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Jefferson-Madison Debates: Reopening the American Mind

Challenges for the Millennial Generation (and Z) “Miss Amelia prayed as if the Lord were ten million miles away, and she would be surprised to pieces if she got anything she wanted.” —Gene Stratton-Porter, Laddie   THE PROBLEM? Millennials. Or, as they are frequently called by critics, the “Snowflake Generation”. Considered by some the … [Read more...]

Frederic Bastiat, Foreign Affairs, and the Future of Success

Guest Post by Ian Cox “Across the entire innovation chain, from basic research to commercialization, governments have stepped up with needed investment that the private sector has been too scared to provide. This spending has proved transformative, creating entirely new markets and sectors, including the Internet, nanotechnology, biotechnology, … [Read more...]

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Now, for the week of 3/31/15 - 4/7/15, get our award-winning MIC for just $10/month and our exciting new BBF subscription for just $8/month! (promotional rate on BBF only available to subscribers of MIC >>) It must be spring fever!! Get mentoring from Oliver DeMille at a deep discount: For the week of March 31 - April 7, 2015, we're … [Read more...]

The Line Between Good and Evil

Most people today have never heard of the Syntopicon. But when the Great Books of Western Civilization were compiled and published nearly 60 years ago, it was the crowning achievement. Covering nearly 3,000 years of Western thought, the Syntopicon contains over 163,000 references to every idea and topic within the Great Books. Compiling the … [Read more...]

“The Book of the Decade”: Resolved by Orrin Woodward

by Oliver DeMille What if there were an award for “The Book of the Decade”? It would celebrate the most important book of the past ten years, the one that could have made, and still could make, the most positive difference in the world. If there were such an award, I know what my pick would be. Some books deeply matter. They change their … [Read more...]

Don’t Waste Your Failures

I was in a bookstore one day browsing through the section on historical fiction.  I am a sucker for a well-written novel set in a real historical time and involving characters from our past. Thumbing through the familiar names of Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden, and Jeff Shaara, I was surprised to come across a couple of books in this genre by … [Read more...]

The Trout Fisherman in Hell: Lessons in Opposition

A fisherman dies and believes he has gone to trout-fishing heaven as he catches one perfect two-pound trout after another. As he sets his fly and hooks into yet one more, he can’t fathom his good fortune. The sky is blue, the weather ideal, the fish biting like he’s never before experienced, and everything is absolutely perfect. It is not … [Read more...]

Freeing the Prisoner in My Skull-Sized Kingdom

It had to have been a conspiracy. It was as if every force in the universe was aligned against us. Everything that could go wrong was going wrong. But not in the way I first thought. The ordeal started while enjoying a family tradition of taking the kids to our favorite restaurant each week. The restaurant was unusually busy that evening, … [Read more...]

How to Overcome a Lack of Natural Talent

Some people begin the journey to success in a particular endeavor endowed with obvious natural talent. Others, however (and most, as it turns out), are not so gifted. This second group has to work harder to do what the first group was able to do naturally. Over time, however, the differences between starting points fade … [Read more...]

The Canyon

“There is no way Mom! Mowing lawns is the only way I can earn money. It will be next spring before I can earn enough money!” He wailed. He moaned. He cried. He was nine. What could I say? I could see so many options. He needed to think bigger, longer term. He was so much closer than he realized. Mowing lawns is not the only way to earn … [Read more...]