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The 5000 year leap : the 28 great ideas that changed the world

Author: W Cleon Skousen; National Center for Constitutional Studies (U.S.)
Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : National Center for Constitutional Studies, 2007, ©2006.
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"Discover the 28 Principles of Freedom our Founding Fathers said must be understood and perpetuated by every people who desire peace, prosperity, and freedom. Learn how adherence to these beliefs during the past 200 years has brought about more progress than was made in the previous 5000 years"--Page 4 of cover.
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Genre/Form: Constitution
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: W Cleon Skousen; National Center for Constitutional Studies (U.S.)
ISBN: 0880801484 9780880801485
OCLC Number: 179674303
Notes: "A miracle that changed the world"--Cover.
"Principles of freedom 101"--Cover.
Description: xxvii, 337 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction : A new beginning ; Shades of the primitive past ; Why Jamestown was different ; Two hundred years later ; What about progress in reverse? ; Time to get back to basics ; The 28 great ideas that are changing the world --
pt. I. Structuring a government with all power in the people ; The founders' political spectrum ; What is left? What is right? ; The founding fathers used a more accurate yardstick ; Ruler's law ; The founders' attraction to people's law ; Characteristics of anglo-saxons and ancient Israel ; Memorializing the two examples of people's law ; The founders' struggle to establish people's law ; First constitution too close to anarchy ; The genius of the constitutional convention in 1787 ; A special device to encourage open discussion ; The balanced center ; America's three-headed eagle ; The two wings of the eagle ; Thomas Jefferson describes the need for balance ; Jefferson's conversation with Washington ; Jefferson's concern about radicals ; The founders warn against the collectivist left ; The need for an "enlightened electorate" ; The founders' common denominator of basic beliefs ; Fundamental principles --
pt. II. The founders' basic principles : The genius of natural law ; A virtuous and moral people ; Virtuous and moral leaders ; The role of religion ; The role of creator ; All mean are created equal ; Equal rights, not equal things ; Man's unalienable rights ; The role of revealed law ; Sovereignty of the people ; Who can alter the government? ; Advantages of a republic ; Protection against human frailty ; Property rights essential to liberty ; Free-market economics ; The separation of powers ; Checks and balances ; Importance of a written constitution ; Limiting and defining the powers of government ; Majority rule, minority rights ; Strong local self-government ; Government by law, not by men ; Importance of an educated electorate ; Peace through strength ; Avoid entangling alliances ; Protecting the role of the family ; Avoiding the burden of debt ; The founders' sense of manifest destiny.
Other Titles: 28 great ideas that changed the world
Five thousand year leap
Twenty eight great ideas that changed the world
Responsibility: W. Cleon Skousen.

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"Discover the 28 Principles of Freedom our Founding Fathers said must be understood and perpetuated by every people who desire peace, prosperity, and freedom. Learn how adherence to these beliefs during the past 200 years has brought about more progress than was made in the previous 5000 years"--Page 4 of cover.

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