Freedom is America's most treasured value. In Freedom Reclaimed, John E. Schwarz examines the profound implications of the difference between the vision of American freedom that the Founders enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the free-market idea of freedom that is ascendant today. Schwarz shows how the three-decade shift toward free-market freedom has brought ecomic hardship to the majority of Americans and suffering to the political life of the nation. As the nation moves further away from its impelling original commitment, most Americans w have only limited access to the freedom the Founders envisioned. Schwarz sets forth a program that can help America return to its enbling vision and resume its historic journey. In policy discussions on employment, education, social issues, and health care, Schwarz recasts our understanding of what freedom means and involves. In so doing, he transforms the way we see our world and revitalizes our ability to change it for the better.
John E. Schwarz is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Arizona and distinguished senior fellow, Demos. A former staff member for Senator Birch Bayh of Indiana, he is the author of Illusions of Opportunity: The American Dream in Question; America's Hidden Success; and The Forgotten Americans.