Who Is Leading This Thing

14 08 2014

I recently read a blog post (with accompanied video) by Tim Marks with jaw dropping amazement and anger as to how much I am not Voyage of a Vikingaware of. I have watched this video 4 times now. I am reposting this blog for a simple reason, I hope it has the same affect on you! I hope you watch it, show someone else, and then show someone else.

Enjoy, Steve Leurquin

 

ARE YOU LEFT, RIGHT, OR IN THE MIDDLE?

Over years of a self-directed education, having read many books on a variety of topics including history and politics, I always try to step back and look at the facts as they are and not as I want them to be.   With that in mind, I’d like to share a video from Edward Griffin, an excellent researcher and historian.  I don’t agree with him on everything, but he offers some thought-provoking insights on our political parties.
In this clip, Griffin shares a bone-chilling question that was asked by a university history professor who actually mentored William Clinton while he was a student (a question that is the opposite of what I personally stand for.)  The question asked was:
“How do you let people think they are directing their own political destiny, while at the same time we, the elite, are [actually] the ones  directing their political destiny, without them [the people] knowing it?”
The answer, once you hear it, will cast a light on the political charade we see in our government today.  Remember: we can’t make our world better until we understand it.
The video below casts light on things many of us have wondered or felt from time to time, and answers some questions about why we are stuck as a country and not following any one party’s “agenda” but really following an agenda we are not even aware of.  Thankfully, through LIFE Leadership, we have excellent books like Orrin Woodward’s And Justice For All that help us all continue a self-directed political education.  Enjoy the video!
God bless,
Tim

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Monumental 2014!

1 01 2014

Happy New Year Everyone! My family and I are excited for what we know is going to be a great year for so many people who believe in Freedom! A friend of mine recently gave me a documentary by Kirk Cameron titled Monumental. It was a powerful must see for every family to say the least! Jamie and I along with our three kids nestled down with some snacks as we watched in shock what we are not being taught regarding the truth of our country’s founding.

After the movie we all shared what we got most from it and I want to tell you, our kids (your kids too) get it! My wife and I have chose early on to educate our children because as you will see, that was the way it was meant to be and the people who we have given the power to do it are doing a terrible job (and I’m not blaming the teachers. As a teacher I was blinded too)!

I left the trailer for you to watch in hopes that you bring in this new year by watching eye opener with your family. Happy Freedom! Enjoy, Steve Leurquin





The Power of Media

25 11 2013

Founder of Life Orrin Woodward recently put out a leadership post on the power of media and how it influences our world. It was such a great read I reposted it for you to read and think on it for yourself. Very interesting and thought provoking! Enjoy, Steve Leurquin.

 

Media Monopoly and the Five Laws of Decline

Posted by Orrin Woodward on November 24, 2013

Happy Sunday to everyone! I woke up early and continued work on my new book project. Amazingly, the research and subsequent analysis of my finding is shocking even me! I have committed to follow truth wherever it leads me in life and I have researched the below topic extensively. Never underestimate man’s fallen nature and thus the avenues people will seek to exploit others. The Bible states, “Be harmless as doves and wise as serpents.” This means to me – do not practice exploitation, but be wise enough to discover it and stop it. This is what I intend to do with the help of other people who are harmless as doves, but wise as serpents.LIFE Leadership is on the move!

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

In consequence, in any society where the FLD is progressing, one also discovers increasing control of the media by the exploiters. In essence, the media’s role is to deflect people’s attentions from the exploitations they are suffering and instead focus them on sports & entertainment, the stock market, and various political disputes that do not address the real injustices. In effect the people are lulled to sleep by the media who are funded by the FLD exploiters. For instance, Aberto Fujimori, the democratically elected leader of Peru, led a coup that  transformed the democracy into a dictatorship in 1992. He relied heavily on the support of his right-hand man Valdimiro Montesinos, who organized a mass system of bribery, payoffs, and hush money to ensure the support of influential members of Peruvian society for his dictatorship. Interestingly, however, after the fall of Fujimori’s government, the meticulously documented records of Montesinos misdeeds fell into the public’s hands. Acemoglu and Robinson wrote:

The amounts are revealing about the value of the media to a dictatorship. A Supreme Court judge was worth between $5,000 and $10,000 a month, and politicians in the same or different parties were paid similar amounts. But when it came to newspapers and TV stations, the sums were in the millions. They paid more than $1 million to a mainstream newspaper, and to other newspapers they paid any amount between $3,000 and $8,000 per headline. Fujimori and Montesinos thought that controlling the media was much more important than controlling politicians and judges. One of Montesinos’s henchmen, General Bello summed this up in one of the videos by stating, “If we do not control the television we do not do anything.”

