The Difference between Secession and Revolution

There is often confusion between these two concepts. Secession and revolution, while similar are not the same. There are many people that call or have called secession, revolutions. Knowing the difference can color your perception of monumental events in history.

So what’s the difference

The easiest way to explain the difference is this: secession breaks away from the current government without destroying or taking it over. Revolution seeks to either destroy or take over the machinery of government. This difference may seem small but it is a crucial difference that should be understood. Independence movements that are truly secessions are often called revolutions.

Does this distinction actually matter

You may ask what difference this distinction makes? If it is thought about, it makes a massive difference. Knowing this provides a different perspective on events like the American Revolution, American Civil war, or the dissolution of the Soviet Union. This distinction allows you to see these events as they are, the people deciding how to be governed rather than passively accepting another’s authority.  This also changes the way one can and does view civil wars current and historical in nature.

And Your Point

Putting these various historical events into perspective you can see that the idea of secession is an American tradition, especially the early history of this country. It tends to be conservative in nature, meaning that it attempts to arrest usurpations and preserve the social order as it is or was before the usurpations. Secession is always political but can be used to protect the cultural aspect of a society or group of people. Secession can be bloodless, as in some of the former Soviet Bloc states or can be bloody like in the American Civil war and Revolution. In any case, secession is simply a way for the people to govern themselves rather than abolish the government they were under.

So what is Revolution?

I can not put it any better than renowned scholar Donald Livingston:

“It is not surprising, therefore, to find throughout critical literature acts of secession misdescribed as something else such as revolution or civil war. Let us briefly examine the difference between secession and revolution. Three conceptions of revolution have dominated modern political speech. The first derives from the Glorious Revolution of 1688. This is revolution as restoration, and its image is the turning of a wheel. According to eighteenth century whiggism, the Glorious Revolution was a bloodless restoration of a liberty loving Protestant regime from the attempted usurpations of the Catholic James II. The second form derives from John Locke. Here a sovereign people recall the powers they have delegated to a government that has violated its trust in protecting life, liberty, and property. The government is overthrown and a new government instituted. The third form has its source in the French Revolution and may be described as Jacobin revolution. Revolution in this sense is an attempt to totally transform an entire social and political order in accord with an egalitarian philosophical theory. In this sense Marxism is Jacobin revolution as are may other forms of contemporary political criticism. Gloria Steinem once said that to talk of reforms for women is one thing, to talk about the total transformation of society is feminism. So conceived, feminism is a species of Jacobin revolution. The same could be said of the egalitarian goal informing many actions of the Supreme Court from the 1950s down to the present. The Court has long since abandoned its traditional duty of interpreting the Constitution as law, and has usurped the role of being the most powerful social policy making body in the American federation.”

You can check out our previous post on Secession and what it is. This is 2nd in a multi-part series.

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Tuttle Twins and the Food Truck Fiasco Review and Discount

Some background on Tuttle Twins and the Food Truck Fiasco

The Food Truck Fiasco is based on the concepts found in Henry Hazlitt’s “Economics in one lesson”. This fantastic book is itself based, in part, on Frédéric Bastiat’s book ” The Law”. Hazlitt was an extensive writer in the classical liberal tradition and an admirer of Ludwig Von Mises, the great Austrian school economist. Hazlitt’s purpose in writing “Economics in one lesson” was to explain economic principles in an unforgettable and easy to understand book.

What about the Story

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Tuttle Twins visiting a food truck.

The story follows, as all the Twins books do, Ethan and Emily Tuttle. The story starts with The Tuttle twins selling lemonade at their own lemonade stand. As the story progresses, the Twins visit different food trucks and learn about the onerous regulations and protectionism they face. The Tuttle Twins, being inquisitive as they are, begin to look into this and ask questions. They quickly find out about Bobs Big BBQ and how he is using the government to stifle his competition.

Talking with their parents and food truck owners, the twins learn how competition can protect customers and drive down prices. After a family talk, the Ethan and Emily, as well as their parents, come up with a plan to educate and potentially roll back regulations.

The Tuttle twins go on to set up a protest outside of Bobs Big BBQ. With help from their parents and food truck owners, the twins are able to get the press to show up as well. A few days after the protest, the Tuttle twins and their allies take to city hall to voice their displeasure with the protectionist regulations. After everyone speaks, an embarrassed city council votes to repeal the regulations. This makes the Tuttle twins food truck heroes!

What did Isaiah Think

Isaiah liked this book. The idea of selling lemonade to people appealed to him. He loved the variety of food Food truck fiasco, tuttle twins, connor boyack, books about liberty, liberty children book, tuttle books, economics books for kids, libertarian books for kidstrucks, the different foods they sold, and the different looks they each had. His favorite being an old-fashioned taco truck.

