Posts Tagged ‘government’

freedomEver since I started on the LIFE subscriptions, I always looked forward to the next talk I would get on the subject of freedom or economics. I have always considered freedom to be one of my core principles, but at the same time I used to be a socialist; I had the wrong information on how the world worked. I had the wrong information on what was right. I thought the socialists ideas helped the poor, helped those in need, while stopping the rich from trampling all over the poor; did I ever have that backwards!

Through many of the teachings on leadership, economics, and freedom from the founders of LIFE, and their subscriptions, I have come to see the error of my ways.

I have come to see the value of free enterprise, and how it actually helps more people get jobs. I have seen how it actually gives people an incentive to get out of poverty and provides paths to do so. I have seen  how governments and big business’ use new laws and regulations to keep people dependent and in poverty; I’ve seen them use regulations to allow themselves to grow beyond where free enterprise would have allowed, at the expense of hard working citizens.

I have seen how important leadership is to bringing back lost freedoms (more…)

LeaderShiftIt’s time for power to go back to where it belongs; to the people. With politicians and the business elite making all our decisions for us, we are losing our freedoms each and every day, and our standard of living goes down with that loss.

LeaderShift, by Orrin Woodward & Oliver Demille, is a call for people to stand up and become who they need to be in order to take back our freedoms and prevent it from being lost again. It in no way supports Republicans, nor does it support Democrats; it supports the American people (and Canadian if you read it from my perspective).

It is written in the form of a business parable about the United States, but don’t let that fool you into thinking this is just for Americans. There are a number of proposals put forth in the book that could drastically change the way we run our society, and the principles behind them can be applied to any country.

It all starts with the Five Laws of Decline; If these laws are not addressed in the frame-work of a company or a nation, they will become its undoing. Leadershift will go through the details of how they apply to a nation, but the reasoning will become obvious as you go through them.

1. Sturgeons Law – 90% of everything is Crud (this includes workers, leaders, politicians…) This means that 90% of the people running for office (and being elected) can’t be counted on to do the right thing. Thankfully the other side to this law is that 10% of the people out there are good leaders. We just need to allow them to come forth.

2. Bastiats Law – People will do the least amount of work possible to satisfy their wants. This means that if someone can get what they want without doing anything or by getting someone else to do it for them, they will.

3. Gresham’s Law – When bad behavior is rewarded, more will occur; The good ones will be driven away. Through this law, If you need to be corrupt to get ahead in an organization (or country) those that aren’t corrupt will not even enter the field; if they are already involved, they will likely leave. They do not want to be bad people, and will not be part of something where they feel they will need to do something wrong. At the same time, Those that don’t mind doing something wrong will be much more likely to do so since they will be rewarded for it. (more…)

I don’t like to delve into politics on this site, but prefer to discuss principles. However the last speech Ron Paul gave to congress is too important to not share it, and the only politics involved stems from Ron Paul being in Congress himself.

As political as you may find it, it was all about principle. It’s about looking at what it going on around us, and why we got to our current situation. If we don’t know what it is really happening and how we got here, how can we fix it? It comes down to working more on our own education and our own actions.

You can read the whole thing here, or watch it on YouTube here.

Here are some of my favorite parts from it that should be considered by everyone, in whatever country you live in. (more…)

Ron PaulIt’s not often that you find someone in politics that has the character to do what’s right, and stand by what he believes regardless of the consequences to his career. It takes courage to stand up for what you believe in and never waver, even when you know that you can get ahead by going along with the majority.

In Orrin Woodward’s book ‘Resolved: 13 Resolutions for Life‘ he devotes a chapter to having character; Choosing character over reputation anytime they conflict. He gave a great example of a man who displayed character using Ludwig Von Mises, and how he promoted the Austrian theory of economics knowing it to be correct. He did this when everyone else around him was getting ahead and accepted by the establishment by saying what people wanted them to say. Ludwig Von Mises stood by his beliefs at great personal cost, because it was the right thing to do. That is character.
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