Does anyone seriously doubt, considering human nature is common to us all, that similar activities do not occur in the Western World? True, the influence may be less direct and the bribes rationalized as perks of the job, but the result is the same. Needless to say, the exploiters use the media to redirect, entertain, and rationalize  the people into passivity. Interestingly, since all governments exist through the “consent of the governed”, the press, in a democracy, is responsible for the “manufacturing of consent” as Walter Lippmann stated nearly a century ago.

Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky

In any event, propaganda blossomed as a tool of social control during WWI when the British, realizing they were losing the “War to End All Wars” to the Germans. In consequence, they poured funds into their propaganda machine, called the Ministry of Information, to convince America to help defeat the barbaric “Huns”.  Noam Chomsky explained:

The British Ministry documents (a lot have been released) show their goal was, as they put it, to control the thought of the entire world . . . but mainly the US. . . In the US there was a counterpart. Woodrow Wilson was elected in 1916 on an anti-war platform. . . But he decided to go to war. So the question was how do you get a pacifist population to become raving anti-German lunatics so they want to go kill all the Germans? That requires propaganda. So they set up the first and really only major state propaganda agency in US history (Committee of Public Information or more commonly called the “Creel Commission” in honor of its founder George Creel). . . The task of this commission was to propagandize the population into jingoist hysteria. It worked incredibly well. Within a few months the US was able to go to war. . . the American business community was also very impressed with the propaganda effort. . . the huge public relations industry, which is a US invention and a monstrous industry came out of the first World War. . . Edward Bernays, comes right out of the Creel Commission. He has a book that came out a few years afterward called Propaganda . . . The propaganda system of the first World War and this commission that he was part of showed, he says, that it is possible to “regiment the public mind every bit as much as an army regiments their bodies.” These new techniques of regimentation of minds, he said, had to be used by “intelligent minorities” in order to make sure that the slobs stay the right course. We can do it now because we have these new techniques.

Presumably, if the few were benefitting from unjust FLD plunder over the many and knew the importance of the “consent of the governed” in a democratic republic, it would logically follow that they would seek “manufactured consent” to maintain societal  peace while they enjoyed the plunder. In fact, the big corporations (Big Banks/Big Business/Big Government), hired the members of the “Creel Commission” propaganda ministry to improve the messaging of their companies. Naturally, when the companies realized great success from these techniques, they sought to own the media outright to manage the message to the masses daily. Not coincidentally, this is exactly what they did. For instance, when the book The Media Monopoly first hit US shelves in 1983, author Ben Bagdikian stated that, “Fifty corporations dominated almost every mass medium.” Significantly, with every new release of the book, the number of corporations controlling the media dropped. From 29 firms in 1987, 23 in 1990, 14 in 1992, ten in 1997 and only six today! Six corporations, in other words, create, print, and deliver the news that the US public consumes. This consolidation of media ownership ought to be concerning to anyone who understand the FLD and the role of propaganda within society. For the “Freedom of the press,” as noted journalist A.J. Liebling once remarked, “is guaranteed to those who own one.” In reality, the six remaining media conglomerates are not truly independent since they are closely connected through their interlocking corporate boards. Media critic Mark Crispin Miller emphasized, “The implications of these mergers for journalism and the arts are enormous. It seems to me that this is, by definition, an undemocratic development. The media system in a democracy should not be inordinately dominated by a few very powerful interests” On the other hand, however, if the goal of the rulers was the “manufacturing of consent” to support its agenda over the many, then a media monopoly is exactly the intended result.





Executive Leadership? Not So Much.

11 07 2013

Is it any wonder why more and more people today walk around playing the victim, blaming others for situation they are in? If people are watching the leadership of their country I know exactly the example that is being set for this mentality that exists today.

I just read this article by New York Times best selling author Orrin Woodward on the example the “leader” of our country is setting. I have posted it below for you to agree or disagree with. Either way I will be glad to hear what you have to say as I hope people come alive to what our past two administrations have done to this country. Enjoy, Steve Leurquin. 

American Politics: The Buck Stops Over There

Here is an article that Oliver DeMille and I wrote on the American Political scene. In contrast to the political method of passing the buck, LIFE Leadership teaches people to accept personal responsibility. For leadership is only possible when a person accepts responsibility. With few exceptions, the Republicans and Democrats are too focused on party, promotion and popularity to lead anyone anymore. This must change. Indeed, when a person chooses to be part of the solution, and not part of the problem, he is on his way to leading change.

