Americans are longing to give their children a legacy of freedom and prosperity. History clearly details the only proven plan for such a legacy. Sadly, the pages of history are filled with the stories of poverty and tyranny that have dominated virtually all civilizations for 5,000 years. The few exceptions have followed the only proven strategy to sustained wealth and economic growth. America's forebears were Biblicists. They understood that the pattern of economic failure began with the first covetous murder of Abel by Cain. They knew that as men progressively turned from their Creator, they looked to enrich themselves at the expense of others. The ancients soon discovered that rather than kill others to obtain wealth, they could, through force and deceit, make those individuals slaves or servants. They then could confiscate the wealth of the people in the name of the state or the will of their fickle deities.
The economic theory or practice of all ancient societies (except for the Hebrew Republic) was that of a forced big government bureaucracy or "command economy." Professor and historian Rodney Stark defines command economies as those in the ancient or modern world in which "both markets and labor are commanded and coerced rather than allowed to function freely, and the exaction and consumption of wealth is the primary goal of the state." These command economies operate in nations in which the government controls the peoples' wealth. They lead people of all economic brackets to produce less and hide or hoard whatever wealth they have.
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