Where we live we do not have food trucks. This idea was completely new to Isaiah and he loved it. Seeing delicious food being made in a truck and driving the truck around to people captivated his imagination and kept his attention. When we got to the portion about why the food trucks were going out of business, he was genuinely upset about what was happening. The idea that they the food trucks were being targeted was not ok with him and he voiced this several times.

The Tuttle twins being heralded as the heroes at the end inspired Isaiah and is a great ending to the book.

What Did I Think

It is great that this book distills the principles of “Economics in one lesson” to children. The illustrations were done by Elijah Stanfield, once again, they are superb.

The story unfolds in a natural progression that the inquisitive mind of a child can easily follow. It lays out the principles clearly and concisely. Connor Boyack’s writing, overall, is great in this book as well. There are a few places where the conversation in the book is forced, but overall, the writing is engaging and the conversations natural. Plus, making the Tuttle Twins the heroes to the food truck owner inspired my son to want to look for harmful things to fight against.

Critical Thoughts

Food truck fiasco, tuttle twins, connor boyack, books about liberty, liberty children book, tuttle books, economics books for kids, libertarian books for kidsThe biggest issue I have with the book is the occasional forced or unnatural conversations. These are few and they seem to be explaining a definition. This happens through character conversation between some of the food truck owners and the twins. This isn’t a big deal, it simply disrupts the flow of the conversation in the book. If you’re reading the book to your child, they may not even notice it.

Another point of contention, although not for me personally, is the child activism that takes place in the book. I have heard several parents complain that it is getting children to try and be activist at too young of an age. I don’t have an issue with this or with Isaiah finding something that is wrong and fighting against it.

Would I recommend it?

I would recommend The Food Truck Fiasco. It does a spectacular job at laying the foundation of economic Food truck fiasco, tuttle twins, connor boyack, books about liberty, liberty children book, tuttle books, economics books for kids, libertarian books for kidsthought that Hazlitt explained in “Economics in one lesson“. Isaiah, at 5, is able to understand the themes in this book and it is giving him a foundation that he will be able to build on later on with more complex economic concepts.

Let’s not forget that if you do decide to purchase the Combo Pack, you will get activity workbooks for children with it as well.

If you would like to purchase any of the Tuttle Twins books click Here. You can also purchase a combo pack with several free bonuses Here, it is a great deal plus You can get 25% off of your purchase by using coupon code PARENT. You can take an additional 4o% off by using the code FORTY as well.

The Tuttle Twins series are considered children’s books on liberty, or as one person put it, libertarian books for kids. While this case can be made, they hold more important lessons than just that. The Miraculous Pencil is strictly economic in nature, while also indirectly mentioning liberty. The Tuttle Books are not just for those who are libertarian but for those who want their children to have a foundation in freedom but economic thought as well.

 

Our Review of the Tuttle Twins and The Law, the Creature from Jekyll Island, and Miraculous Pencil

Connor Boyack talking about the Tuttle Twins on the Tom Woods Show.

Connor also runs a Utah Think Tank called The Libertas Institute

Connor’s book Passion Driven Education

Connor’s new book for teens and young adults Lessons from a Lemonade Stand

Check out our awesome Homeschooling guides. One to homeschool on a budget and one to homeschool when you’re busy!

A Primer On Direct Primary Care

Direct primary care also known as concierge medicine is simply the modern way to have an actual Doctor-patient relationship. One that focuses on the patient and their needs rather than the wants of the insurance company. Direct primary care providers or concierge Doctors cut out the middlemen i.e. the insurance companies, and provide service directly to the patients. Allowing the Doctors to innovate in new and interesting ways.

What do DPC clinics and Providers do?

Direct care physicians and clinics business models are simple, yet in this time of bureaucracy, it is simply Direct primary care, Atlas MD, Concierge medicine, primary care, doc clinic, josh umber, unorthodox, direct primary care providersrevolutionary.  The physicians, simply put, do not accept insurance. Patients pay cash, usually in a membership model, and in return, they get access to their Doctors. Dr. Josh Umbehr, the founder of AtlasMD, often uses this analogy:

“The membership model of concierge medicine allows us to keep the cost per person low while maximizing the availability and quality of the services. By eliminating the third-party payer—insurance—when it comes to routine care, we get ourselves back to a model more consistent with the actual, marketplace purpose of insurance and the way it works in every other area where it applies: car insurance, homeowner’s insurance, life insurance. All these things insure primarily catastrophic events. You don’t have car insurance for gasoline, oil changes, tires, etcetera; why have health insurance for family-medicine primary care?”

