Lack of truth… In our media…

   This morning I came across another blog post on The Center For Social Leadership. This one happens to be by Oliver DeMille who recently co-authored the book Leadershift with Orrin Woodward. Think about the info talked about here… You may be frightfully shocked because a lot of this info isn’t being broadcast by main -stream media. Here it is as follows:

Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Posted: 14 Feb 2013 02:00 AM PST

By Oliver DeMille

In the push for more gun control and changes to our national immigration policy, a few very important things have been mostly left out of the news in recent weeks.

They have been mentioned, yes, but not emphasized.

And these items deserve to be seriously considered by all Americans.

First, economic figures came out last week showing that the U.S. economy actually shrank during the last quarter of 2012—with negative growth in the U.S. GDP. The Administration waived this off as hardly newsworthy, a mere blip in many months of growth, but for those who closely watch the economy this is a serious concern. Recession hurts us all.

Second, a poll last week showed that 53% of American citizens consider the federal government a threat in their lives.[i] This is very different from an approval rating. In fact, this is extreme. A majority of Americans now see Washington as a threat. This is a big deal, because a nation that doesn’t trust its government is going to become increasingly dysfunctional—and solutions are going to be more difficult in such an environment.

Third, a new article argues that Congress and some federal Executive-Branch agencies are prone to political corruption[ii]—especially from well-funded special interest groups. The article concluded with concern that it is probably only wishful thinking to hope we can ever return to being governed according to clear, known, accepted principles instead of bureaucratic complexities. Government now is just too big.

Fourth, as a corollary of item three, the complexity brought on by the sheer size of the federal apparatus has created the same level of bureaucratic technicality at the state and many local levels of government. Even our towns, cities and counties now tend to operate in the complicated style of federal agencies, where simplicity is suspect and byzantine rules apply to things that should be easy and straightforward. Locales are often funded from Washington and find that their otherwise uncomplicated systems must be complex in order to interface with federal offices and programs. The World Economic Forum ranked the United States 76 th in free economic burdens on business growth.

Fifth, many modern governments are now in the business of creating new “rights,” telling people that they need these “rights,” and then finding that the government can’t afford to fund these “rights.”[iii] This causes government to grow even more, in the desperate attempt to fund newly-established “rights” by consistently increasing taxes. Note that such “rights” aren’t inalienable, but rather established by governments. Among these “rights” are health care, unemployment income, and the pursuit of money for a growing number of consumer wants.

Sixth, the U.S. infrastructure of roads, bridges, electric grids and drinking-water systems will cost $2 trillion to bring up to first-world standards.[iv] This at a time the government can hardly afford its current liabilities.

In short, government policies are slowing or reversing our economic growth, the people don’t trust their government, the government just keeps growing and growing, costs are increasing, and government is becoming increasingly complex and difficult to manage at all levels.

This same bundle of policies—along with massive involvement in foreign wars—brought down many of the empires of history, including the Roman, Ottoman and British.

Perhaps the six items outlined above haven’t led the news cycle simply because they aren’t really anything new.

Most regular Americans probably already knew about these trends—at least at a gut level—before they were officially announced.

Still, these are in many ways the big news of 2013.

This is the new environment in which we live, and all of these trends are making freedom less likely to flourish in the months, years and decade ahead.

Government is simply too big right now, and as it continues to increase in size many more such problems will naturally arise.

[i] See discussion on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, February 3,

[ii] Richard A. Epstein, “The Perilous Position of the Rule of Law and the Administrative State,” Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Winter 2013, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 5-19.

[iii] See, for example, ibid, pp. 10-12.

[iv] See Fareed Zakaria, “Can America Be Fixed?” Foreign Affairs, January/February 2013, p. 28.

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Oliver DeMille is the chairman of the Center for Social Leadership and co-creator of Thomas Jefferson Education.

He is the author of A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the 21st Century, and The Coming Aristocracy: Education & the Future of Freedom.

Oliver is dedicated to promoting freedom through leadership education. He and his wife Rachel are raising their eight children in Cedar City, Utah.

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Diversion For The American People

Today we are faced with many challenges as most of you know… lack of leadership, poor economy, lack of morals, and an uninformed public.

I was told growing up that there were a couple of things not to talk about in conversation: religion and politics. Ask yourself where has that gotten our nation? We need to talk about these things in our communities if we are to turn this nation back around and get it back on its feet. You can’t ignore the elephant in the room any longer. The American people are starting to see the effects of that lack of morals and poor leadership.

This morning I was reading a blog on The Center For Social Leadership website by best-selling author, leadership guru, Orrin Woodward. In it he talked about meritocracy and how America became prosperous.  Here it is as follows: (Enjoy)

Middle Class Squeeze Part II America and the Entrepreneur

Posted: 12 Feb 2013 02:00 AM PST

By Orrin Woodward

Building a Real Meritocracy

The working middle class dreams of an actual meritocracy, where performance is rewarded regardless of race, creed, or color.

The American ideals were birthed as a level playing field, rewarding people based upon their contributions, not their social status or credentials.

