The Revolution of Sober Expectations. Distinguished Lecture Series on the Bicentennial. Washington, D.C.: American Enterprise Institute for Policy Research, 1974. Also included in America's Continuing Revolution. Washington: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1975. 25-41.
Prepared as part of the American Enterprise Institute’s series of distinguished lectures on the Bicentennial of the Declaration of Independence, this lecture was delivered at Independence Hall in Philadelphia in 1973. Essential to the success of the American Revolution, Diamond suggests here, was the founders’ sober understanding of democracy’s prospects and problems, undergirded by a broader commitment to a moderate, decent regime of equal rights, as reflected in the Declaration of Independence.