Charleston, and the book Return to Order, seem to fit together naturally. South Carolina’s premier city represents a traditional order of things that attracts people. Its splendid townhouses and restored downtown are proof that this order is not a relic of long ago but a dynamic force linked with its past that definitely has a future.
However, while Charleston has its traditional side, it is a modern American city that suffers from a hostile culture. Thus, Charlestonians can also identify with a need for a return to those fundamental principles that sustain their traditional order.
Such was the backdrop of a short book tour by TFP author John Horvat II as he visited the city and presented his book, Return to Order: From A Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society – Where We’ve Been, How We Got Here and Where We Need to Go.
Nearly 75 people gathered at the downtown Harbour Club for the Catholic Business Breakfast on October 2. The event was honored by the presence of the city’s Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone who led the opening prayers. The popular meeting was well organized by Mr. & Mrs. Robert Bascom and publicized by the local Catholic Radio Station WLTQ.
Mr. Horvat spoke on the need for Catholics not only to oppose the culture of death but also to envision the type of society and economy that Americans need for the future. He then outlined the basic Catholic principles for such a society and steps that should be taken to hasten a return to order. The talk was followed by a book signing and discussion.
The short trip was the occasion for other “Return to Order” events. Mr. Horvat was the guest on the Kelly Golden Show where he spoke on the frenetic intemperance of modern economy evidenced by an ever-earlier Christmas shopping push by retailers. The host took advantage of the occasion to invite the public to a second speaking event.
This next book signing took place on October 3 at The Azalea Room in nearby Summerville just north of Charleston. The gathering marked the end of a short book tour filled with Southern hospitality.