Orrin Woodward: Life Leadership

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    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 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.

    Orrin made the Top 20 Inc. Magazine Leadership list & has co-founded two multi-million dollar leadership companies. Currently, he serves as the Chairman of the Board of the LIFE Leadership. He has a B.S. degree from GMI-EMI (now Kettering University) in manufacturing systems engineering. He holds four U.S. patents, and won an exclusive National Technical Benchmarking Award.

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Fire the Manager and Hire the Leader

Posted by Orrin Woodward on May 22, 2014

Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, when asked what made him great, responded, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.”  This simple statement concisely explains the difference between leaders and managers. Leaders acknowledge the present realities (where the puck is) but never forget the future possibilities (where the puck is going).

This is the key difference between leaders and managers. Whereas managers seek to organize the present resources of a company, a leader seeks to build the resources of a company by creating products, services, and systems that satisfy currently unmet needs in the marketplace.

Vision is tomorrow’s reality expressed as an idea today and leaders are the drivers that make today’s ideas tomorrow’s reality. Are you a leader actively sailing your ship to its future or merely a manager allowing the wind to blow you where it will? LIFE Leadership is about teaching people to seize the helm and sail! My advice is to fire the manager and hire the leader within.

The world has plenty of people capable of managing the results of your productivity, but is suffering from a dearth of true leadership. Despite having no guarantee of success, despite lacking all the relevant data and despite competing against bigger and faster ships, leaders still muster the courage to set sail upon the rough seas of free enterprise.

So what are you waiting for? Get out of the harbor of life and out onto the high seas. This is where the adventures, the learning, and the prizes are in life. Will everything go perfectly? Of course not! But refusing to leave he harbor ensures that you will never arrive at your port of destination. Leaders must leave home port to arrive at their future destination.

Perhaps you think the effort is not worth the reward. Only those who have not experienced the joy of sailing on the high seas could contemplate such a thought. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry described it best, “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”  Personally, I yearn for the high seas that God has called me to and seek others of similar intestinal fortitude to take the journey with me.

Thus reminds me of Ernest Shackleton’s advertisement seeking men to be the first to journey to the South pole. The ad read, “Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in event of success.” Interestingly, there were no guarantees, nor huge bonuses, but just the challenge of doing something great together!

In fact, it’s the challenge of doing something that has never been done before that unites a team and steels their resolve to finish what they have started.  At the Columbus LIFE Leadership Convention, on June 21 of 2014 (Saturday starting at 8am until every book is signed), LIFE Leadership will seek to do what has never been done before in the history of mankind.

With Guinness World Records staff officially tracking the proceedings, LIFE will seek to break the all-time record for Largest Book Signing. The goal is to break over 5,000 books signed in one sitting. Perhaps, if enough people participate, and my hand holds out :) we can break 6,000 books signed!

In any event, leaders make events like this possible and I would like to thank all the leaders in advance who intend to play a part in making history in Ohio. Isn’t it time to fire the manager and hire the leader in your life?


Orrin Woodward

Guinness Book of World Records Attempt

Guinness Book of World Records Attempt

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Seek Wisdom

Posted by Orrin Woodward on May 15, 2014

Life is less like a box of chocolates and more like a box of jalapeños. If you don’t apply wisdom, what you do today may burn your butt tomorrow.

I read a tweet recently from Brian Powers on life, chocolates, and jalapeños. I changed the quote slightly to tie it to the importance of wisdom and the quote above resulted. Life truly is about gaining wisdom in the 8F’s so that one can learn to handle any situation with peace and grace. Since everyone experiences the ups and downs in life, wisdom is the key delineator between successfully navigating the storms of life or being added to the growing list of shipwrecked lives.

Relativism = Value Free

Relativism = Value Free

The Free Dictionary defines wisdom as the ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight. If wisdom requires on to judge between truthfulness and rightness of one’s actions then one must believe that there is truth and right in the world. After all, how can one discern truth and right when one is a relativist and rejects the notions of good/evil, truth/error, and right/wrong?

