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Posted: 7/19/2010 5:33:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/19/2010 5:36:28 PM EDT by thunderw21]
Wow, a great book. Maybe 1/4 of the way through and it keeps getting better and better. The amount of research that went into this is amazing.

I highly recommend it if you want to learn about the Founding Fathers, the founding documents, Natural Law and the philosophy behind the founding of our country.




The 28 fundamental beliefs put forth by "The 5,000 Year Leap":

1. The only reliable basis for sound government and just human relations is natural law.

2. A free people cannot survive under a republican constitution unless they remain virtuous and morally strong.

3. The most promising method of securing a virtuous and a morally stable people is to elect virtuous leaders.

4. Without religion the government of a free people cannot be maintained.

5. All things were created by God, therefore upon him all mankind are equally dependent and to him they are equally responsible.

6. All men are created equal.

7. The proper role of government is to provide equal rights, not equal things.

8. Men are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights.

9. To protect man's rights, God has revealed certain principles of divine law.

10. The god-given right to govern is vested in the sovereign authority of the whole people.

11. The majority of the people may alter or abolish a government which has become tyrannical.

12. The United States of America shall be a republic.

13. A constitution should be structured to permanently protect the people from the human frailties of their rulers.

14. Life and liberty is secure so long as the right to property is secure.

15. The highest level of prosperity occurs when there is a free market economy and minimum of government regulations.

16. The government should be separated into three branches––legislative, executive and judicial.

17. A system of checks and balances should be adopted to prevent the abuse of power.

18. The unalienable rights of the people are most likely to be preserved if the principles of government are set forth in a written constitution.

19. Only limited and carefully defined powers should be delegated to the government, all others being retained by the people.

20. Efficiency and dispatch require government to operate according to the will of the majority, but constitutional provisions must be made to protect the rights of the minority.

21. Strong local self-government is the keystone to preserving human freedom.

22. A free people should be governed by law and not by the whims of man.

23. A free society cannot survive as a republic without a broad program of general education.

24. A free people will not survive unless they remain strong.

25. Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations––entangling alliances with none.

26. The core unit which determines the strength of any society is the family; therefore, the government should foster and protect its integrity.

27. The burden of debt is as destructive to freedom as subjugation by conquest.

28. The United States has a manifest destiny to be an example and a blessing to the entire human race.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 5:37:41 PM EDT
"The proper role of government is to provide equal rights, not equal things."

I like this one,
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 5:43:39 PM EDT
....And I approve this message.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 5:45:38 PM EDT
I'm cheap, so I've been waiting for the library to get a copy
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 5:54:11 PM EDT
Most eye opening book I have ever read!
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 6:13:19 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Billmanweh:
I'm cheap, so I've been waiting for the library to get a copy


You can have your local library order if from the Library of Congress.
Great read !
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 6:17:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/19/2010 6:17:23 PM EDT by AngryEwok]
Very basic google skills will get you the 5,000 Year Leap in audiobook format for free. Listened to several hours of it today at work... so far, good.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 6:22:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/19/2010 6:23:16 PM EDT by freddd]
Originally Posted By GC456:
Most eye opening book I have ever read!


Life-changing.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 6:25:50 PM EDT
lots of truth in that.

but there is in the end, only one truth

Everything has a life cycle....
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 7:18:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By AngryEwok:
Very basic google skills will get you the 5,000 Year Leap in audiobook format for free. Listened to several hours of it today at work... so far, good.


Thanks for the tip, that was pretty easy to find.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 8:01:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/19/2010 8:03:11 PM EDT by 41magluva]
Should be read in every single high school curriculum. That is my dream.

When was it written, 1983, or so? The book describes the things that will ruin our country, and we are now living through it.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 8:38:42 PM EDT
there are no gods...
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 8:41:20 PM EDT
Yes, it's a phenomenal book.

One of many.
Link Posted: 7/20/2010 3:35:33 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/20/2010 3:35:50 PM EDT by thunderw21]
Originally Posted By 41magluva:
Should be read in every single high school curriculum. That is my dream.

When was it written, 1983, or so? The book describes the things that will ruin our country, and we are now living through it.


Like clockwork. Truly frightening.
Link Posted: 7/20/2010 3:38:12 PM EDT
Originally Posted By SFENDER:
"The proper role of government is to provide protect equal rights, not equal things."

I like this one,


wrong......fixed
Link Posted: 7/20/2010 3:38:46 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Billmanweh:
I'm cheap, so I've been waiting for the library to get a copy


Been out since 1981, don't think they will be getting one anytime soon.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 3:11:03 PM EDT
Originally Posted By gwitness:
Originally Posted By SFENDER:
"The proper role of government is to provide protect equal rights, not equal things."

