A cursory view of the bases of American democracy and the necessary mechanics in business and government for the efficient practical application of democratic principles. Brother of the famous Senator, Mr. Taft sees the Anglo-Saxon tradition of class cooperation under law for the protection of private property and the leveling power of scientific advancement and especially the inspiration, the moral law of the Judeo-Christian tradition as the foundation stones of our democracy. Stressing the influence of religion and the necessity for continuing leadership from the churches, the difficulties of efficient application of the principles of equality and free discussion within a government and an economy of enormous size and complexity are assayed. Mr. Taft, who practises law in Cincinnati, is also active in city management, community and church affairs as well as lecturing on politics and religion. This short essay done under the sponsorship of the Rice Institute reveals his faith in our cultural heritage of democracy and its further expression through the aid of more correlative courses in our educational institutions and the integrating influence of a more vital active religious faith.