The American Dream promised: Do a little, receive a little; do a lot, receive a lot – just like my experience in competitive sports.

May the best man or woman or team win, based upon performance.

No class system, no special deals, just an opportunity to win based upon one’s results.

However, this system is not what the power-elites desire.

According to Nathaniel Branden, the late power-elite Bennett Cerf was quoted as saying, “You have to throw welfare programs at people – like throwing meat to a pack of wolves–even if the programs don’t accomplish their alleged purpose and even if they’re morally wrong.”

When Branden asked why, Cerf meekly replied, “Because otherwise they’ll kill you. The masses. They hate intelligence. They’re envious of ability. They resent wealth. You’ve got to throw them something, so they’ll let us live.”

Unfortunately, Cerf’s description is closer to America’s reality than the American Dream of a true meritocracy.

When a modern leader brings up meritocracy, there are nearly always two main reactions.

On one hand is the group who gets excited and thankful, realizing that they have an opportunity to win based upon their own efforts and results.

On the other hand is the group who gets upset and bitter, realizing they will no longer be able to hide from the scoreboard of life, since they will be exposed by their lack of effort and results.

On a personal note, I was involved in community building for 5 1/2 years with little to show for it, but I never blamed anyone else.

In fact, in a true free enterprise environment, a person loses only when he begins blaming someone else for his lack of results.

Refuse to play the blame game.

Instead focus on continuous improvement to win based upon merit.

Who Wants to Play King of the Mountain?

Regardless of the rhetoric of either side, meritocracy is simply the only system that is fair for all people.

Indeed, meritocracy ensures that everyone is given an equal opportunity and playing field.

Imagine playing a game of King of the Mountain where everyone has a right to enter the game and battle their way to the mountaintop.

New participants join the game with the goal of running to the top and knocking off the current King of the Mountain.

This is an analogy of a true free enterprise system.

Anyone can enter and compete, but if you don’t perform, don’t come crying to mommy.

People can enter as individuals or teams, but no group gets a special deal.

The King today may be knocked off tomorrow by better ideas, strategy, and people.

The referee (government) is supposed to be neutral (justice), ensuring everyone plays the games by the rules.

Imagine the travesty that would occur if the current King of the Mountain bought off the referees, forcing all new participants to carry a 50 pound bag on their back (extra regulations).

Even if the King has to carry the bag also, it’s much easier to be on top with 50 pounds than to run up a mountain side with it.

The more government rigs the game, the less free enterprise flourishes and the more a class society results.

Western Civilization is at a crossroads because Big Banks and Big Business do not like to lose and believe they are “too big to fail.”

They have rigged the game to ensure that the “idle rich” stay on top, while the rest of us run around wondering why no one seems to knock Kings of the Mountain anymore.

Big Government must stop playing the biased referee and return to the neutral umpire that it’s supposed to be.

Either this will change, or the West, as we know it, will die.

Vacancies on New Mountains Only

One might be wondering how Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, etc. made it to the top of the mountain.

In truth, nearly all of the new big league entrepreneurs made it to the top of new mountains without pre-established hierarchies of bureaucratic corporations already on the mountaintop.

In other words, since most of the old mountains are now closed by the unethical partnership of Big Business and Big Government, the only opportunities for hungry entrepreneurs are to innovate into the new fields where the mountaintops are still vacant.

Innovation and competition are fantastic on the new mountains, but imagine how much more innovation would occur if Western Society opened up all its mountaintops, like a true free enterprise system should and competitive sports does?

For example, can one see how perturbed the established energy companies would be if some crazy innovator developed a way to convert water into workable energy?

Do you think the established order would support the new innovator or attempt to quash his or her ideas because trillions of dollars are on the line?

Regretfully, squashing the new entrepreneur is too frequently the modus operandi in Western economics.

Everyone in society, except the few with the special deals, are hurt by the current state of affairs.

Simply put, without entrepreneurial innovation, an economy stagnates and declines; freedom is a prerequisite for entrepreneurial innovation.

Challenge and Response

What if leadership communities, groups of people who educate themselves and others on historic leadership and liberty principles, joined together and formed free communities for real change?

In my book, RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE, I talk about Arnold Toynbee and his thesis of “Challenge and Response.”

We are going through one of these critical periods where the West has serious challenges to respond to and it takes leaders to respond.

Throughout the history of the West, citizen leaders have stood up to tyranny whenever the need arose to right the wrongs.

Today’s issues demand courageous leaders who will respond similarly, standing up and fixing them, doing what is right because it is right.

In 1979, Henry Ford II, in a Chicago Business School Conference, shared, “I sometimes suspect that many American capitalists actually distrust the market as much as capitalism’s enemies do. There are whole industries today that prefer to escape the market’s disciplines. Such businessmen only encourage those who seek reform through the government, who seek greater regulation of business and greater governmental control over the private sector. But solutions like those are alien to our national experience, and American capitalism has a duty to fight them.”

See the challenge?

Even the industrial icons recognize the problem.

Is America finally ready to respond?

Isn’t it time for a LeaderShift?