I want to sell a product that was widely available in the United States 300 years ago.
In fact, the government made consumption of this product compulsory.
My product is like a Measles Vaccination. The government requires all parents to compel their children to consume this product. The government said consumption of this product was "necessary for good government and the happiness of mankind." The government used to promote Brand A, which in some respects is similar to my brand. Over time, Lobbyists for Brand B have pressured government to compel consumption of Brand B. Court decisions shortly after I was born banned Brand A. Immediately, crime increased, the economy began to tank, and during my lifetime, the government of the United States has killed, crippled, or made homeless tens of millions of innocent non-combatant civilians around the world -- mostly non-white -- in an effort to prop up transnational corporations whose profits were said to be "in the national interest."
Some will say I just committed the logical fallacy of "post hoc ergo propter hoc" -- that since America started heading over a cliff after my product was banned, the banning of my product caused our national decline. But America's Founders would agree with me. They said consumption of my product was "necessary for good government and the happiness of mankind," and they would agree that banning my product contributed to our nation's downfall.
But today's government self-consciously ignores America's Founders on this issue. They compel American consumers to purchase the brand favored by today's government, banning my brand (the one endorsed by America's Founders).
This makes it much more difficult for me to sell my product: people have already been forced to pay for my competitor's product. Numerous studies have shown that Brand A helps people more than Brand B. A large percentage of Americans are realizing that they have been harmed, and their children are being harmed by my competitor's product, but they say they "can't afford" to buy my product, even if they agree it might be better.
In 2010-11, Americans spent $632 billion on this stuff. In 2013, parents purchased the government's brand of my stuff for 50.1 million children. Parents will buy other competitors' brands for 5.2 million more.
In my opinion, anyone born after 1957 was harmed by the government's subsidized brand. I guarantee that if they buy my stuff, they will experience
“the most profound, beneficial, massive, and lasting
Any intelligent and ethical person -- especially those living 300 years ago -- would say that the United States has now become the enemy of humanity. That's a shocking statement -- unless you know the facts. America's Founders -- those who signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution -- would say that "our" government has become a "tyanny" which must be abolished. (Those are the words they used in the Declaration of Independence. They said we not only have the "right" to abolish tyranny, but a "duty" to do so. They would say Americans today are not real Americans.)
America's Founders were correct to say that "tyranny" was evil, and ought not to exist. But they were wrong to take up arms and start killing the Red Coats. The Bible says to pay your taxes. The Bible says "Thou shalt not kill." America's Founders knew this. America's "War for Independence" against Britain was a terrible mistake.
So how do we get rid of tyranny? How do we protect our society from tyrants and from "taxation without representation?"
America's Founders knew the answer to this question. They had a product which they knew was "necessary for good government and the happiness of mankind." They were wrong to use government compulsion to force people to consume this product, but they were correct in their belief that this product was what made America the most prosperous and most admired nation on earth. And they would be shocked to see that the United States has banned this product, and now America has become bankrupt and despised.
My Family History with This Product
I'm not interested in selling this product just to get rich.
Initially, all I want is enough clients to help me pay the rent, and keep my credit cards current. About $2500/mo would make be very, very happy right now.
But I have to admit, I would like to put the government out of business and create a $631 billion empire selling my product to tens of millions of people. If not more.
My mother was a Distributor of this stuff for 30 years. My first job after college was in the Distribution of this stuff. I got involved with other parents who were consuming a form of Brand A, even though it was illegal in California at the time. I went to court on numerous occasions with parents who were charged with contributing to the delinquency of their minor children for refusing to consume the Government's approved brand of stuff, and consuming an illegal brand. Their kids were demonstrably better off than kids who were compelled to consume the government's brand. So I began studying law to become an attorney to defend such parents against government's compulsory consumption laws.
