This week Hillsdale College granted me early access to a new free online course they are offering, “Supply-Side Economics and American Prosperity with Arthur Laffer.” I am a member of their Liberty & Learning Society, and the offer was extended to me by them in gratitude for my partnership in supporting Hillsdale’s educational mission to create an informed citizenry.
This morning they asked me to extend the offer to my friends and family, i.e. my “neighbors.” Dear neighbor, won’t you join me in taking the course? The word college comes from the Latin word collegium, which means partnership. Knowledge is best pursued in a community of learners, and the joys of learning are greater when shared with a friend. You may accept this invitation to enroll by clicking here. Together, we will learn fundamental questions about taxation, regulation, money, government spending, and trade. We will learn how Americans can restore economic freedom and prosperity.
Starting this course coincided with training a few MindWolves athletes this week. While seemingly disparate things, they are actually quite relatable. Economic freedom and prosperity are intrinsically linked to personal freedom and prosperity and both are beautifully expressed in America’s Declaration of Independence.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.Opening of the second paragraph of The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.
To endow is to provide with a quality, ability, or asset. In other words, we are all created by God with unique qualities, abilities, and talents. We are to use these gifts to live a purposeful and meaningful life. These rights are entitlements that can not be taken away from us. Recognition of these facts is the basis of economic and personal freedom. Moreover, to secure these rights, governments are instituted by humans, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, their fellow humans.
The intersection of taking this Hillsdale course and training MindWolves athletes was an affirming revelation for me. It affirms my purpose and calling to teach and counsel those that love God and America. It confirms the audience I seek to serve:
- People who attend formal worship services at a church or synagogue (corporate worship)
- People who invest personal study, prayer, and time with God (personal worship)
- People who make their living in corporate America and want something to bring it back to what’s important.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I am grateful for you,