I like this one,


wrong......fixed


Good fix. Did the same in my copy.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 3:21:34 PM EDT
Originally Posted By boboluv:
there are no gods...


Irrelevant. The belief that there is a god is enough.

It is that belief that defines the boundaries of human morallity. Without those, we eventually descend into anarchy.

Link Posted: 8/21/2010 3:27:23 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/21/2010 3:27:41 PM EDT by redseacraft]
Why is this not available in local libraries?
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 3:28:42 PM EDT
It's sitting on my nightstand when I'm done with Patriots (which I don't know why I don't just skip 'cause it's pretty bad).

Link Posted: 8/21/2010 5:15:43 PM EDT
Too much God in it for me. Anyone want my copy?
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 5:19:39 PM EDT
But, but the poor atheists will be offended...
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 5:32:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By EasTexan:
But, but the poor atheists will be offended...

There's a difference between offense and incredulity.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 5:42:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By EasTexan:
But, but the poor atheists will be offended...

I wasn't.

I don't care how individual rights and the Rule of Law are rationalized, just as long as they are.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 5:47:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DuraToTheMax:

Originally Posted By EasTexan:
But, but the poor atheists will be offended...

I wasn't.

I don't care how individual rights and the Rule of Law are rationalized, just as long as they are.


Link Posted: 8/21/2010 5:51:35 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DuraToTheMax:

Originally Posted By EasTexan:
But, but the poor atheists will be offended...

I wasn't.

I don't care how individual rights and the Rule of Law are rationalized, just as long as they are.


But as an Atheist, wouldnt the belief that rights are given by God be irrational and unfounded?

BTW, I almost always with that you say DuraToTheMax, serious question.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 5:56:10 PM EDT




http://www.nccs.net/5000-year-leap/_jkgFoe95jlsf4poG/


free audio book complments for 9/12 project!
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 6:01:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/21/2010 6:05:52 PM EDT by Frost7]
23. A free society cannot survive as a republic without a broad program of general education.


This is an especially important one, and one that we horribly neglect, and one that our enemies readily identified as a weak spot and have used it against us. We need certain standards of things publicly-funded schools should teach and do a far better job at than they do now.

– Our kids need a better grasp of our history, taught no longer as droll, hateful date memorization but understanding of the hows and the whys.
– They need political science that teaches them how and why our system works, and how to be responsible citizens; not be taught the virtues of political correctness.
– They need to be taught that our system is the best and why, and have systems like communism and socialism shown to be destructive, wrong, and unacceptable and why.
– They need to be taught certain morality is absolute an essential to being a free citizen of a free country. Not everything is relative and you do what feels good.

A better idea alongside an inferior idea will NOT always prevail. This is a stupid fallacy that's shown to be wrong time and time again. We need to seize on the better ideas and teach those and teach WHY they are better. We need to seize the idea initiative back from the liars and fools who have raised a generation capable of electing the current government.

If you could fix just those things you could greatly uplift the character of this nation.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 6:18:48 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Frost7:
23. A free society cannot survive as a republic without a broad program of general education.


This is an especially important one, and one that we horribly neglect, and one that our enemies readily identified as a weak spot and have used it against us. We need certain standards of things publicly-funded schools should teach and do a far better job at than they do now.

– Our kids need a better grasp of our history, taught no longer as droll, hateful date memorization but understanding of the hows and the whys.
– They need political science that teaches them how and why our system works, and how to be responsible citizens; not be taught the virtues of political correctness.
– They need to be taught that our system is the best and why, and have systems like communism and socialism shown to be destructive, wrong, and unacceptable and why.
– They need to be taught certain morality is absolute an essential to being a free citizen of a free country. Not everything is relative and you do what feels good.

A better idea alongside an inferior idea will NOT always prevail. This is a stupid fallacy that's shown to be wrong time and time again. We need to seize on the better ideas and teach those and teach WHY they are better. We need to seize the idea initiative back from the liars and fools who have raised a generation capable of electing the current government.

If you could fix just those things you could greatly uplift the character of this nation.



Definitely. It's interesting to see how moral and religious truthes were taught in school back then. Nowadays that's all been abandoned for post-modern ideas of morality and religion: anything goes.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 6:20:23 PM EDT
Originally Posted By EasTexan:
Originally Posted By DuraToTheMax:

Originally Posted By EasTexan:
But, but the poor atheists will be offended...

I wasn't.

I don't care how individual rights and the Rule of Law are rationalized, just as long as they are.


But as an Atheist, wouldnt the belief that rights are given by God be irrational and unfounded?