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

The Buck Stops Over There 
by Orrin Woodward and Oliver DeMille

Harry Truman: The Buck Stops Here

Harry Truman: The Buck Stops Here

President Obama’s handling of the recent scandals reveals a lot about his leadership. One of the first principles of leadership is to take responsibility– something the President has proven loathe to do. Where Harry Truman is said to have put a small sign on his desk that read “The Buck Stops Here,” the current administration prefers to point fingers elsewhere.

Yet the number of scandals continues to increase. At first, Fast and Furious seemed to be an isolated scandal, a reminder that Washington bears watching and that free societies require the vigilance of the media and citizenry. As Fast and Furious heated up in the media and on Capitol Hill, the White House deflected questions to other agencies—as if these agencies don’t report directly to the Oval Office.

This became a pattern when the IRS and Benghazi scandals dominated the news for a week, with the President and his closest advisors firing a top official (who was slated to retire anyway and wasn’t asked to leave for a couple of weeks) and casting blame on others. The agencies were at fault, the White House assured us, not the President. In fact, according to this narrative, the President was the great solution to these scandals.

Then came more scandals, and this leadership pattern deepened. Deflect blame. Act like the President is the solution, not part of the problem. Promise to clean house. Talk tough. Don’t apologize. Don’t take responsibility. Blame terrorism. Send out aides to argue technicalities. Point fingers at executive agencies, never at the Executive.

This was the Obama Administration’s response to the AP scandal, the military sex scandal, the PRISM scandal, and the revelation that the government is collecting and storing people’s emails and phone records.

The military sex scandal is particularly illuminating. The crux of the problem lies in the military’s policy of allowing direct commanders to determine how to handle allegations of sexual assault. This is a clear conflict of interest, since the commanders central mission is to win in battle. Charging soldiers with crimes removes them from their duties and weakens the commanders’ fighting force. As a result, many commanders prefer to sweep things under rug wherever possible.

The Administration seems to fancy the same approach. If an agency under its leadership abuses power, the White House is prone to make excuses, redirect blame, and act as if this was an isolated act by a rogue official. But the President and his top team are responsible for setting the tone and culture of the agencies.

Even Chris Matthews has been critical of the President’s refusal to take responsibility for executive agencies, and the The New York Times Editorial Board wrote that the President has lost all credibility on how he’s handled these scandals.
Other presidential administrations have behaved in a similar way, from missing WMDs to political targeting of state attorneys general under the Bush Administration. The executive branch must be closely watched in any free society, and administrations that pursue a policy of redirecting blame to lower agencies.

Ironically, the concern is even higher for an administration whose overall policy approach has been to increase America’s trust in government and desire for more government programs. The Five Laws of Decline are at play, and one of them, the Law of Diminishing Returns, has made it so no one person can oversee government anymore. For every scandal that gets exposed, there are others brewing.

If the President is right and the Oval Office can no longer keep tabs on the executive branch, this is a national emergency. On the current scale, it’s practically Watergate every month. If we elect a president to oversee the government, yet he protests he can’t, something is deeply, structurally wrong. If nobody can seem to find “The Buck,” Leviathan is looming.





LeaderShift Is A Best Seller

30 04 2013

Wow! What an impact LeaderShift is already making. Anyone can take this book and apply the 5 Laws of Decline to their business, their sports team, their family, and even improvement into their own life. Even more important, this book shows America a true path to freedom! Orrin Woodward and Oliver DeMile have created a must read for anyone who loves freedom and wants to keep it in place by looking inward for change and stop blaming others for the state of our country.

Here is an blogpost about LeaderShift already hitting the best seller list.

Enjoy, Steve Leurquin

LeaderShift Hits New York Times Bestseller List

The first round of LeaderShift book signings and the corresponding radio interviews is complete for Oliver DeMille and myself. Through this effort and the many friends, fans, and concerned citizens of North America, LeaderShift has made the NY Times, Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. I want to personally thank everyone who purchased a book and helped launch the LeaderShift towards freedom within society.

The goal of the first book in the series was to begin a transformation in the dialog between citizens and government. Instead of asking government to do more and more for people, we believe government should be limited to the specific fields where “force” is needed, permitting “freedom” and responsibility to reign in the rest of society. Since responsibility demands leadership, the book was namedLeaderShift to capture the essence of freedom, responsibility, and limits upon force within society.

