ON-Lion Letter
The essays in Bradley Prize recipient Thomas Sowell's new book Dismantling America:  And Other Controversial Essays -- covering many individual political, economic, cultural, and legal issues -- have as a recurring, underlying theme the decline of the values and institutions that have sustained and advanced American society for more than two centuries.

This decline has been more than an erosion, according to Sowell, the Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow in Public Policy at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.  It has, in many cases, been a deliberate dismantling of American values and institutions by people convinced that their superior wisdom and virtue must override both the traditions of the country and the will of the people.

Whether the essays in Dismantling America, originally published as syndicated newspaper columns, are individually about financial bailouts, illegal immigrants, gay marriage, national security, or the Duke University rape case, the underlying concern is about what these very different kinds of things say about the general direction of American society.  This larger and longer-lasting question is whether the particular issues discussed reflect a degeneration or dismantling of the America that we once knew and expected to pass on to our children and grandchildren.

There are people determined that this country's values, history, laws, traditions, and role in the world are fundamentally wrong and must be changed.  Such people will not stop dismantling America unless they get stopped -- and the next election may be the last time to stop them, before they take the country beyond the point of no return.

Dismantling America's publisher is Basic Books.  Sowell has been interviewed about the book and its topics by, among others, Peter Robinson on Hoover's online Uncommon Knowledge program and Kathleen Walter on Newsmax.TV.
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