Reason has no sell-by date
Purpose ‐ The purpose of this paper is to respond to Richard Slaughter's essay on "Is America the 'land of the future'?" Design/methodology/approach ‐ The paper draws on a variety of literature and the authors' opinions to present the case in favour of Enlightenment values. Findings ‐ The paper finds that the USA is perhaps the most faithful political expression of the eighteenth century Enlightenment whose values have since been assimilated throughout the world. Enlightenment values are not beyond criticism, but that does not justify uninformed anti-American attitudes. Originality/value ‐ The paper provides a counter-balance to Slaughter's essay by arguing for a reasoned debate on the issues.