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The Three Economies: Why the Middle-Class Has Stagnated – Oliver DeMille

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There are three economies in modern society. They all matter. But most people only know about two of them. They know the third exists, in a shadowy, behind-the-scenes way that confuses most people. But the first two economies are present, pressing, obvious. So people just focus on these two. A couple of recent conversations brought these … [Read more...]

America’s Great Degeneration – Oliver DeMille

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Speaking of how the government runs its finances today, historian Niall Ferguson wrote: "The present system is, to put it bluntly, fraudulent. There are no regular published and official balance sheets. Huge liabilities are simply hidden from view. Not even the current income and expenditure statements can be relied upon. No legitimate business … [Read more...]

The Only Thing That Can Save America

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For the last few years we have been promoting entrepreneurship as one of the most important ways that regular citizens can make a difference in the cause of liberty. Those of us involved with the Center for Social Leadership are striving to do our part by building several businesses between us. Stephen Palmer recently spoke at a convention of … [Read more...]

The Single Best Way to Unleash Your Greatness – Stephen Palmer

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The young business owner sighed in frustration and stood up from beside the bed where he had been kneeling. Once again, he had desperately asked for guidance, and once again, nothing had come to him. His father had founded the company in 1952, but had died in 1980, leaving him in charge of the frail business at the age of thirty. His … [Read more...]

Are You Really an American? – Oliver DeMille

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The more I watch the news, the more I wish we had more farmers in modern America. I grew up in a small town, and when I was a boy there were lots of farmers still left in the county. The town was small enough that I knew, at least by face and name, pretty much every man and woman -- and I noticed something different about farmers. They didn't … [Read more...]

The Legacy of 2013? -Oliver DeMille

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The year 2013 is over, and it may go down in history as another drastically negative year like 1913. The hundred year itch? Maybe. The year started out with high political drama as Republicans and Democrats argued late into the nights on January 1 and 2 in search of a fiscal cliff agreement. In May and June we watched a domino series of … [Read more...]

Overcoming Obamacare by Oliver DeMille

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Do we have an answer yet? Not quite. But we're making progress. A few months ago I suggested that many companies were going to lay off a lot of employees when Obamacare went into effect -- starting in October 2013 and increasing for the next eighteen months. Then I asked for input from readers: How can business owners overcome the … [Read more...]

What’s Really Happening to Our Nation? -Oliver DeMille

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It happened on the same day. Two people, who as far as I know don't know each other, asked me the same question. Or, to be more precise, they asked two different questions that have the same answer. In truth, this is a question that a lot of Americans have on their mind right now. Many of them don't even realize it, but every time they watch … [Read more...]

Lift Where You Stand

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I recently texted a buddy of mine and said, "I know we will change the world." His response has caused me much pondering and reflection: "And it will be done by everyone lifting where they stand." All too often, we shirk our duties and think, "Someone else is supposed to do that." We think our call is either too significant or not important … [Read more...]

It’s Time for Optimism & Leadership – Oliver DeMille

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It's time for optimism in America. Right now. I'm convinced that the best era of America is still ahead. And it's time to start building it, even if Washington won't, and even if the politicians are going to bring us both ups and downs in the years ahead. When we turn on the news, we hear of debts ceilings, a $17 trillion national debt, … [Read more...]