LIFE Leadership begins with this foundational principle to seek wisdom. The Bible states, “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind” and the transformation for many begins with the recognition of a moral order in the world. For without this moral order, seeking wisdom is a fools errand as one would have rejected the goal (discerning truth) before one begins the journey.

One of the many things I love about the LIFE Leadership community is it is difficult to remain a relativist when one attempts to lead. Leadership, at its essence, is buying into one’s purpose/vision and then selling it to others. This purpose/vision must be inspirational and rational in order to be bought into with conviction by the community. However, a relativist struggles with conviction. This isn’t surprising when one considers that a relativist’s statement of faith centers around, “nothing is true absolutely.” Of course, my quick rejoinder is, “are you absolutely sure that nothing is true absolutely?”

This is the quandary for all relativist who attempt to lead a community. If he answers my question by saying, “I am absolutely sure,” then he has disproved his own statement of faith. If he says, “I am not absolutely sure,” then I say, “great, let’s help you start reading, listening, and associating, so you can be sure about what you believe.”

At the end of the day, it’s the leader’s certainty, and the conviction that comes from this certainty, that creates the passion around the purpose for other’s to follow. Thus, knowing why you believe what you believe is foundational to all leadership.

How has LIFE Leadership helped you develop wisdom in life and discern truth and right in today’s relativistic age?


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Central Banks Lead a Monetary Cartel

Posted by Orrin Woodward on May 13, 2014

My studies for my new book And Justice for All (to be released by LIFE Leadership) have led me to an interesting conclusion – the central banking led bank cartel has captured Western Civilization’s productive capacity. It all centers around the mysterious Fraction Reserve Banking (FRB) process. The (FRB) process could not abuse society to the extent it does without the State approved cartel that backs the Too Big Too Fail (TBTF) entities. Indeed, the cartel permits banks to carry minimum reserve requirements and loan out money it technically does not have.

Fractional Reserve Banking

Fractional Reserve Banking

For instance, imagine a FRB system with a reserve requirement of 5%. This allows the FRB system to turn $1,000,000 into $20,000,000 (1 million/.05 = 20 million). The $1 million has been turned into 20 million, creating $19 million extra dollars out of FRB thin air). Even with just a 5% interest rate, this is approximately $1 million in interest income on an original investment of $1 million! This is an astronomical ROI of 100% before expenses because of the wonders of the FRB process. This cartel-protected profit is drawn from the productive elements of society who are paying interest on money that only exist on a ledger sheet or computer screen. If any other business were to attempt to sell 20 times as much product as he actually had on hand, he would be convicted of fraud. Not so with our State protected FRB cartel system.

Even worse, the FRB increases in the money supply leads to inflation and the subsequent boom/bust cycle. Basically, the fractional loans expand the money supply by further FRB loans until the people are buried in debt and can no longer service it. At this point, the debtors are bankrupted and the house, car, or business assets associated with the loans are returned to the bank. However, during a bust cycle, many debtors in society default at the same time sending the defaulted upon assets back to the banks at a sliver of their former prices. For just as the boom cycle inflated the money supply and prices through the FRB process initiating new loans, the numerous defaults deflate the money supply and prices when the loans are canceled.

In America, the 2008 financial debacle was caused by the boom/bust cycle activated by excessive FRB loans to non-qualified borrowers. When the original manageable interest-only payments reset to the higher interest and principal payments, the house owners defaulted en masse (many bankrupting themselves in the process). The meteoric rise in prices during the housing boom can be traced back to FRB system bubbling up the money supply through approving practically all mortgages. Of course, the central bank is designed as a lender of last resort if banks suffer too many defaults at any given time. But 2008 bust was bigger than the centrally planned cartel-managers could manage. In fact, the losses were so great that the big banks could not borrow enough money from the Fed Reserve to avoid bankrupting themselves (like they had so many consumers); therefore, the central banks and its crony cartel banks ran to the USA Treasury. Shamefully, rather than pay the piper for the FRB misdeeds, they instead sought State bailouts claiming they were TBTF. In essence, society suffered doubly from the evils inherent within the FRB cartel – it loses copious amounts of wealth during the bust period and then is forced to pick up the tab to “save” the banking systems profits. Is this really And Justice For All?

