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Dan Wolf photo for bio150My goal is that my writing will help you to get started on your own journey of discovery, or help you along the way on a journey you may have already begun. Our Founders considered education, religion, morality, and virtue to be the cornerstones for any successful society. Being successful requires understanding both the languages of reason and faith; reason alone is insufficient.

This requires discovering how one is to ‘live rightly’, which is where this website’s name comes from. Unfortunately, our education system today no longer teaches what we need to remain free and independent, and as a result we are in danger of losing our way. But it is not too late. In the end we each have the freedom to choose, and the ability to learn. There are many who have already blazed a trail for us; we only need the will to embrace the challenge and make the effort. We won’t always agree on everything, and that is okay. This will be a space to exchange those ideas. What matters is that together we will recreate the societal foundation that our Founder’s, and many after them, have fought and died for.

 

A War for God by Dan WolfA War for God

Written by: Dan Wolf

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Until recently, over sixty percent of Americans believed we were on the wrong track and have for the last three years. We face two main threats today. The first one is internal and the other primarily external. The first relates to our ability to control our own lives; the second our safety and security.

Do You Want To Be Free and Collectivism and Charity examine the first threat. A significant part of the second threat is also an ideology. Islam. Is it merely a religion like Christianity or something more? We hear that extremists have highjacked Islam. Is this true, and if so, why? Why is the Middle East on fire? Is there something we are missing? How should we respond? These, and other related questions, are explored in A War for God.

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Collectivism and Charity by Dan WolfCollectivism and Charity

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Two-thirds or more Americans today believe we are no longer on the right track. What has happened? How have we gotten here? We have lost our way; people understand this and are reacting to it. This is evidenced by Donald Trump’s nomination and Britain’s vote to exit the E.U.

Do You Want To Be Free outlined both track’s foundations. Specifically, two sets of principles that have existed for over two thousand years - individualism and collectivism. These are not only contradictory, but incompatible.  The first relates to our purpose, the second does not. The first leads to our independence, the second to becoming dependent. Collectivism and Charity extends the initial analysis to the behavior we should see within a society on the right track, and how it differs from one on the wrong track. The key is charity. Self-sacrifice versus self-service. The first is rooted in virtue, the second in vice.

No people give more to charity than Americans, but are we truly charitable today? I believe we once were, but the things that set us apart as a people are no longer passed on—they are no longer taught—the structures remain but are largely empty vessels. We are always one generation away from losing both our freedom and faith. It is the same with charity, if its underpinnings are not taught then it is easy to buy into collectivism’s deception. There is a direct relationship between a society’s governing principles and charity that requires understanding the languages of reason and faith.

The book opens creating a “model of charity” and linking its supporting components to the principles in the previous work, but Collectivism and Charity stands on its own. It puts forth a hypothesis that charity is rooted in individualism. The book outlines charity’s biblical principles and their development from the state religion societies through the Enlightenment, using Jonathan Edwards’ writings to embody individualism, and those of John Locke collectivism.

The relevent principles from their writings are contrasted and compared. The discussion recognizes education’s importance, the book’s next topic. It specifically looks at the last fifty years, a period corresponding to governance changes impacting education - of slipping from the right track onto the wrong track. No judgement is made. The facts are simply laid out and compared to the ideas put forth by Edwards and Locke, before laying out a possible solution to address the issues raised during the analysis. The work closes with supposing that maybe charity is really rooted in collectivism, and briefly looks at three periods from history where collectivism prevailed: (1) Henry VIII’s becoming head of the Church of England, (2) the War for Independence and French Revolution, and (3) America’s war on poverty. It closes with a brief look at the roles of individuals and charitable organizations, and some final thoughts on our responsibility for charity and what it entails. The choice is ours.

 

Do You Want to be Free by Dan Wolf

Do You Want to Be Free? (Companion Book)

Written by: Dan Wolf

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Are we losing our freedom by forgetting the very things which set us apart? We are failing to understand history's lessons. Two governance philosophies have existed since the ancient world. This book uses material underlying those two philosophies to provide you the opportunity to reflect on who you are within creation, your freedom's source, its purpose, the beliefs of those two philosophies, how they have shaped governance, and how they each impact you and society. In the process you will discover your purpose - and find hope.

 

 

 

 
 
  
 

Want to be Free by Dan WolfDo You Want To Be Free?

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We are always only one generation away from losing both our faith and our freedom. This is because both must be learned and passed on to the next generation. In addition, freedom cannot exist in the absence of the moral foundation provided by faith.

In surveys, people generally prefer a ‘western style democracy’ to other forms of governance. We’ve seen evidence of this notion recently within the Middle East uprisings from Tunisia to Iran. We want the opportunity for our children to have a better life than we have had. We want them to receive a quality education and satisfactory healthcare. We want the freedom to make decisions about our work, whether we spend what we earn or save it, when we use it, and what we spend it on. In short we want to be able to make the decisions about those things which impact our lives, the lives of our families, and those of our communities. We believe we can make the best decisions concerning ourselves and our families. However, when looking at various measures, such as the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom, much of the world is not free.

This work begins by looking at the development of religion and governance in early civilization, then at the role of governance within those societies using ideas expressed by Plato and Aristotle. Those ideas represent a view based upon the relationship between religion and state rule. But there is also a second view focused on the individual within Plato’s thoughts. The scholastic education received by our Founding Fathers is then used to develop some basic questions related to the relationship between faith, freedom, and governance. The works of Clement of Alexandria, Augustine, and Thomas Aquinas are used to answer these questions in relation to both individuals and communities. These complete a second view of governance founded upon the individual. The development of both approaches is examined leading up to the American War for Independence and the French Revolution. Finally, passages from the Qur’an and Bible are compared in relation to the questions posed earlier. From this material, four generic approaches to governance are developed and compared citing some observations by Frederick Hayek on the differences between individualism and collectivism.

Today few Americans seem to understand freedom. There are many reasons for this, but at its heart are the attempts to: (1) change the source of freedom to man from our Creator, and (2) the separation of faith from our public life. The idea of separation of church and state has at the very least been greatly distorted from the views of our Founders, and is now used as a tool to work against some of the very ideas they fought for and believed were necessary for a civilization to be successful. Faith not only plays a critical role in freedom’s development and growth; it is vital if freedom is even to exist.

History repeats itself when man forgets its lessons. The warnings of those such as Sallust, Cicero, and Scipio go unheeded. When a people lose their moral compass – they fall. History is filled with examples: from the ancient world – Egypt, Greece, and Rome; through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance – the Islamic Caliphate, Spain, and the Napoleonic Empire; to the modern states – the Ottoman Empire, Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Today Europe is on the brink of collapse, the Middle East does not understand what it says it is looking for, and the United States is following Europe’s failed example.

We risk losing the very things that have brought us so far. But it is never too late. There is always hope. However, unless one understands where freedom comes from, and what is necessary to keep it, we run the risk of once again repeating history. Few times in our world has this been as important as it is today. There is a need for an education of conscious in regards to our freedom, faith, and governance. This book provides a start for that education.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 



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