GOD has often used Robert Bartley's writing to get His points into focus for us at CCCInc.
Bartley was obviously an instrument of the Almighty for His purposes, though Bartley did not have a relationship, as such, as the disciples after Pentecost.
Writing about his recent death from cancer at 66, Amity Shlaes clearly saw that "he had an intuitive understanding" of many subjects about which he wrote over the years. One particularly strong foresight was Bartley's embrace of the simple economics espoused by Ronald Reagan, which radically changed America for good.
The church-going Bartley viewed everything from a moral perspective, economics, social issues and especially the character flaws of Bill Clinton.
From Alexander Hamilton thru Amity Shlaes, we read the same truth, Freedom without Moral Restraint Leads to Anarchy.
Also Amity writes of Bartley "sometimes even free-market countries had to spend money and fight wars" even in Iraq "to preserve free markets" and democracy.
Read "Morality's place in the market economy" by Amity Shlaes
Chicago Tribune - Tuesday, December 30, 2003
Also refer to "Robert Bartley" by Brent Staples
The New York Times - Tuesday, December 16, 2003, wherein
Mr. Staples describes two different Bartleys at work and at play, proving GOD's silent Hand.
GOD gave Bartley 12 months to seek Him,
a true personal relationship, but he failed and died,
as a witness to His ongoing purging-refining work in WSJ.