Ron Paul explains his thoughts on the banking cartel (which corroborates my research) in his book End the Fed:

American presidents actually worked to implement and defend the gold standard, which put a brake on the ability of the largest banks to expand credit without limit. The gold standard worked like a regulator in this way. Ultimately, banks had to function like every other business. They could expand and make risky loans up to a point, but when faced with bankruptcy, they had nowhere they could turn. They would have to contract loans and deal with extreme financial pressures. Risk bearing is a wonderful mechanism for regulating human decision making. This created a culture of lending discipline.

In the jargon of the day, the system lacked “elasticity.” That’s another way of saying that banks couldn’t expand money and credit as much as they wanted. They couldn’t inflate without limit and count on a centralized institution to bail them out…

The banking industry has always had trouble with the idea of a free market that provides opportunities for both profits and losses. The first part, the industry likes. The second part is another issue. That is the reason for the constant drive in American history towards the centralization of money and banking, a trend that not only benefits the largest banks with the most to lose from a sound money system, but also the government, which is able to use an elastic system as an alternative form of revenue support. The coalition of government and big bankers provides the essential backbone of support for the centralization of money and credit…

Consider the Soviet case: to my knowledge, no business ever went under with the Soviet system but society in general grew ever poorer. Think of that Soviet system applied to the banking industry and you have the Fed.


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Compensated Communities Equals Creative Destruction

Posted by Orrin Woodward on May 8, 2014

Leadership, in any field, demands individuals who can think for themselves. Unfortunately, in today’s conformance-oriented culture, thinking is in short supply. For instance, the fear of ridicule causes more people to fail in life than lack of talent ever has. I am not proposing people rebel against all societal norms since that is just as thoughtless as conforming to all. Rather, I am suggesting that a person ought to think through what is truly important in his life and then follow the proper principle-centered trail to achieve it.

Why follow the masses into mediocrity if you have a burning desire to do something worthwhile? Yes, many won’t understand you; yes, many will laugh at your naiveté; yes, some will even fight against you. Nonetheless, a person who is true to his or her purpose is the only one who can live a life of no regrets. This, in fact, is what led me into the leadership field. For as an engineer, I realized that my efforts to reach the mountaintop, despite enjoying immense success, was not taking me where I wanted to go.

Thankfully, God, in His matchless wisdom, opened another door for me. It wasn’t the products or company that attracted me to network marketing, but rather an embryonic leadership engine that captivated me. Although not fully understood, the origins of LIFE Leadership were formed while studying the best training organizations within network marketing. These training organizations somehow managed to build loyal tribes of people who bought and sold the company’s products.

It didn’t take long for me to realize that the secret to massive results in network marketing was less the specific product sold and more one’s ability to lead people. The products can change (even within the same company) but relationships can be for life. This breakthrough led me to form a leadership training company and launch a revolution in leadership and community building.

Indeed, Chris Brady, Tim Marks, and I started meeting every Monday morning to design and PDCA our fledgling training company. Our goal was to teach people the essentials of leadership, systems, and processes to build communities. The results were nothing short of spectacular. From 200 people in attendance monthly in 1998, we grew to over 5,000 in monthly attendance by 2003. We surpassed the growth of all other organizations and proved the adage that everything rises and falls on leadership.

Creative Destruction

Creative Destruction

Leaders, in effect, cause Schumpeter’s Creative Destruction to occur wherever they go. Average results are not acceptable to leaders; therefore, they are driven to change the rules, the culture, and themselves in order to win. This drive to excel is what causes the Creative Destruction in each field which enhances society. However, like all change, what benefits society at large does not benefit everyone equally. For any time a new entrant climbs to the top, the older, more established organizations, are forced to adjust.