My current Direct care physician, Cory Annis MD. Founder of Unorthodoc in Cary NC, has this to say about why she moved to the concierge / direct primary care model:

“I knew that there had to be a better way. So I launched Unorthodoc, a practice that operates without the constraints of insurance, in order to give my patients what they deserve –affordable, relationship-driven primary health care”

         Cory Annis

Concierge doctors focus on the patient. They cut out the insurance company to provide the primary care the patients wants and deserves. They offer spectacular value to their customers/patients and in return, the doctor receives a loyal customer. This truly is a market-driven solution to the issue of having doctors see 2000 patients a month while only seeing each patient for 3-5 minutes. Instead of the patient being another checkbox to fill, or form to fill, they are an actual human the doctor cares about. The relationship is at the core of direct primary care and that is great for both Doctor and patient.

How DPC can save you money and provide value

I have had two different direct medical care providers in two different states. Both have different variations Direct primary care, Atlas MD, Concierge medicine, primary care, doc clinic, josh umber, unorthodox, direct primary care providersand offer different products. Both Unorthodoc, who I currently have, and AtlasMD have been stellar in the service that they offer. Kansas is a bit more liberal, not in the political meaning, with how much freedom direct primary care providers have. In North Carolina, it seems a bit more strict and they have a insureance law that they can bludgeon direct primary care phycisian and clinics with.

Several ways concierge primary care providers save the patient money and build value is the amount of things they offer in their membership price. Many offer wholesale or at cost labs, vaccines, and casting for bones. Others offer free DEXA scans, suturing service, xrays and family practice procedures. Many of the DPC clinics also negotiate surgery services and prices, usually below half cost, as another way to save.

If that wasn’t good enough, many offer several ways to contact the doctor. AtlasMD allows you to text, tweet, email, call, video chat, and more. You can send pictures to the doctor about things your worried about, such as moles, and they go directly into your medical record so they can follow it. Another interesting perk for some of the direct primary care clinics is that they will make house calls, or you can see them as many times as you would like. None of these services are universal to all DPC providers but the majority have a majority of these services. This is heavily dependent upon the state in which you live though.

Where can I find a Direct Primary Care Provider

Google is always a way to start your search, however, there is a neat little tool you can use to search for them. You can use this map or this one. They show direct primary care providers and clinics, both hybrid (those that take insurance for some patients but also a DPC component) and pure models.

What Do I think of DPC and my experience.

Direct primary care, Atlas MD, Concierge medicine, primary care, doc clinic, josh umber, unorthodox, direct primary care providersI have had great experiences with both AtlasMD and Unorthodoc. Both are pure direct primary care providers. I have found that most of the Direct primary care providers are flexible with what they will work with. Some have strict standard in regards to what they take, others care about vaccines, while others are flexible with them. My experience is that being able to reach my doctor when I need, usually through text, it is great.

A few examples that show some of the value I have gotten. My wife needed an anti-inflammatory and my  direct primary care provider was able to get her a 90 day supply for $1.07. Another example, I was able to get a full lab panel for 4 dollars, had a DEXA scan done for free, and ask questions of my doctor in an instant. It has been fantastic.

Should you still have insurance

This question comes up a lot when I talk about direct primary care / concierge medicine. The answer is always the same. You should have health insurance or a health sharing program. The DPC model covers the majority of what you will need, however, you should have insurance or a sharing program to cover you and your family for catastrophic incidences.

What is the down side

The biggest down side that I have found is this, there are not a lot of specialties that do this or are allowed to adopt this model. In Kansas OBGYN services cannot be done in this method. I would like to see more specialties, dentist, and even others adopt this model. This is seriously the ownly downside we have come across.

Conclusion

Would I recommend this model? Yes, yes I would. If you value having a relationship with your doctor, get fantastic value for the amount you pay, see your doctor for longer than 3 minutes, and be treated like a customer than a checkbox then yes, I would recommend this model. It has been a blessing to us. We first got it wehn I was making $11,000 a year in nursing school and I still have it. It has been a great way to increase the value I get for the dollars I spend on the health of my family.