By the time I passed the California Bar Exam, laws against consuming brands not subsidized by the government had been relaxed. But by this time I had also become convinced that all government coercion was wrong. Technically this made me an "anarchist," and a federal court in Los Angeles ruled that I could not be given a license to practice law, even though I was completely qualified. My case was argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco by a team of attorneys who helped me "pro bono publico" (that is, free for me, "for the good of the public"). My Dream Team included the current Dean of the Law School at the University of California, Irvine, two of the authors of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, passed by Congress during the Clinton Administration, and a former California State Supreme Court Justice. They lost. The United States Supreme Court would not hear my appeal. So I am not a lawyer. I would like a job selling my product.
After passing the Bar Exam, I moved in with a couple of other anarchists who rented a 12-room house in a bad part of town and put the word on the street than anyone who was a homeless victim of the government-compelled product could stay in my extra rooms until they saved up first- and last-month's rent on a place of their own. I had an average of 19 homeless people in my home 24-7, for the better part of a decade, until my father got lung cancer. After being his caregiver, I moved to Missouri to take care of my mother, who had been crippled by a virulent case of pneumonia and some strange blood disease. Then our home was destroyed by a tornado. My mother was taken by helicopter to a regional hospital, and returned to my care on a feeding tube. For the last three years of her life, I was her full-time caregiver, and except when she was admitted to the hospital, I never got more than 90 minutes of sleep at a time, as I was required to turn her over in bed every three hours, plus tend to the feeding tube pump and her other needs. Her funeral was yesterday (May 3, 2015).
During these years, I have had no income, and have burned through several credit cards. I want to sell my product, and since I repudiate all government coercion, I need to make my product marketable. I need copy that "sizzles."
I want to sell my product to people high school age and older who realize that their government-compelled consumption of my competitor's product has stunted their moral and intellectual growth.
I have incorporated my business as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization so that I can raise tax-deductible donations and provide "scholarships" for those who cannot afford to buy the government's compelled brand and my brand as well.
What is My Product?
I put the marijuana leaf at the top just to confuse you.
My product is the public school curriculum of 300 years ago. My ideal job would be teaching Americans in 2015 what Americans were taught in the colonial American one-room schoolhouse of 1776 and before.
Rather, I want to specialize in teaching the three core "worldview" subjects which America's Founders believed were "necessary for good government and the happiness of mankind." These three subjects were banned by the U.S. Supreme Court.
I don't want to sell junk food, get-rich quick schemes, porn, or anything useless or exploitative. How could anyone be more satisfied than selling something America's Founders believed was "necessary for good government and the happiness of mankind?"
The Hidden History of Public Schools
Public schools were originally created to teach the Bible. Public schools were the product of "The Protestant Reformation" and its banner of "Sola Scriptura." Protestants believed the Catholic priests were trying to hide the Bible from laymen, because if laymen were to read the Bible, they would see that they don't need priests, they only need Jesus. So "public schools" were created to teach the Bible to everyone.
|One of the first public school laws in America is known today as "The Old Deluder Satan Act" because it began with these words:
The 1636 rules of Harvard University required:
That's what I want to teach. Read the Bible twice a day. Get a Harvard education like Samuel Adams.
The 1690 Connecticut law declared:
This [legislature] observing that... there are many persons unable to read the English tongue and thereby incapable to read the holy Word of God or the good laws of this colony... it is ordered that all parents and masters shall cause their respective children and servants, as they are capable, to be taught to read distinctly the English tongue.
You were denied this kind of Bible-centered Education. In the early 1960's, the U.S. Supreme Court banned the Bible* from public schools, along with voluntary prayer. One of the Justices who concurred in this secularization was honest enough to admit that removing religion from public schools was directly contrary to the intentions of America's Founders. He said:
Many territories, when they applied for admission to the union. repeated those words verbatim in their state constitutions. Nebraska in 1875 was the last state to copy these words into their constitution.
