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America’s Great Degeneration – Oliver DeMille

Speaking of how the government runs its finances today, historian Niall Ferguson wrote: "The present system is, to put it bluntly, fraudulent. There are no regular published and official balance sheets. Huge liabilities are simply hidden from view. Not even the current income and expenditure statements can be relied upon. No legitimate business … [Read more...]

Are You Really an American? – Oliver DeMille

The more I watch the news, the more I wish we had more farmers in modern America. I grew up in a small town, and when I was a boy there were lots of farmers still left in the county. The town was small enough that I knew, at least by face and name, pretty much every man and woman -- and I noticed something different about farmers. They didn't … [Read more...]

The Legacy of 2013? -Oliver DeMille

The year 2013 is over, and it may go down in history as another drastically negative year like 1913. The hundred year itch? Maybe. The year started out with high political drama as Republicans and Democrats argued late into the nights on January 1 and 2 in search of a fiscal cliff agreement. In May and June we watched a domino series of … [Read more...]

Overcoming Obamacare by Oliver DeMille

Do we have an answer yet? Not quite. But we're making progress. A few months ago I suggested that many companies were going to lay off a lot of employees when Obamacare went into effect -- starting in October 2013 and increasing for the next eighteen months. Then I asked for input from readers: How can business owners overcome the … [Read more...]

What’s Really Happening to Our Nation? -Oliver DeMille

It happened on the same day. Two people, who as far as I know don't know each other, asked me the same question. Or, to be more precise, they asked two different questions that have the same answer. In truth, this is a question that a lot of Americans have on their mind right now. Many of them don't even realize it, but every time they watch … [Read more...]

Lift Where You Stand

I recently texted a buddy of mine and said, "I know we will change the world." His response has caused me much pondering and reflection: "And it will be done by everyone lifting where they stand." All too often, we shirk our duties and think, "Someone else is supposed to do that." We think our call is either too significant or not important … [Read more...]

It’s Time for Optimism & Leadership – Oliver DeMille

It's time for optimism in America. Right now. I'm convinced that the best era of America is still ahead. And it's time to start building it, even if Washington won't, and even if the politicians are going to bring us both ups and downs in the years ahead. When we turn on the news, we hear of debts ceilings, a $17 trillion national debt, … [Read more...]

Careers & Freedom, Part 2 – Oliver DeMille

Read Part 1 Here Most people in the modern world tend to see human history as a long progress from tribal societies to the Agrarian Revolutions that brought communities and cities and civilization, to the Industrial Revolution’s advanced technology, and now further progress into the Information Age. From this view, education and careers have … [Read more...]

Careers & Freedom, Part 1 – Oliver DeMille

Certain people are more suited for freedom than others. As Jefferson taught, all of us are created equal and endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights. Still, all through history, eras of freedom are very rare. The reason for this is historically clear: The people never stay free when they leave their freedom to any group of elites; … [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...]