LIFE Leadership is causing adjustments throughout network marketing. Of course, LIFE is loved by those who enjoy the benefits of the world-class leadership and personal development training. Not surprisingly, however, the new methods and approaches to network marketing – so transformational that it has birthed a new field called Compensated Community – are disliked by the old-guard who resist any change to the existing pecking order. Although LIFE seeks to improve society and carries malice towards none, it refuses to tolerate mediocrity in any area it is involved. If this mindset upsets the marketplace, then so be it.

What areas of mediocrity are you tolerating in life? LIFE Leadership provides the personal development products needed to generate the Creative Destruction necessary for you to live the life you’ve always wanted? What are you waiting for? If your ladder is leaning against the wrong wall then it only makes sense to move it. Perhaps your destiny awaits your move into LIFE Leadership’s Compensated Community.


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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?

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Ancient Greece’s Power Pendulum

Posted by Orrin Woodward on April 19, 2014

The Six Duties of Society (SDS) and the Five Laws of Decline (FLD) are present in every human society because it the seeds of both processes are inherent within the human heart. LIFE Leadership is a company that focuses on expanding the SDS and restraining the FLD. In a similar fashion, every successful society rises under the impetus of the SDS and eventually falls when the FLD kill it.

I promise that anyone who reads history with an SDS and FLD mindset will see it everywhere. For instance, the following video about the Greeks and the Power Pendulum is from a talk I gave last year. Listen to the video and tell me where else you have seen the FLD working within society.


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Robinson Crusoe: The Entrepreneur

Posted by Orrin Woodward on April 16, 2014

Financial Fitness Pack

Financial Fitness Pack

This is part 2 of Hernando de Soto’s enlightening example of the savings process role in a non-State-interventionist’s free market economy.  LIFE Leadership has taught, since its inception, the three keys to wealth (1. Long term Vision; 2. Delayed Gratification; 3. Utilize the Power of Compounding). Unfortunately, the State does not follow these concepts and, since 1913, it has rarely attempted to apply these principles. Instead, it chooses inflation, taxation, and debt accumulation, seeking short-term bandaid fixes while the underlying issues become a greater risk to society’s future.

Needless to say, the current lack of long term vision, delayed gratification, and positive power of compounding must be changed. I believe the only way to change the political process is to change the thinking of the populace. Instead of demanding the State take care of everything, what if we put the State on a fixed budget and demanded they balance it? Imagine someone in Washington having to balance the budget like practically every household in the world must.

The State must end the temporary stopgaps (printing money and debt growth) which only mortgage our children’s financial futures to satisfy the State’s financial lunacy.

What can we do? We can start by displaying financial literacy in our own home by applying the principles from the LIFE Leadership Financial Fitness Pack. On a weekly basis, I am receiving letters, emails, and LIFE Lines describing how the Financial Fitness Pack has changed their financial future. Indeed, how can we criticize the financial mess in Washington until we model the proper behavior personally?

Let’s lead our homes first and then find leaders who will do the same in every branch of government.

If you have applied the principles from the Financial Fitness Pack and have achieved progress in your personal financial situation then please share a comment below.


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Robinson Crusoe’s production process, like any other, clearly arises from an act of entrepreneurial creativity, the actor’s realization that he stands to benefit, i.e., he can accomplish ends more valuable to him, by employing action processes which require a longer period of time (because they include more stages). Thus action or production processes yield capital goods, which are simply intermediate economic goods in an action process whose aim has not yet been reached. The actor is only willing to sacrifice his immediate consumption (i.e., to save) if he thinks that by doing so he will achieve goals he values more (in this case, the production of ten times more berries than he could gather by hand).

Furthermore Robinson Crusoe must attempt to coordinate as well as possible his present behavior with his foreseeable future behavior. More specifically, he must avoid initiating action processes that are excessively long in relation to his savings: it would be tragic for him to run out of berries (that is, to consume all he has saved) halfway through the process of producing a capital good and without reaching his goal. He must also refrain from saving too much with respect to his future investment needs, since by doing so he would only unnecessarily sacrifice his immediate consumption. Robinson Crusoe’s subjective assessment of his time preference is precisely what enables him to adequately coordinate or adjust his present behavior in relation to his future needs and behavior.