The Government today prevents students from being taught the Bible, "religion, morality, and knowledge." Every single person who signed the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution would say that secular schools are a threat to "good government and the happiness of mankind," and a government that imposes secularism on the people should be "abolished," just as they abolished the British government over the colonies for offenses far less serious.
Samuel Adams, the "Anti-Federalist," did not always agree with his cousin John Adams, the "Federalist." Sam wrote:
This is the product I want to provide. I want to help you compensate for what the federal government denied you as a little boy or girl.
If America's Founding Fathers could travel through time, what would they say is America's Most Pressing Problem?
I think they would say it is the fact that America is no longer a nation "Under God," but is an atheistic nation ("secular" sounds so much nicer than "atheistic"). The nation that once sent missionaries and Bibles around the world is now the world's greatest exporter of weapons and pornography.
And the root of this problem is a national system of compulsory atheistic education for all children 5-17 years of age. America's Founders would be horrified, outraged, apoplectic. Princeton professor Archibald Hodge saw the trend back in 1887, and sounded this alarm:
He was right. If our Godly and virtuous ancestors could see schools and culture today, they would be screaming: "What are you doing about this!?!?"
What are you doing about this? Of course, you are paying for this propagation of atheism and immorality. Are you doing as much to stop it or counter it as the danger warrants?
Then you are part of the problem, not part of the solution.
Have you taken your own kids out of public schools? Terrific. But you yourself are still a victim of serious educational malpractice. You were denied a Biblical worldview through twelve long years of mis-education..
I want to provide you with an internet-based home-study program which will remedy the effects of educational malpractice. As an adult, you can achieve a complete Christian worldview education in just one year, 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening.
Imagine a child whose parents own a restaurant. The Parents -- decent and loving people -- keep the child out of public school so the child can wait on tables and do other chores in the family business. The child developed a friendly disposition toward the customers. The parents are non-schoolers, not home schoolers. The child is not involved in any systematic, government-approved curriculum during these years. There was a government study done years ago which compiled evidence that such a child would be able to learn "the 3 R's" (reading, writing, and arithmetic) in just a few months at age 12 and be far better able to relate to adults than a child who had been in a classroom full of age-segregated kids (only a few months younger or older), wasting many years and not adequately learning the 3 R's. (These days, American public school students score far behind many other nations in international academic competitions.)
The key here is being loved by one's parents and being a servant of others. Academic subjects can be picked up in a few months over the internet.
But there is no similar one-stop shop for a Biblical Worldview curriculum such as existed in the colonial American one-room schoolhouse.
Twelve years of colonial American worldview education, daily covering "religion, morality, and knowledge" can be covered in just 12 months by reading through the entire Bible and four other works which are among the most important works in the history of western civilization, listening to audio lessons on the commute to work and back home in the evening, 20 minutes each way. Then each week attend a live Q&A webinar for laser coaching and clarification.
That's the job I want.
How about a bird's-eye view of these five works that I would like to teach in "Colonial American One-Room Schoolhouse 2.0"
You will read Five of the Most Important Works in the History of America
|Let's look at those five works in a little more detail
The Westminster Standards
America's Founders said that "religion and morality" were "necessary for good government and the happiness of mankind." A good summary of "religion and morality" is found in the Catechisms and Confession of Faith drafted in Westminster in the 1640's.
B.B. Warfield, professor at Princeton in the late 1800's, wrote of the Westminster Standards,
Richard Gardiner, in his impressive collection of "Primary Source Documents Pertaining to Early American History, lists many sources which introduce the average Secular Humanist to the now-unknown religious foundations of American Independence and Government. Among these sources are the Westminster Standards. Gardiner says of them:
Anarcho-Capitalism and the Wealth of Nations
In 1776, the year the Declaration of Independence was signed, Adam Smith wrote a book that is considered the first treatise on Capitalism. Full title: An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of The Wealth of Nations. What causes some nations to be wealthier than others? Freedom, personal responsibility, and morality. Pretty obvious, really; a nation characterized by rampant theft can never become prosperous. When competition turns into vengeance, and life is not respected, civilization crumbles. Subsequent economists have crystallized Smith's thesis:
Capitalism is the social system based on
A nation that is virtuous and free from the initiation of force and threats of violence, is wealthier than a nation which covets, steals, and initiates force against others. "Religion and morality" is the key to a Market freed from tyranny.