Feel free, if so inclined, to write a review on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles and GoodReads, sharing the concepts and key distinctions learned from the book. David Mersher and his team will not rest until their job is done. :) What part will you play in the LeaderShift?

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

NY Times Bestseller - LeaderShift

NY Times Bestseller – LeaderShift





LeaderShift Book Signing Is Coming To Madison

9 04 2013

 

Oliver DeMille and I will be hitting the road for a series of LeaderShift book signings across North America. I have never been so excited for the release of a book because I know this book addresses head-on the challenges facing Western Society. Oliver DeMille and I spent days discussing the challenges and developing proposed fixes based upon checking the ubiquitous Five Laws of Decline. If you are anywhere close to one of these locations, we would love to see you there. If you are not close, the good news is Hachette has committed to do another round of book signings if we pack out the current locations. It’s time to launch the LeaderShift for peace and prosperity ensured to posterity!

Sincerely,

Orrin Woodward

 

LeaderShift Speaking Engagements – $10 for general attendee, $5 with receipt of purchased LeaderShift book except on Tuesday’s Open Meeting night.

Tuesday, April 16th
Los Angeles, CA – Oliver DeMille
Book Signing: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Barnes & Noble, 901 B South Coast Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Free for LIFE Library Subscribers
Speaking Engagement: Right after Open around 9 pm,
Howard Johnson, Grand Ballroom, 22 W. Houston Ave, Fullerton, CA 92832

Madison, WI – Orrin Woodward
Book Signing: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Barnes and Noble, 7433 Mineral Point, Madison, WI 53717
Free for LIFE Library Subscribers
Speaking Engagement:  8:00pm, On Stage 9:00pm – 10 pm
Alliant Energy Center, Mendota 1-4, 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI 53713

Wednesday, April 17th
Sacramento, CA – Oliver DeMille
Book Signing:  5:30pm – 7:30pm
Barnes & Noble, 1725 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95815
Speaking Engagement:  8:00pm, On Stage 8:30pm – 9:30pm,
DoubleTree by Hilton Sacramento, Salon A, B, & C, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, CA 95815

Lansing,  MI – Orrin Woodward (This location is too big for any bookstore)
Book Signing at Lansing Center:  6:30pm – 7:30pm
Speaking Engagement: 8:00pm, On Stage 8:30pm – 9:30pm, Book Signing 9:30pm – 11:00pm
Lansing Center, Halls A & B, 333 East Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933

Thursday, April 18th
London, ON – Orrin Woodward
Book Signing: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Chapters, 1037 Wellington Road, London, Ontario N6E 1W4
Speaking Engagement:  8:00pm, On Stage 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Conference Center, Crystal Ballroom, 591 Wellington Road South, London, ON N6C 4R3

Friday, April 19th
Salt Lake City, UT – Oliver DeMille
Book Signing: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Barnes & Noble, 1104 East 2100 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Speaking Engagement: 8:00pm, On Stage 8:30pm – 9:30pm
South Towne Expo Center, 300CD, 9575 S. State Street, Sandy, Utah 84070

Columbus, OH – Orrin Woodward
Book Signing: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Book Loft, 631 South Third Street, Columbus, Ohio  43206
Speaking Engagement:  8:00pm, On Stage 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Columbus Convention Center, Ballroom 4 & 5, 400 N High St, Columbus, OH  43215

Monday, April 22nd
Camp Hill, PA  – Orrin Woodward
Book Signing: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Barnes & Noble, 58 South 32nd Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011
Speaking Engagement:  8:00pm, On Stage 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Christ Community Church, 1201 Slate Hill Rd, Camp Hill, PA 17011

Be sure to check out the LeaderShift promotional video at http://www.tenpercentleadershift.com.

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The Life Business Going Mainstream

18 03 2013

Recently, Dan Hawkins, one of the founders of the Life Business spotted a great post by best selling author Orrin Woodward. The accolades just keep on coming as to what the Life organization is capable of! We are excited for what will without a doubt become another number 1 best-seller.

Enjoy, Steve Leurquin


The Story of the LIFE Business has just begun

Hey everyone I wanted to share this great post by Orrin Woodward. The founders and members of the LIFE Business have our minds set on doing something great!

We invite you to pursue your purpose in LIFE. 

