What The H— Is Wrong With America? – Part Three – The Demise Of The American Middle Class

CLICK HERE TO READ PART ONE CLICK HERE TO READ PART TWO Before we talk about how to increase personal financial autonomy, let's be very clear on the current state of financial autonomy for the vast majority of Americans today. A few Google searches produce a frightening collection of articles, books, newscasts, editorials,...

What The H— Is Wrong With America? – Part Two

CLICK HERE TO READ PART ONE I mentioned in Part One that there can be no political autonomy without financial autonomy. I think the collapsing of American political autonomy is clear to the most casual observer, but what exactly is financial autonomy? If I have a job and can pay my rent...

Why Is Monticello College A Functional Farm?

This post is one that will separate our readers into two groups.  You will either read it and say, “wow, that makes so much sense, I see why Monticello College has a farm and teaches the manual arts,” or you will read a part of it, become bored, and drift...

Atlas Shrugged: France Models The Future Of America

In his 2008 book, The Cube and the Cathedral, George Weigel writes a compelling story suggesting that if you want a good view of the United States 15 or 20 years from now, take a look at Europe. More to the point are disturbing news reports that demonstrate spooky similarities to Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged,...

Building Two Towers And The Abundance Mentality

Monticello College Sunrise At regular intervals during undergraduate enrollment, a Monticello College mentor takes time to talk about the future. What will you be doing after graduation? What is your mission? Do you plan to have a family? How will you fulfill that mission while providing for your family? This necessarily...

A Revolution of Entrepreneurship

In January, I attended a convention where one of the featured speakers was my friend, Stephen Palmer. Steve's bio is at the end of this post, but what I want you to know is that Steve actually believes and lives what he says.  I hope Steve and Karina won't mind too much if I get...

A Liberal Arts Degree Is More Valuable Than Learning Any Trade

56 year-old Rivik Ranadivé is an Indian businessman, engineer, author, speaker and philanthropist. Ranadivé is the founder and CEO of TIBCO, a multi-billion dollar real-timing computing  company, and is credited with digitizing Wall Street in the 1980s with his first company, Teknekron Software Systems.   I’ve made it a lifelong habit to do things...

Why I Hate School But Love Education

On December 5, 2012, English rapper-poet Suli Breaks posted a video that took the internet by storm.  With over 500,000 hits in the first couple of days, and over 2.5 million to date, this youtube video went viral almost the second it was released. This young college graduate, turned self-styled poet,...

The Reality of Disruptive Innovation

Are technology and education merging or fighting each other?  This post explores how business development and disruptive innovation impacts education. 15 years ago Clayton Christensen published a best selling book entitled The Innovator’s Dilemma.  Christensen is considered a leader in the field of business development especially in times of vast technological...

Return of the Manual Arts

We have spent considerable space in these posts discussing education, particularly the liberal arts. This post is dedicated to the lesser known side of our curriculum—the manual arts. Manual arts are not something that the average American thinks about in the 21st century. But a hundred years ago, the vast majority of Americans...