The foundation of a prosperous and humane economy is the repudiation of violence. Human beings know how to resolve conflicts without violence, but politicians and defense contractors want us to believe we need government compulsion and threats of violence to maintain "order." But order comes from a commitment to non-aggression. As we read the Bible, we face the requirement to beat our "swords into plowshares." This means pacifism and a Freed Market. You have questions about pacifism? We have answers.
Too many people, when they voice opposition to "capitalism," are actually thinking of "crony-capitalism," fascism, Keynesianism, and other systems of government coercion or favoritism in the Market. That's why I use the phrase "anarcho-capitalism," or "100% Pure Laissez-Faire capitalism." "Laissez-Faire" is French for "Let us work," "Let us conduct our business the way we think is best," or just "Let us alone!" Politicians do not know how to run a profitable business or make an economy thrive. When governments face competition, they drop bombs on innocent consumers. When businesses face competition, they lower prices or raise the quality, or invent something totally new to benefit consumers and raise our standard of living.
That is to say, businesses whose CEO's who are not victims of atheistic educational malpractice do not resort to violence. This is why America's Founders believed that "religion, morality, and knowledge" were "necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind." Good schools create good businesses.
Good schools cannot create "good government." "Government" is force; government is violence; government is theft. "Good government" is a contradiction in terms. In the Gospel of Mark, chapter 10, Jesus discovered His disciples arguing about who is going to be the "greatest" in the Kingdom of God. They didn't understand that Jesus' Kingdom was quite unlike the kingdoms of the world.
The word translated "rulers" comes from the Greek word from which we derive our English word "anarchist."
"Lords," "rulers" and "great ones" are "archists."
Jesus clearly says His followers are not to be "archists." They are to be "servants." The biggest government lie in the history of the human race is that "anarchists" are the bad guys, and those who oppose "anarchists" (logically, "archists") are the Good Guys and defenders of civilization.
This is a "paradigm shift." The most orderly and prosperous society is the one with the greatest liberty, not the most powerful Emperor. But the essential foundation of liberty, prosperity, order and peace is the Bible, and
Consider the exposition of the 6th Commandment ("Thou shalt not kill") and the 8th Commandment ("Thou shalt not steal") found in the Westminster Larger Catechism. These two commandments alone, if taken seriously, consistently, and faithfully, would rid the world of all governments. When we all stand before "the Supreme Judge of the World," nobody is going to hear, "Oh, you worked for the government? Then all your acts of theft and murder are excused. Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."
Instead of reading Adam Smith's 18th-century work, we'll read a modern version of the same theme, called Healing Our World.
Why do we need to "heal" our world? Since I was born, the U.S. federal government has killed, crippled, or made homeless tens of millions of innocent non-combatant civilians around the world. I would say this makes the United States the most evil entity on the planet and the enemy of mankind. And most Americans, if aware of this, say the price "is worth it" to keep the cost of gas down. Bad government is a reflection of bad education. The worse the education, the larger the government. The world today is being strangled by the tentacles of immorality, violence, and crony-capitalism. But don't blame "them." We have to blame ourselves if we're going to Heal Our World.
