Virtue and the free society

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American business executive Jeb Bush has proposed some old-fashioned remedies for the moral dilemmas of our age. He is chairman of a nonprofit organization, Foundation for Florida's Future, and was speaking in Oklahoma City at one of Hillsdale College's seminars, "Educating for Virtue: The New Values Revolution." Here are excerpts from his speech:

Only a virtuous people can secure and maintain their freedom. . . . Virtue is indeed the oxygen of a free society. As it fills our lungs, we become a people of strength capable of vigorously exercising the kind of self-governance that our Founding Fathers expected of us. Without virtue, however, there can be no self-governance. We become strangled and weak, incapable of handling our own day-to-day affairs. . . .

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