On the one hand, the fact that his time preference is not absolute makes it possible for him to forfeit some of his present consumption over a period of several weeks with the hope of thus being able to produce the stick. On the other hand, the fact that he does have a time preference explains why he only devotes his efforts to creating a capital good he can produce in a limited period of time and which requires sacrificing and saving for a limited number of days.

If Robinson Crusoe had no time preference, nothing would stop him from dedicating all of his efforts to building a hut right away (which, for example, might take him a month minimum), a plan he would not be able to carry out without first having saved a large quantity of berries. Therefore he would either starve to death or the project, out of all proportion to his potential saving, would soon be interrupted and abandoned. At any rate, it is important to understand that the real saved resources (the berries in the basket) are precisely the ones which enable Robinson Crusoe to survive during the time period he spends producing the capital good and during which he ceases to gather berries directly.

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Robinson Crusoe the Capitalist?

Posted by Orrin Woodward on April 14, 2014

Jesus Huerta de Soto

Jesus Huerta de Soto

In Hernando de Soto’s fantastic book Money, Bank Credit, and Economic Cycles, he uses a simple example from Robinson Crusoe to explain how savings is essential for the free enterprise process. Understanding these concepts at the simplest levels helps one decipher the more complicated cases in today’s modern economies. I have spent the last year really studying the fractional reserve banking (FRB) methods and now realize the highly inflationary nature of this process.

Unfortunately, the modern State’s marriage to the banking system has only exacerbated the ill effects of FRB by juicing the whole process with fiat money created through the central banks. Thus, the money supply grows precipitously during the Boom process and banks enjoy massive profits until the borrowers (both business and consumers) realize their inability to repay the debts at the now inflated prices cause the the monetary expansion. Of course, this leads to the Bust when debt defaults rapidly reverse the FRB monetary expansion.

LIFE Leadership is just months away from releasing my new book And Justice for All that reveals the SDS and FLD and how they interact within society. Increasingly, entrepreneurs are failing because they can no longer make accurate predictions based upon current prices thanks to the Boom/Bust FRB cycles. With that said, however, I am not a doom and gloom person as I believe the truth sets you free. It’s time for We the People to learn, live, and apply truth in the areas of finances (both personally, professionally, and societally) and restore the American (along with every other societies) Dream for the next-generation.

Here is part I of a two part series.


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The sine qua non for producing capital goods is saving, or the relinquishment or postponement of immediate consumption. Indeed in an action process the actor will only be able to reach successive and increasingly time-consuming intermediate stages if he has first sacrificed the chance to undertake actions which would produce a more immediate result. In other words, he must give up the achievement of immediate ends which would satisfy current human needs (consumption).

To illustrate this important concept, we will use the example given by Böhm-Bawerk to explain the process of saving and investment in capital goods carried out by an individual actor in an isolated situation, such as Robinson Crusoe on his island. Let us suppose that Robinson Crusoe has just arrived on his island and spends his time picking berries by hand, his only means of subsistence. Each day he devotes all of his efforts to gathering berries, and he picks enough to survive and can even eat a few extra daily.

After several weeks on this diet, Robinson Crusoe makes the entrepreneurial discovery that with a wooden stick several meters long, he could reach higher and further, strike the bushes with force and gather the necessary berries much quicker. The only problem is that he estimates it could take him five whole days to find a suitable tree from which to take the stick and then to prepare it by pulling off its branches, leaves, and imperfections. During this time he will be compelled to interrupt his berry picking. If he wants to produce the stick, he will have to reduce his consumption of berries for a time and store the remainder in a basket until he has enough to survive for five days, the predicted duration of the production process of the wooden stick.

After planning his action, Robinson Crusoe decides to undertake it, and therefore he must first save a portion of the berries he picks by hand each day, reducing his consumption by that amount. This clearly means he must make an inevitable sacrifice, which he nevertheless deems well worth his effort in relation to the goal he longs to achieve. So he decides to reduce his consumption (in other words, to save) for several weeks while storing his leftover berries in a basket until he has accumulated an amount he believes will be sufficient to sustain him while he produces the stick. This example shows that each process of investment in capital goods requires prior saving; that is, a decrease in consumption, which must fall below its potential level.