Because of their Biblical education, America's Founding Fathers realized that "the Divine Right of Kings" was not a Biblical doctrine. You have been denied this education by an imperialist regime that can only be described as "the enemy of mankind." You don't see half of what America's Founders saw. If they were here today, they would see not only that the "divine right of kings" is an unChristian concept, but the entire concept of "the nation-state," having been invented by rebels and nowhere commanded or endorsed in the Bible, is a complete failure, leading to the deaths of hundreds of millions of people, enslavement of billions, and the destruction or confiscation of trillions of dollars of property. In the 20th century alone.
|Lawrence Cremin writes about Benjamin Rush who was
a physician who signed the Declaration of Independence:
For Rush, who was present in the Congress as a representative of Pennsylvania, the events surrounding the creation of the Republic marked nothing less than a turning point in the course of human history. "I was animated constantly," he reflected in later years, "by a belief that I was acting for the benefit of the whole world, and of future ages, by assisting in the formation of new means of political order and general happiness."11
11. The Autobiography of Benjamin Rush, edited by George W. Corner (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1948), p.161.
Christians who believe in "the Rapture" do not believe in "future ages." They believe Christ is going to rapture them "at any moment," and destroy the planet and everything man has worked for. Rapturists do not work "for the benefit of the whole world," nor assist in "the formation of new means of political order and general happiness." As we have mentioned several times, America's Founders believed that teaching children the Bible every day from their earliest years was "necessary for good government and the happiness of mankind." Secular schools and theories of rapture are why we now have bad government and depression, instead of "good government" and "happiness."
|The Curriculum of the colonial American one-room schoolhouse 2.0 will give students a vision for a Christianize world. We are all created in the Image of God, and hard-wired to aspire to the vision described by the Old Testament Prophet Micah 4:1-7:|
|And it will come about in the last days
That the mountain of the House of the LORD
Will be established as the chief of the mountains
And it will be raised above the hills
Christ established His Kingdom at the first Christmas
|And the peoples will stream to it.
And many nations will come and say,
"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD
And to the House of the God of Jacob,
It will continue to expand until it covers the globe
|That He may teach us about His ways
And that we may walk in His paths."
For from Zion will go forth the Law
Even the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Biblical Law will be our standard
|And He will judge between many peoples
And render decisions for mighty, distant nations.
Then they will hammer their
swords into plowshares
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation will not lift up sword against nation
And never again will they train for war.
We will pursue God's "shalom"
|And each of them will sit under his||Family:
Beginning at home
|Vine and under his fig tree,
With no one to make them afraid.
For the LORD of hosts has spoken.
Healing the Environment
|Though all the peoples walk
Each in the name of his god,
As for us, we will walk
In the Name of the LORD our God
forever and ever.
In that day, saith the LORD,
will I assemble her that halteth,
and I will gather her that is driven out,
and her that I have afflicted;
And I will make her that halted a remnant,
and her that was cast far off a strong nation:
and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion
from henceforth, even for ever.
Beyond the "Rugged Individual"
You won't agree with everything in my curriculum, but you will be a better person for having wrestled with these ideas:
Just as iron sharpens iron, friends sharpen the minds of each other.
* Did the Supreme Court really "ban the Bible" from public schools?
Public school students can certainly be taught that the Bible exists. But they cannot be taught that it is true, and that it is a "sacred" book because it is the Word of God. In other words, the Court banned the teaching of the Bible as the Bible would be taught by those who wrote it. The Court also banned the Bible as the Supreme Court ruled 150 years earlier it "must" be taught.
An 1844 U.S. Supreme Court case involved a wealthy Frenchman who left a large sum of money in his will to the City of Philadelphia to build a school in which no clergy would teach. (Virtually all schools back then were run by churches or Christian organizations and clergy often taught the classes Mon-Fri.) There was a great controversy over whether the will of this obviously deistic Frenchman should be enforced. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that just because clergy couldn't teach, didn't mean that lay teachers could not continue to teach the Bible as the Word of God in a school administered by the city government. In fact, the Court said -- and the City of Philadelphia enthusiastically agreed -- that teachers "must" teach Christianity and the Bible as a "divine revelation" and a "sacred volume." Here are the words of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1844:
There is nothing in the U.S. Constitution which forced the Supreme Court in the early 1960's to repudiate Christianity and remove the Bible "as a divine revelation" from public schools.
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