Oliver DeMille and I explain the Five Laws of Decline (FLD) in our newly released NY Times bestseller LeaderShift. I originally developed the FLD back in 2008 to explain why companies and societies predictably decline. Indeed, learning to check the FLD is essential for turning around any ailing company or community. Not surprisingly, these five laws are thriving in American Government today. In fact, with the latest disclosures of the IRS targeting conservative groups, the Five Laws of Decline, if anything, appear to be accelerating. The Founding Fathers intentions of a limited government to provide internal and external defense has been steamrolled by the FLD. Originally, the founders limited federal taxation through state checks and constitutional apportionment. Predictably, although America needed 200 years to reach a trillion dollar national debt, today, it increases over a trillion dollars every year. Evidently, the wisecrack who said, “How did you go broke?” “Well, it was slow at first, but really fast at the end,” spoke more truth than he realized.
President Obama vowed to hold the Internal Revenue Service accountable if reports of political targeting are proven true. “If in fact IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that’s outrageous. And there’s no place for it,” Obama told reporters. “And they have to be held fully accountable. Because the IRS as an independent agency requires absolute integrity, and people have to have confidence that they’re … applying the laws in a nonpartisan way.” In LeaderShift, we explain government expansion, writing, “There is no such thing as limited government without limiting the funds available to the government.” In effect, because the government today, including the IRS, has no real checks upon its powers, the FLD explain why continued crisis and bureaucratic overreach are expanding. LeaderShift, however, doesn’t just identify the FLD. It suggests real solutions to check them in American government today. By viewing society through the FLD lens, LeaderShift studies the tide while other pundits continue to talk about the waves.
Today, on the Dennis Miller Radio Show, at 11:15 am ET, I will be discussing how the FLD are destroying American freedoms through unchecked power-hungry organizations like the IRS. When the State increases its role in America, it does so through an increased use of force. Accordingly, as the coercive State increases, the voluntary communities within society correspondingly decrease, leaving more force and less freedoms for its citizens. Whomever said ignorance was bliss was plain ignorant, and ignorance of the Five Laws of Decline is one of the main reasons America is losing its freedoms and purpose. This is a call for all concerned Americans to get educated on the FLD and how to check them within organization, communities, and society.