Our Virtuous Republic

The Forgotten Clause in the American Social Contract

Richard D. Baris

Copyright © 2012 Richard D. Baris

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The efforts made in working on this book would never have made it onto paper if it weren’t for the support of my father, uncle, my mother-in-law, and most of all – my wife. There is a certain solace that one seeks out in times of doubt and despair, which can only be found within the strength of their family. The unconditional love and support they offered to me in one such time reminded me of something I had long forgotten. The virtuous obligation of one to their family, community, the desire of a son to instill pride in their parents, and the duty of a man to be deserving of their wife’s love; these are the strongest of human motivations, and the only source of honest success. In addition to my children, this book is for all of you. I hope you all consider it a validation and manifestation of your wisdom…for believing in me. I love you all.

- Rich

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