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You Can’t Fix Stupid

by Shanon Brooks Once upon a time and in a land not so far away, there were a people who willingly made personal economic decisions beyond their income capacity.  They borrowed money from lenders for cars, clothes, vacations, homes far beyond their ability to maintain payments. They borrowed money to pay for all sorts of luxury items without … [Read more...]

Let Us Dare: Writings From John Adams

By Shanon Brooks In late 1765, John Adams began writing an essay entitled, "A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law." He was 30 years old and just beginning to stretch his legal and political wings. His purpose for writing this essay was to contrast the tyranny of feudal and canon law with the glorious struggle for freedom in the … [Read more...]

A Beginner’s Review of the Qur’an, Part 3: The Best Defense

By Shanon Brooks This is part three of a three-part series. Read Part I Here Read Part II Here I asked my good Christian friend and Muslim expert, Mark Siljander, to weigh in on this subject. Here is his reply: “I would humbly suggest your students read A Deadly Misunderstanding. Many of their questions will be answered and much … [Read more...]

A Beginner’s Review of the Qur’an, Part 2: Biblical Terrorism?

by Shanon Brooks This is part two of a three-part series. Read Part I Here The Qu’ran has been translated into over 100 languages. There are more than 20 English translations of the Qu’ran. Admittedly, most of us know little of this religion as there are no more that 1 percent of Americans who claim adherence to this faith. I am … [Read more...]

A Beginner’s Review of the Qur’an, Part 1: Context Matters

By Shanon Brooks A friend gave me the book What Every American Needs to Know About the Qur’an: A History of Islam and the United States by William J. Federer. I think my friend is concerned that I just don’t understand the fullness of the evil of Islam. So I am using this book as the starting point for this topic. There are 1.5 billion … [Read more...]

The American Order

By Shanon Brooks America is in crisis. Some people are immune to the sound of that drum, hearing only a Chicken Little cry of “the sky is falling.” More, however, are beginning to sense that something really is wrong and want to solve our problems. Without fail, in every lecture and class I give, the question always comes up: “OK, … [Read more...]


By Shanon Brooks Recently, someone ask me if I was happy with the changes in Utah State government (6 more Republicans in the House and 1 more in the Senate). “What changes?” I said. “You know, the legislature is more conservative now.” “Really? When did that happen?” I inquired. “I only see a changing of the guard, new … [Read more...]

An Economic Depression, Part 2: The Nuts & Bolts

Read Part 1 Here Many economists agree that banking is the culprit, or rather, the ability to extend or expand credit virtually at will. There are a few key elements that should be considered and really thought through before we go much further: The Hebrew Economy Recurring Business Cycle Savings and Investment Without going into much … [Read more...]

An Economic Depression: A Great Opportunity, Part 1

The headlines are full of talk about bailouts, the recession, a depression, unemployment etc. But what does it all mean? During the Great Depression (1929-1933 -- really until 1941), the prevailing economic philosophy was promoted by John Maynard Keynes. Although conventional economists still promote Keynes ideas as successfully bringing … [Read more...]

Leadership in a Fourth Turning

In 1997, authors William Strauss and Neil Howe unveiled the book of the century, rather for the coming century entitled, The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy –- What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny. The Fourth Turning predicted 9/11. It predicted the real estate bubble, the banking bubble, the … [Read more...]