BTW, I almost always with that you say DuraToTheMax, serious question.


Every man is born with his rights.

God doesn't have to be the one to give it to him.

Just like the Queen doesn't have to knight someone to prove they are trustworthy, honest, and loyal.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 6:21:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/21/2010 6:23:40 PM EDT by N1Rampage]
Why do people keep saying rights come from god? So we have to rely on something else to give us a right? Might as well replace god with Obama.


Just go with a basic societal contract of mutual respect and courtesy: treat others how you wish to be treated and what's mine is mine - what's yours is yours. With those two, you now have human rights and personal property. Do need to mix in any voodoo and magic sky gods in.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 6:23:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/21/2010 6:24:36 PM EDT by thunderw21]
Originally Posted By Vicinity:
Originally Posted By EasTexan:
Originally Posted By DuraToTheMax:

Originally Posted By EasTexan:
But, but the poor atheists will be offended...

I wasn't.

I don't care how individual rights and the Rule of Law are rationalized, just as long as they are.


But as an Atheist, wouldnt the belief that rights are given by God be irrational and unfounded?

BTW, I almost always with that you say DuraToTheMax, serious question.


Every man is born with his rights.

God doesn't have to be the one to give it to him.

Just like the Queen doesn't have to knight someone to prove they are trustworthy, honest, and loyal.


Only the creator can give rights to his creation. They can come from no other source.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 6:24:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By thunderw21:
Originally Posted By Vicinity:
Originally Posted By EasTexan:
Originally Posted By DuraToTheMax:

Originally Posted By EasTexan:
But, but the poor atheists will be offended...

I wasn't.

I don't care how individual rights and the Rule of Law are rationalized, just as long as they are.


But as an Atheist, wouldnt the belief that rights are given by God be irrational and unfounded?

BTW, I almost always with that you say DuraToTheMax, serious question.


Every man is born with his rights.

God doesn't have to be the one to give it to him.

Just like the Queen doesn't have to knight someone to prove they are trustworthy, honest, and loyal.


Only the creator can give his creation rights. They can come from no other source.
If it made everything, then why does he give it to us instead of naturally distilling it into us and making the world so from the get go? Excessive middle manning in societal structures. Makes no sense. It's bullshit.

Link Posted: 8/21/2010 6:25:07 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Vicinity:
Originally Posted By EasTexan:
Originally Posted By DuraToTheMax:

Originally Posted By EasTexan:
But, but the poor atheists will be offended...

I wasn't.

I don't care how individual rights and the Rule of Law are rationalized, just as long as they are.


But as an Atheist, wouldnt the belief that rights are given by God be irrational and unfounded?

BTW, I almost always with that you say DuraToTheMax, serious question.


Every man is born with his rights.

God doesn't have to be the one to give it to him.

Just like the Queen doesn't have to knight someone to prove they are trustworthy, honest, and loyal.


Look, you and I agree. We are born with rights .We just disagree why we are born with them. I read his post as saying that as an atheist, he didnt care if his rights were rationalized by the existance of a God.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 6:26:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By EasTexan:
Originally Posted By DuraToTheMax:

Originally Posted By EasTexan:
But, but the poor atheists will be offended...

I wasn't.

I don't care how individual rights and the Rule of Law are rationalized, just as long as they are.


But as an Atheist, wouldnt the belief that rights are given by God be irrational and unfounded?

BTW, I almost always with that you say DuraToTheMax, serious question.

I'm actually an agnostic, and as such not dead-set against the idea that something created all this. It's not irrational to believe that in order for something to exist, it has to be created.

The author stresses that a mans work and intellectual property are inherently his own. What a man creates with his two hands and his investment of effort is rightfully his and can't be taken away in accordance with the Rule of Law.

You are born with the right to your own body, and all that you may produce with it. Whether or not this right has been endowed by a supreme being is a matter of individual opinion.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 6:28:56 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DuraToTheMax:

Originally Posted By EasTexan:
Originally Posted By DuraToTheMax:

Originally Posted By EasTexan:
But, but the poor atheists will be offended...

I wasn't.

I don't care how individual rights and the Rule of Law are rationalized, just as long as they are.


But as an Atheist, wouldnt the belief that rights are given by God be irrational and unfounded?

BTW, I almost always with that you say DuraToTheMax, serious question.

I'm actually an agnostic, and as such not dead-set against the idea that something created all this. It's not irrational to believe that in order for something to exist, it has to be created.

The author stresses that a mans work and intellectual property are inherently his own. What a man creates with his two hands and his investment of effort is rightfully his and can't be taken away in accordance with the Rule of Law.

