“Your American Yardstick—Twelve Basic American Principles” Reviews

I felt it of worth to pause in the discussion of the Twelve Basic Principles, to share the contents of the book cover. The description gives a concise summary of the book’s contents. But, the most important content lies in the comments by a number of highly respected educators, which provide a proof of the extreme importance of this work.

Concise Description

Written for all Americans for all time (from 12-grade age up), it is a scholarly report—the definition and well-documented discussion—of the basic principles of the indivisible whole of the traditional American philosophy of Individual Liberty-Responsibility, including its economic aspect: Individual Enterprise. It is unique and fills a grave need; there is no other single volume in existence which makes available this important body of knowledge concerning the American heritage.

Free Man in America needs this knowledge—essential to enjoyment of the basic freedom: freedom of choice; because intelligent choice involves knowledge of the available alternatives between which to choose. This knowledge is needed by every Individual in order to be able to perform adequately the duties underlying Individual Liberty-Responsibility—there being no such thing as Liberty apart from Responsibility, or the Right apart from Duty.

This book is the essential home-book as well as school-book in its field. It is invaluable as a resource, or reference, book for a family and general use. Its strictly educational character is attested by its use in various ways in a number of schools and colleges, including in thousands of their libraries.


Dr. C. Perry Patterson (University of Texas, retired):

“Never in my forty years of teaching, researching, and writing [in this field]…has such an important and well done piece of work passed over my desk…There is nothing like it in our political literature or any publication that approaches it in scope, character, organization, and fundamental nature…I regard it as more fundamental and realistic than Alexis de Toqueville’s Democracy in America or James Bryce’s The American Commonwealth. It should be used in the classrooms of American High Schools, Colleges and Universities…and read by every American…”

Dr. Harley L Lutz (Princeton University, retired):

“…timely exposition…reveals prodigious effort…[best use]…in schools and colleges…could contribute much to the revival of that pride in our institutions and heritage…The definition of Equality…should be required reading…emphasis on self-discipline and the absence of coercion…discussion…of taxation is sound and illuminating…section on individual enterprise…especially important…the book is scholarly treatment…”

Dr. James Washington Bell (Northwestern University, retired):

“….carefully prepared and objective treatment…makes clear the spirit and meaning of the product of centuries of human experience…instructive and illuminating…The author obviously has the training and scholarship qualifications to do a successful research job and to write an authoritative work on the subject…the text inspired…should serve best as a text-book for secondary [schools’] courses in civics or beginning courses in government in colleges…Form and organization…sound…the most thorough and accurate analysis, in short compass, of the political, moral and legal principles…”

Dr. Walter E Spahr (New York University, retired):

“…marked by mature and careful scholarship and deserves the widest possible reading…most helpful to younger people…badly needed by the present college generation and by all who wish to understand…the great verities…a helpful and sobering document…outlines the best thought and principles of behavior in this nation when…in accordance with the high-minded philosophy …[of the Founders].”

Dr. Ralph C Hutchison (President Lafayette College 1945-57; also President of Washington & Jefferson College 1931-45):

“…[seeks] to recover for society the basic principles of political thought…a service profoundly needed at this time…courageous definition of principles is scholarly, unique and stimulating…the most remarkable culling-out and collection of the statements of these principles…[by The Founders]…set forth vividly…useful to young people…lay readers…one of the finest, most pertinent, and usable anthologies…clear and unequivocal [statement of principles]…[Part II, Background Discussion]…invaluable reference for young people and laymen, even political historians…[Part IV]…reprinting of the great documents…inspire the intelligent reading of them…in full text, is a little touch of genius…”

Dr. W. R. White (Pres. Emeritus, Baylor University):

“…the most concise, most clear and most comprehensive of its nature I have ever read. It should be made available to every student in the public schools of America…citizens should profit from it tremendously.”

Dr. Frederick A Bradford (Lehigh University; head of Department of Finance, retired):

“…its greatest contribution…to the youth of the country…[the author] eminently qualified to author a volume of the nature of the one under review…[presenting] essential nature of our Republic form of government and the constant necessity of guarding against the loss of its unique and incomparable advantages.”

Dr. Oscar H Ibele [Prof. Political Science, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio):

“I have taught American political theory to my college class for many years. I am firm in my conviction that the author’s position is correct. In fact, I have long sought a resource such as his book, which brings together concepts which are only fragmentary in my notes and in available texts and builds them into a comprehensive picture of the most noble of all political doctrines and systems…will be required reading in my classes in American government and theory…The author has a solid foundation in history and in the sources…uses these resources honestly and with great effectiveness…manifests the highest qualities of dedication to basic morality…builds an impressive case for the view that the United States system of government is uniquely structured to protect liberty.”