The 5000 Year Leap
The 28 Great Ideas That Changed the World
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Many Americans in the early years of the Republic regarded the U.S. Constitution as a miracle. They didn't know how right they were: Over the next two hundred years, the nation chartered by that document brought about more human pro Continue
Many Americans in the early years of the Republic regarded the U.S. Constitution as a miracle. They didn't know how right they were: Over the next two hundred years, the nation chartered by that document brought about more human progress than was made in the previous five thousand. Today, however, that astonishing leap in progress is in danger of coming to a halt -- because the Constitution that inspired it has been “interpreted” out of existence by the Supreme Court. Now, in The 5000 Year Leap: A Miracle That Changed the World, W. Cleon Skousen revives respect and reverence for our nation's founding document by revealing the 28 "Principles of Freedom" that are embodied in it -- and that produced the dynamic "success formula" which proved such a sensational blessing to modern man.
28 Ideas That Changed the World
Each chapter of The 5000 Year Leap is devoted to explaining, in depth, the nature and historical antecedents of one of the 28 Principles of Freedom that inspired our Constitution. These principles include:
* "The only reliable basis for sound government and just human relations is Natural Law."
* "A free people cannot survive under a republican constitution unless they remain virtuous and morally strong."
* The most promising method of securing a virtuous people is to elect virtuous leaders.
* "Without religion the government of a free people cannot be maintained."
* "The proper role of government is to protect equal rights, not provide equal things."
* "The God-given right to govern is vested in the sovereign authority of the whole people."
* "The majority of the people may alter or abolish a government which has become tyrannical."
* "Life and liberty are secure only so long as the rights of property are secure."
* "The highest level of prosperity occurs when there is a free-market economy and a minimum of government regulations."
* "The unalienable rights of the people are most likely to be preserved if the principles of government are set forth in a written Constitution."
* "Only limited and carefully defined powers should be delegated to government, all others being retained by the people."
* "Efficiency and dispatch require that the government operate according to the will of the majority, but constitutional provisions must be made to protect the rights of the minority."
* "Strong local self-government is the keystone to preserving human freedom."
* "A free people should be governed by law and not by the whims of men."
* "The core unit which determines the strength of any society is the family; therefore the government should foster and protect its integrity."
* "The burden of debt is as destructive to human freedom as subjugation by conquest."
"I beg you to read this book filled with words of wisdom which I can only describe as divinely inspired. You will find answers to questions plaguing America, and more importantly you will find hope. I know I have!" -- -GLENN BECK
"The kind of stimulating book I would like to seee being studied in all our high schools and universities." -- ORRIN HATCH, U.S. Senator (R-UT)
"The fight for the soul of our country is real! Every patriotic American, young and old, should read this book! -- CHRIS CANNON, former Congressman (R-UT)