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    Former Guinness World Record Holder for largest book signing ever, Orrin Woodward is a NY Times bestselling author of And Justice For All along with RESOLVED & coauthor of LeaderShift and Launching a Leadership Revolution. His books have sold over one million copies in the financial, leadership and liberty fields. RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions For LIFE made the Top 100 All-Time Best Leadership Books and the 13 Resolutions are the framework for the top selling Mental Fitness Challenge personal development program.

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And Justice For All

Posted by Orrin Woodward on April 30, 2014

Lady Justice

Lady Justice

I am so excited to be finally releasing the first of a trilogy of books on the never-ending power-struggle between the State and Society in human history. And Justice for All will be released at the LIFE Leadership Major Convention in Columbus Ohio in June. I am so thankful to the LIFE Leaders who have blessed me with their friendship, thoughts, and suggestions to make this book better.

A special thanks to my amazing wife Laurie Woodward and our two youngest sons (Lance and Jeremy) for participating in our family discussions upon the concepts in this book. I have experienced first-hand the growth of these two teenager of their knowledge of the roles of the State and Society. 

Here is a short segment from the book to illustrate the power of ideas in one’s life.


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Author Warren T. Brookes captures how the duality within human nature and methods for creating wealth has led to a division within the science of economics as well:

One view, defined by Adam Smith and Jean-Baptist Say, is that wealth is primarily metaphysical, the results of ideas, imagination, innovation, and individual creativity, and is therefore, relatively speaking, unlimited, susceptible to great growth and development . . . After all, if wealth truly is metaphysical, the result more of mind than matter, the “wealth of nations” has to be seen as the direct result of the creative activity of individuals and the degree to which that activity is either liberated or restricted by governmental, trade, or societal structures and strictures . . . The other, espoused by Thomas Malthus and Karl Marx, contends that wealth is essentially and primarily physical, and therefore ultimately finite. The modern presentation of this view argues that since usable energy is steadily diminishing into entropy, all wealth is really cost to be shared more equitably . . .  If one believes that wealth is primarily a function of material resources, and is therefore limited (or declining), it is only natural that one would see the role of economic policy as the just and collective conservation, distribution, and redistribution of these limited resources until the end is reached.

Smith and Say believe wealth is metaphysical, and since ideas are unlimited, society should employ the “economics means” of wealth creation to raise the tide of humanity and its societal ships. In contrast, Malthus and Marx believe wealth is physical, and since resources are limited, society should employ the “political means” of wealth expropriation to direct the tide equitably between societal ships. This divergence in economic thought relates back to the divergence in methods to create wealth which tracks back to the divergence within man himself.

One of the key objectives of this book is to educate leaders in the systematic interactions between these two opposing forces within society.  For only when this is understood can we achieve long lasting concord within society.  Towards that end, there are three questions that must be answered in order to achieve enduring concord within society.

  1. What areas of society prosper best under liberty and persuasion?
  2. What is the proper role of government within society to ensure justice for all?
  3. How does society check government’s “monopoly of force” from expanding into areas it doesn’t belong?

23 Responses to “And Justice For All”

  1. Chad Waters said

    Hi Orrin!

    Great article and can’t wait to read the whole book! As a society many will get answers from your continuous research and writing styles so many more can understand.
    Thanks for your servant leadership and desire to help so many!

    God Bless
    Chad Waters.

  2. Scott Staley said

    I’m excited to have the book soon! Thank you for being a passionate student, and for sharing that with us.

  3. Jim Storhok said

    If this book is anything like the others you’ve written, we are all in for a huge lesson…and treat! Thanks Orrin for all you do!

  4. Matt Mielke said

    Cannot wait for the book Orrin. Thank you for expanding the conversation on these important topics. You help me understand the complex by making it more simple.

    • Josh Bayless said

      Thanks Matt for running after Orrin and creating a gap for the rest of us who are running behind you. This book is going to be historical in so many ways! 🙂

  5. Can’t wait for this book to be released Orrin! More truth = more freedom (if applied)…You rock! Thank you for all you do!

  6. Clint Fix said

    I cannot wait for this book, Orrin! Did I hear Chris Brady mention that when this book comes out that it would be part of a freedom pack similar to the financial pack?

