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Choose your Money View; Don’t let it Choose You

By Chris Brady "World View" is a term recently popularized by philosophers and media pundits who debate spiritual and political matters. It refers to the lens through which people see (and therefore interpret) the world around them. All information and observations must pass through this lens and be colored by one's World … [Read more...]

Three Wrong Lessons

By Oliver DeMille The result of our intermingled modern educational and class systems is too often that the modern citizen feels, as G.K. Chesterton put it, “I have no right to think for myself. I have no right to think at all.” Lesson One: A major lesson of our modern schooling is that we are all somewhere on the social scale, we should give way … [Read more...]

Self Governance: Our Job As Citizens

By Oliver DeMille My oldest daughter asked me recently, "What is the key thing to know about freedom?" I answered, local governance. The most basic unit of society--above the family--are small councils that include all adults in the decision-making process. These councils maintain freedom by including in all local decisions the voices and … [Read more...]

The Rise of Social Leadership

By Oliver DeMille It’s been decades since Peter Drucker predicted that non-profit organizations would be America’s biggest growth sector, and his foresight has proven accurate. However, he didn’t foretell one of the leadership trend of our time: Social Leadership. Political leadership has been a central part of life for centuries, business … [Read more...]

Wealth is Created Through Unequal Exchange

By Garrett Gunderson We only make exchanges when we value what we’re receiving more than we value what we’re giving away. Economics is the science of the efficient allocation of resources. Through free exchange, all resources—material and otherwise—end up in the hands of those who value them the most, and those who value them the most will … [Read more...]

Counter-Productive Compassion

By Chris Brady According to Ronald Reagan, some of the most dangerous words were, "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help."  Reagan in that one little quip summed up what plagues much of the United State's current condition. Author W. Cleon Skousen coined the term "Counter-Productive Compassion" to describe what I see displayed across … [Read more...]

“On His Brow I See that Written Which is Doom”

One of the sharpest social critics of 19th century European industrial capitalism was...Charles Dickens. Those who have read Karl Marx’s writings see the world that he is attacking; those who have read Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, Bleak House, or A Christmas Carol will see that same world. However, we find the world described by … [Read more...]

Sunday Poem: The Man With a Hoe by Edwin Markham

Contribute your thoughts on the poem to the community by commenting below. Explore the Sunday Poem archives here. The Man with a Hoe Edwin Markham Bowed by the weight of centuries he leans Upon his hoe and gazes on the ground, The emptiness of ages in his face, And on his back, the burden of the world. Who made him dead to rapture and … [Read more...]

Freedom For Bread

One of socialism’s fundamental tenets is its desire for the government to universally care for people, whether it be through single-payor health care or ensuring jobs and even equal wealth for all. These are lofty and admirable goals and desires. But what are the potential costs? Many conservatives point to the actual fiscal costs of … [Read more...]