleasant childhood home town, we had people that were not always perfect, but I can’t think of anyone I ever met whom would harm a child. There was, at the very least, a baseline of decency which would prevent people from crossing certain lines. I couldn’t have imagined an adult attempting to entice a child to drink alcohol, use drugs, smoke cigarettes and certainly, no adult I ever met in those days would try to involve a child in sexual activity, of any sort. I’m not saying it never happened, but such a thing would have been very rare.

    1. So much better. The world I grew up in was better in so many ways. It was not the racist hellhole the revisionists would have us believe.

  3. All we have to do is compare America in 2020 to America in 1950. There was less crime, less drug use, less violence. People didn’t generally go around rioting and protesting everything under the sun. It wasn’t perfect, there was still segregation and such. But even black families were much better off than they are today. The difference is Christianity held a much greater sway over the culture in the 1950s than it does today. If I had to say what were the things that made us great it was faith, family, freedom, and free markets.

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