28 principles indisputably creating freedom and prosperity unlike any other.
Dr. W. Cleon Skousen provides an emphatic display of how and why America is an economic powerhouse and how the federal government was built to protect citizens' rights. Skousen gives 28 principles that create freedom and prosperity and explains in clear, concise terms all that came together to create a nation that literally made a 5,000-year leap in progress.
This book describes the problems that the Founding Fathers dealt with and how philosophies and ideals collided to form the United States of America. The skills and prosperity of the Jamestown settlers in 1607 greatly contrasted with those of society after the enactment of the United States Constitution.
Shortly after the Constitution was enacted, a free enterprise system – an economy with little government influence that flourishes with competition of businesses – was established. It is because of this system that America became the most advanced and powerful country that world history has ever known.
After highlighting the importance of the nation’s foundation, Skousen covers in detail what went into the design of the Constitution of the U.S. Skousen studies the original sources for the principles that inspired the United States, and shows how the Founders developed these principles from the studies of Cicero, Locke, Montesquieu and Adam Smith.
Skousen also contrasts the affluence of the young United States with that of our country today. According to the research of Skousen, it was because of the free enterprise system that America produced such astounding inventions and ideas, from jet propulsion to the doubling of life expectancy. Within this narrative of success Skousen weaves the story of America as a Christian nation, guided by divine providence and created for the liberty and rights of mankind.
This book also analyzes problems throughout history (such as national debt) that have come from failing to adhere to the Constitution. It also explains in an understandable and simple format the stereotypes and labels that have been applied to the far left and right wings.
"The 5000 Year Leap" gives the reader a greater understanding of the origins of the United States of America, the consequences of deviating from the principles on which it was founded and all the characteristics that make this nation what it is today.
About the Author:
Skousen authored "The Naked Communist" and was the source of the publication "1963 Communist Goals" list. He later wrote a follow-up, "The Naked Capitalist," based on Carroll Quigley's assertions made in the books "Tragedy and Hope" and "The Anglo-American Establishment," which claimed that top Western merchant bankers, industrialists and related institutions were behind the rise of communism and fascism around the world.
In June 1935, immediately after graduating from San Bernardino Valley Junior College where he served as student body president, Skousen began working for the Agricultural Adjustment Administration. This led into a career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) the following year, which lasted until 1951.
Skousen attended George Washington University Law School, graduating with an LL.B. in June 1940. He had already passed the Washington, D.C., bar exam. In 1972, in recognition of the sufficiency of his law school studies more than 30 years earlier, his law degree was upgraded to Juris Doctor (J.D.).
After the American election of 1980, Skousen was appointed to the Council for National Policy, a think tank of influential politicians, scholars and academics that lent support and advice to President Ronald Reagan's administration. Among the many solutions Skousen proposed included suggested programs to convert the Social Security system to private retirement accounts and a plan to completely wipe out the national debt. Skousen was never a tax protestor but campaigned for several proposals to eliminate the federal income tax, including the famous Liberty Amendment, which among other things, would return federally owned land to the states and preclude the federal government from being involved in any activities that competed with private enterprise.