    • Orrin Woodward said

      Yes, we are completing a workbook and Chris and I produced 4 CDs elaborating on the concepts. Not sure if pack will be done by convention, but I know book will be. 🙂 thanks, Orrin

  7. Tracy Burling said

    Thank you for writing yet another book that I can learn from and understand how we should think, not only as individuals but as families and a country. I am looking forward to reading this and being at the June Convention!

  8. Chris Schill said

    Can’t wait!! Woo hoo!!!

  9. Will Johanning said

    I’m so excited for the release of this book! I can only imagine the impact it will have when the spark of inspiration hits as readers start detecting the certitude themselves! Your writing always amazes me.

  10. You mean I can’t read it all right away! It’s going to be 3 books!?!?

    I read this with mixed emotions.. one side says “NOOOOO! I don’t want to wait!!!”
    … but then the other side thinks “AWESOME!!! 2 more books to come! That means so much information will be at our disposal, and people won’t avoid reading due to it being too big!”

    Thanks Orrin, I can’t wait to read it!

  11. Titi Woki said

    I can’t wait to dig into this book! I can’t tell you how much your books have helped me understand Liberty and what the role of the individual is in society as well as that of Government! Thank you for making complex subjects simple for all of us to digest and grasp truth!

  12. Matt Foote said


    I am so excited for this book and for the Freedom Pack. Thank you so much for leading the way.


  13. Rick Satterstrom said

    I too am looking forward to learning more. I have heard of the two concepts discussed before, but didn’t know how two very differing views could be out there and one was not proved to be wrong. Maybe there’s a little truth to each side, maybe neither has a good base on facts. Looking forward to reading your thoughts on the matter. Thanks Orrin for spreading more truths. We need them.

  14. Absolutely captivating in its profundity! I can’t wait…imagination running wild at the prospect of the discoveries within!
    This introduction alone will clear up a mountain of confusion regarding our economic roller coaster.
    Well done Orrin!

  15. Robert said

    I am excited to read the entire book. When we come to realize that it does all start with us, We our image of wealth is created with in out minds first. We can then decide if we are going to create it ourselves by our though processes and then through our own action or if we are going to wait for the physical to manifest itself through others actions as we rely on their work instead of our own. You are amazing and I am looking forward to the book this June. Robert

  16. Kerry Konecny said

    Hi Orrin,

    Here is a great talk from Senator Mike Lee at the Heritage Foundation…thought you might like it…he nails what you have been saying about cronyism!(Is he in LIFE???) =)

    Thank you for all of your blood, sweat, and tears!

    Kerry Konecny

  17. CJ Calvert said

    Orrin… I am not surprised, but am in awe, by the profound depth of thought on display in your excerpt. Most leader books sell the sizzle without the steak, leaving the reader hungry for a “big idea.” The conceptual meat of those few paragraphs, describing the tug of war between metaphysical and physical source of money, is a veritable feast for the intellect. There isn’t another leader in any other company in our industry who could pen such a tome. I am honored to know you.

  18. Chuck Summers said


    I believe that most people are by default taught that resources are limited and that the economic pie is finite, meaning that if one person gains, another, by definition, loses. How much more freeing is the idea that capital is truly unlimited, allowing transactions to be truly win-win. The Bible says that God gives us the ability to create wealth! That means that it is not fixed. How inspiring and idea!

    Thanks for crystallizing the idea further.


  19. Thomas Taylor said

    Looking forward to your newest writings and Freedom pack! I found a question in my studies that Thomas Jefferson once asked; “Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath?”
    Orrin…You have opened up a whole new world for us to explore, ask questions, and gain knowledge! We can now seek and find answers to improve as individuals, and as a country. Thank you for your guidance and wisdom…God Bless, Tom

  20. Rickey E Alterman said

    I thank you Orrin for your efforts. Your time and freedom to compose has given all of us the the advantages of your insights and your devotion to digging for information we would otherwise not have the time or ability to compile. Always insightful and thought provoking.

  21. Antonio Rosselli said

    Very interesting view about wealth …

    Physical vs Metaphysical …

    I believe that resources must be better understood and leveraged in a better way too ( in general ) …

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