You are born with the right to your own body, and all that you may produce with it. Whether or not this right has been endowed by a supreme being is a matter of individual opinion.


Ok, thanks for clearing that up.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 6:29:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SFENDER:
"The proper role of government is to provide equal rights, not equal things."

I like this one,

First one that jumped out at me, too.

How far they're trying to skew that one now...fuck...

Link Posted: 8/21/2010 6:30:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/21/2010 6:31:41 PM EDT by thunderw21]
Originally Posted By N1Rampage:

Originally Posted By thunderw21:
Originally Posted By Vicinity:
Originally Posted By EasTexan:
Originally Posted By DuraToTheMax:

Originally Posted By EasTexan:
But, but the poor atheists will be offended...

I wasn't.

I don't care how individual rights and the Rule of Law are rationalized, just as long as they are.


But as an Atheist, wouldnt the belief that rights are given by God be irrational and unfounded?

BTW, I almost always with that you say DuraToTheMax, serious question.


Every man is born with his rights.

God doesn't have to be the one to give it to him.

Just like the Queen doesn't have to knight someone to prove they are trustworthy, honest, and loyal.


Only the creator can give his creation rights. They can come from no other source.
If it made everything, then why does he give it to us instead of naturally distilling it into us and making the world so from the get go? Excessive middle manning in societal structures. Makes no sense. It's bullshit.




Natural Law and Natural Rights come from God but they are naturally instilled within us when our lives begin. God created the system of rights and Natural Law when he created the universe. So while he did give us rights, they are naturally instilled in us and the creation around us.

So, if it is part of that creation then Natural Law (and rights if it is human) apply to it.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 6:33:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By thunderw21:
Originally Posted By N1Rampage:

Originally Posted By thunderw21:
Originally Posted By Vicinity:
Originally Posted By EasTexan:
Originally Posted By DuraToTheMax:

Originally Posted By EasTexan:
But, but the poor atheists will be offended...

I wasn't.

I don't care how individual rights and the Rule of Law are rationalized, just as long as they are.


But as an Atheist, wouldnt the belief that rights are given by God be irrational and unfounded?

BTW, I almost always with that you say DuraToTheMax, serious question.


Every man is born with his rights.

God doesn't have to be the one to give it to him.

Just like the Queen doesn't have to knight someone to prove they are trustworthy, honest, and loyal.


Only the creator can give his creation rights. They can come from no other source.
If it made everything, then why does he give it to us instead of naturally distilling it into us and making the world so from the get go? Excessive middle manning in societal structures. Makes no sense. It's bullshit.




Natural Law and Natural Rights come from God but they are naturally instilled within us when our lives begin. God created the system of rights and Natural Law when he created the universe. So while he did give us rights, they are naturally instilled in us and the creation around us.

So, if it is part of that creation then Natural Law (and rights if it is human) apply to it.

Sounds nice, but then there's Africa and every other human rights violation shithole where people are animals and tear each other apart....
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 6:35:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/21/2010 6:36:12 PM EDT by thunderw21]
Originally Posted By N1Rampage:

Originally Posted By thunderw21:
Originally Posted By N1Rampage:

Originally Posted By thunderw21:
Originally Posted By Vicinity:
Originally Posted By EasTexan:
Originally Posted By DuraToTheMax:

Originally Posted By EasTexan:
But, but the poor atheists will be offended...

I wasn't.

I don't care how individual rights and the Rule of Law are rationalized, just as long as they are.


But as an Atheist, wouldnt the belief that rights are given by God be irrational and unfounded?

BTW, I almost always with that you say DuraToTheMax, serious question.


Every man is born with his rights.

God doesn't have to be the one to give it to him.

Just like the Queen doesn't have to knight someone to prove they are trustworthy, honest, and loyal.


Only the creator can give his creation rights. They can come from no other source.
If it made everything, then why does he give it to us instead of naturally distilling it into us and making the world so from the get go? Excessive middle manning in societal structures. Makes no sense. It's bullshit.




Natural Law and Natural Rights come from God but they are naturally instilled within us when our lives begin. God created the system of rights and Natural Law when he created the universe. So while he did give us rights, they are naturally instilled in us and the creation around us.

So, if it is part of that creation then Natural Law (and rights if it is human) apply to it.

Sounds nice, but then there's Africa and every other human rights violation shithole where people are animals and tear each other apart....


Because it's a fallen world and while humans cannot grant each other natural rights, they most definitely can take them away. Don't blame God and his system of Natural Law for the failings of humanity.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 6:37:26 PM EDT
What a great topic, once again derailed into a theist/atheist argument.