Once Robinson Crusoe has saved enough berries, he spends five days searching for a branch from which to make his wooden stick, separating it from the tree and perfecting it. What does he eat during the five days it takes him to prepare the stick, a production process which forces him to interrupt his daily harvest of berries? He simply consumes the berries he accumulated in the basket over the preceding several-week period during which he saved the necessary portion from his handpicked berries and experienced some hunger. In this way, if Robinson Crusoe’s calculations were correct, at the end of five days he will have the stick (a capital good), which represents an intermediate stage removed in time (by five days of saving) from the immediate processes of the berry production (by hand) which up to that point had occupied him.

With the finished stick Robinson Crusoe can reach places inaccessible to him by hand and strike the bushes with force, multiplying his production of berries by ten. As a result, from that point on his stick enables him to gather in one-tenth of a day the berries he needs to survive, and he can spend the rest of his time resting or pursuing subsequent goals that are much more important to him (like building a hut or hunting animals to vary his diet and make clothes).

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Anti-Federalist Fears are Today’s Reality

Posted by Orrin Woodward on April 8, 2014

The Federalist/Anti-Federalist debates at the founding of America have some of the best insights into government and society that have ever been written. Unfortunately, few have read both sides of the debate. I am working on a book project that will provide the main points from both sides and discuss where history has proven each side right.

LIFE Leadership is about providing truth for one to learn how to think and reason in order to better his/her life. I am so thankful I get to do what I do with the greatest compensated community and customer base in the world! :) Below is a short segment from the upcoming work.


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The Anti-Federalist

The Anti-Federalist

“[C]onstitutions are not so necessary to regulate the conduct
of good rulers as to restrain that of bad ones.”
—Robert Yates (Brutus), Anti-Federalist

What the Anti-Federalists Had to Say

The Anti-Federalists had a number of very important things to say about the powers of the sword and the purse. For example, as one Anti-Federalist wrote in the Pennsylvania Minority Report: “[T]he new government will not be a [cooperation] of states, as it ought, but one consolidated government, founded upon the [federal control] of…the states…”

In other words, one huge problem with the Constitution was that it gave too much power to the federal government, swinging the nation in the direction of Coercion—as I have already discussed. But the really interesting thing is exactly how the Pennsylvania Minority Report predicted that this would happen:

The Federalists

The Federalists

“The powers of Congress under the new constitution, are complete and unlimited over the purse and the sword, and are perfectly independent of, and supreme over, the state governments, whose intervention in these great points is entirely destroyed. By virtue of their power of taxation, Congress may command the whole, or any part of the property of the people.

“They may impose what imposts upon commerce; they may impose what land taxes, poll taxes, excises, duties on all written instruments, and duties on every other article that they may judge proper; in short, every species of taxation, whether of an external or internal nature is comprised in section the 8th, of article the 1st [of the Constitution], viz., ‘The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises, to pay the debts, and provide for the common defence and general welfare of the United States.”

This was a major concern for the Anti-Federalists. They predicted that the federal government would use the power of the sword as an excuse to increase the federal power of the purse, and then just keep increasing their powers until the federal government did much, much more than protect our national defense.

They saw that the federal powers of sword and purse would lead to federal involvement in every facet of our lives. This is exactly what happened.

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America’s Power Pendulum

Posted by Orrin Woodward on April 2, 2014

American society is moving away from concord and quickly into coercion. Where people used to function with leadership and service to others, it is now functioning more and more under compulsion and threats. Unfortunately, this is the normal outcome when the State assumes responsibility for society’s roles.

In my soon-to-be-released book And Justice for All, I cover the roles of the force State and free society. Anytime the roles get mixed up the Power Pendulum moves into either chaos or coercion. LIFE Leadership is an all-volunteer community based upon leadership and service to others. Our goal is to build compensated communities and teach people entrepreneurship and the principles of a healthy civilization.

Below is a portion of a talk I gave last year in Saginaw, Michigan.


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