God bless, 

Dan Hawkins

LIFE Business Story

The LIFE Business is an ongoing story. Each person who joins the LIFE community chooses which part, whether large or small, he or she will play. What happens when a world-renowned best-selling author is introduced to LIFE and begins studying the history of this movement? The short answer is a compelling story of hopes, dreams, struggles, failures, perseverance, and finally victory. Thankfully, he has decided to write up the story of LIFE. In my opinion, it is great timing because never before has a LeaderShift been more needed than now. Indeed, this is exactly what the LIFE community intends to do – create a leadershift! Here is a portion of the introduction in his upcoming book about LIFE. What part will you play in the story?

Sincerely

Orrin Woodward

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LIFE Business Major Convention

 

LIFE Business Introduction

The fate of free enterprise is very much in doubt. By the first decade of the 21st Century, critics of free enterprise and modern democratic freedom had convinced many people that free enterprise is an outdated system, one that cares more about corporate profits than economic opportunity for everyone.

This problem was the result of a split between two approaches to free enterprise, the traditional type of freedom based on the cooperation of idealists and realists to share profits so everyone has the chance to succeed financially, versus a more cutthroat corporatist emphasis on what we might call “Skeptical Pragmatism,” or doing whatever is deemed most profitable regardless of who it hurts, and keeping most of the profits for a few elites.

In the midst of this growing divide, it was perhaps inevitable that new companies would arise to challenge the shift toward corporatism, and to once again champion traditional free enterprise. It is against this backdrop that the story of the LIFE business began.

It is a story set in a business world created by the likes of Jack Welch, Sam Walton, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. I will state my almost preposterous thesis here and now, as controversial as it may seem: Had history developed just slightly differently, the other names on this list would be those who created and expanded network marketing.

Indeed, network marketing should have been as big as WalMart. It would have been, except too many people at the top asked themselves, “Why would we only take a 10% profit when we could take 30%?”

The story of the LIFE business is the exact opposite. The top leaders asked, “Why would we take 30% of the profit when we could earn 10% and pass the rest to others in the business?”

Why would anyone do this? Did they miss the memo? Did they skip the unofficial lessons of many prestigious business schools?

Did they misunderstand capitalism? Or were they just less experienced, ambitious or visionary than their competitors on Wall Street?

This is the story of a company that dared to do it differently, to apply Sam Walton-like thinking to network marketing. Moreover, instead of soap, health drinks or other typical network marketing products, this is the story of a company that chose to build its central product line around the most American of exports—leadership.

This is not a story of perfect men or women, or a feel-good tale of continual success without major difficulties. Far from it. This is a story of men and women, ordinary individuals who faced extraordinary challenges with hard work, resilience, and, above all, persistence.

It is a story of people who believed in an idea, and who refused to let it go—even when it almost cost them everything. It is a story of a few men and women who would not bend to the “normal” business trends that created elitism and corporatism in the modern economy. Some may say it is a story of courage, while others might argue that more “sophisticated” businessmen wouldn’t have so stubbornly held to their ideals and risked it all.

But whatever else it is, this is a story about families, friendships, and principles. In a way, it would more naturally fit into the storylines of past centuries, where leaders were expected to stand up, stand out, take on the establishment and blaze new trails based on firmly-held beliefs. In our modern world of political correctness, group therapy, management by committee, and the drive to “fit in” and pursue popularity at all costs, the concept of standing up against the system because “it’s the right thing to do” may seem amusingly archaic to some people.

Yet that is exactly how LIFE came about. This is the story of a leader, indeed of a team of leaders, who set out to build a widespread community of leaders. And while such a story may feel anachronistic in the 21st Century, it may just be the type of story that will redeem this generation.

Could it be that the “success bias” of our modern world is desperately in need of what Stephen Covey called “the character ethic?” Do we live in a world where the most important leadership principle is a desperately-needed acknowledgement that character counts? If so, the story of the LIFE business is a story for our times.

It is a story unfinished, however. The more time I spent interviewing the main characters, researching and studying the events, documents and details of this story, the more I felt that writing this story was like writing about Sam Walton in the 1960s, before WalMart was a worldwide phenomenon. While the future of LIFE remains to be seen, the unique beginning of this business is a story worth telling in its own right. To paraphrase Santayana, the future remains in the future, and the best we can do is learn (hopefully) from the past.

Whatever your business or career, your level of education or status in society, the story of the LIFE business is a case study of what can happen when an ancient set of leadership principles (based on idealism, frugality, hard work and integrity) are applied in a modern business environment dominated by pragmatism. Every modern leader struggles with this very challenge, and this story is therefore deeply relevant for today’s leaders in every sector and field.








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