SIGH.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 6:40:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/21/2010 6:43:55 PM EDT by thunderw21]
Originally Posted By Frost7:
What a great topic, once again derailed into a theist/atheist argument.

SIGH.


Well, Natural Law ties in with God. Without God there can be no Natural Law or Natural Rights. A majority of Founders agreed with that statement.


...

4. Without religion the government of a free people cannot be maintained.

5. All things were created by God, therefore upon him all mankind are equally dependent and to him they are equally responsible.
...

8. Men are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights.

9. To protect man's rights, God has revealed certain principles of divine law.

10. The god-given right to govern is vested in the sovereign authority of the whole people.

...
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 6:43:56 PM EDT
Yeah I know. It's just there some great material there, but what does GD do? Zero in on the religion and then beat each other up while ignoring the rest, like the subject hasn't already been beaten to death a million times on here.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 6:44:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/21/2010 6:45:27 PM EDT by N1Rampage]

Originally Posted By Frost7:
What a great topic, once again derailed into a theist/atheist argument.

SIGH.


Originally Posted By Frost7:
Yeah I know. It's just there some great material there, but what does GD do? Zero in on the religion and then beat each other up while ignoring the rest, like the subject hasn't already been beaten to death a million times on here.


This is GD, sorry I broke this combayah circle.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 6:46:32 PM EDT
I honestly don't care about religion. I don't consider myself anything. I just know, I have rights, and I was born with them. Impede my rights, and there is Hell to pay. (Uh oh! I said Hell!)
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 6:48:40 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Frost7:
Yeah I know. It's just there some great material there, but what does GD do? Zero in on the religion and then beat each other up while ignoring the rest, like the subject hasn't already been beaten to death a million times on here.

Agreed. Let's not let the God/no God argument distract anyone from reading one of the most enlightening books available- one that lends real insight into the wisdom possessed by the founding fathers and the theory behind severly limiting government.
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 6:57:48 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/21/2010 7:03:34 PM EDT by NoVaGator]
Too much pseudo history pop combined with bible thumping in there

Go read Hume, Locke, Mills, Smith, Ricardo, Hobbes, Montesquieu, The Federalist Papers, von Mises, Hayek, etc and learn for yourself

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Link Posted: 8/21/2010 7:01:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/21/2010 7:05:03 PM EDT by thunderw21]
Originally Posted By NoVaGator:
Too much pseudo history pop combined with bible thumping in there

Go read Hume, Locke, Mills, Smith, Ricardo, Hobbes, Montesquieu, The Federalist Papers, von Mises, Hayek, etc and learn for yoursslf

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Erm, this book is based upon the writing and studies of those philosophers. No pseudo-history here. Tons of quotes and context in every chapter.

Have you even opened the "5,000 Year Leap"?
Link Posted: 8/21/2010 7:10:35 PM EDT
Originally Posted By thunderw21:
Originally Posted By NoVaGator:
Too much pseudo history pop combined with bible thumping in there

Go read Hume, Locke, Mills, Smith, Ricardo, Hobbes, Montesquieu, The Federalist Papers, von Mises, Hayek, etc and learn for yoursslf

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Erm, this book is based upon the writing and studies of those philosophers. No pseudo-history here. Tons of quotes and context in every chapter.

Have you even opened the "5,000 Year Leap"?


Yeah I thumbed thru it at the book store

It's just as I described

But if you don't want to do the heavy lifting....by all means read it


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Link Posted: 8/21/2010 7:16:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By gunmetalgray:




http://www.nccs.net/5000-year-leap/_jkgFoe95jlsf4poG/


free audio book complments for 9/12 project!
Excellent, thanks! I have the paperback version, but this will be easier to listen to when I'm doing dishes and making sammiches.

Link Posted: 8/21/2010 7:17:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By NoVaGator:
Originally Posted By thunderw21:
Originally Posted By NoVaGator:
Too much pseudo history pop combined with bible thumping in there

Go read Hume, Locke, Mills, Smith, Ricardo, Hobbes, Montesquieu, The Federalist Papers, von Mises, Hayek, etc and learn for yoursslf

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Erm, this book is based upon the writing and studies of those philosophers. No pseudo-history here. Tons of quotes and context in every chapter.

Have you even opened the "5,000 Year Leap"?


Yeah I thumbed thru it at the book store

It's just as I described

But if you don't want to do the heavy lifting....by all means read it


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I disagree with your marginalizing of the book.

It's an assembly of different facets of the same overall philosophy embraced by the founders. None of the founders' ideas were original, but they were the first to combine them into a written contract and apply it in a workable way to a limited government.

Sure, you can read more about these ideas from various philosophers, but 'The 5000 Year Leap' is by no means a book to pass up.
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