Helpful Links

Dr. Josh Umbehr or AtlasMD on the Tom Woods ShowDirect primary care, Atlas MD, Concierge medicine, primary care, doc clinic, josh umber, unorthodox, direct primary care providers

Dr. Josh Umbehr Lions of liberty Interview

Dr. Josh Umbehr. Interview with Objective Standard

Video of Dr. Josh Umbehr talking about DPC and AtlasMD

Benjamin Rush Institute video on Direct Primary care

I recommend Bob Murphy’s book Primal Prescription

 

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Tuttle Twins and the Miraculous Pencil Review and Discount

Tuttle Twins and the Miraculous Pencil

This is the second in the series from Author Connor Boyack with the. Connor takes Leonard E. Reeds classic book I, pencil, and turns it into a form that children can understand. Rather than focusing on liberty subjects, Connor creates a basic economics book for kids based on the Tuttle Twins. Connor has created a children’s economics book that is easy to understand. Allowing children the ability to explore concepts usually not seen till high school. Elijah Stanfield joined Connor again to illustrate this installment as well. The illustrations turned out wonderful and kept my sons attention through the entirety of the book.

Some Background

I, pencil, the book that this is distilled from, comes from Leonard E. Read. Leonard was the founder of FEE, Foundation for Economic Education, a leading voice in Austrian economics and liberty. It is currently run by his son, Leonard W. Read.

The book chronicles the “family tree” of a pencil. Detailing what all goes into making one single pencil. It is a fantastic little essay that show’s how complex and rather stunning the economy is. It is great at inspiring awe in adults.

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Tuttle Twins getting on the bus. Miraculous Pencil pg. 1

What about the Story

The story begins with the Tuttle Twins, Ethan, and Emily, going on a field trip with the rest of their classmates. The children are trying to figure out what awesome place they are going. The bakery, a candy factory, a farm? They show up to a pencil factory and are disappointed by this development. They begin the tour and meet one of the workers who tell the children that nobody in the world knows how to make one simple pencil. As a result of the children’s disbelief, the worker has the children list what goes into one simple pencil. After this exercise, he has them list what goes into each of those things that make up the pencil. Rubber, wood, paint, graphite and more. The worker then lays out what it takes to get each of these pieces and more.

The worker show’s the Tuttle Twins and their classmates how one simple pencil takes a gigantic amount of effort to make as well as resources from around the world. This leads to the amazement and wonder the kids experience knowing that one simple pencil takes people from all over the world to make.

What did Isaiah Think

As much as I like this book, this is Isaiah’s least favorite out of the original three Tuttle Twins books we have. He likes the Liberty, Tuttle Twins, Miraculous pencil, book review, Children, kids, liberty, libertarian, economicsCreature from Jekyll Island the most. This is not only because of the story but the area the story takes place in, as well as the creature. The creature kept his attention in that book.

In The Miraculous Pencil book, Isaiah really liked seeing the different processes that it takes to make the pencil that are illustrated in the book. At 5, he does have a grasp on what the economy is, however, this book would be best suited for those 8 and above. After reading this with Isaiah, he no longer thinks he can build a pencil himself and he is starting to see how gigantic an economy is. He is also beginning to realize that cooperation is what makes the economy work. He has worked this out with some of his own friends in creating a little barter economy of their own at times.

What did I think

It is a fantastic book. I read it before I read it to Isaiah and I believe it does a great job at distilling Leonard Reads insights to a much younger mind than Read had intended. I did realize while reading it that it would probably go over Isaiah’s head but I think he could definitely grasp some of the concepts in its pages. This is one of my favorite books, and that has to do with the importance I put on economics. It is great for those kids who are a smidge older than Isaiah, but I believe 4 and 5-year-olds like Isaiah will grasp some important points from it.

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Materials from all over the world

This seems to be a book that kids, as they grow, can turn towards to grasp more concepts as their minds become ready to receive it. The insights in it are deep, much like Leonard’s original essay. This book did a great job of getting Isaiah to ask questions. Most of these questions, at first were about what pencils were made of and what exactly those things were. After a few readings, he began to ask where other things in our house came from and how they were made. This lead to a conversation about how many of the things he has or wants are made by others in a different country in exchange for money. That conversation brought questions about Nerf guns.

Critical Thoughts

My biggest critique is that it might not keep kids interests. While it is wonderfully written, it is the weakest in the original three Tuttle Twins books Connor has put out. My second critique is how long the book is. It is 50 pages long. At Isaiah’s age, 50 pages do not get read in one sitting. With older children, this should not be a problem.

Would I recommend It

I would Recommend this book even for parents with younger children. You may be surprised by what your children will learn from it. Kids can understand remarkable concepts before we realize it. If you are looking for a book that teaches the principles of sound money, this is it. If you are looking for a series that teaches children about liberty, this series is for you as well!

Lets not forget that if you do decide to purchase the Combo Pack, you will get activity workbooks for children with it as well.

If you would like to purchase any of the Tuttle Twins books click Here. You can also purchase a combo pack with several free bonuses Here, it is a great deal plus You can get 25% off of your purchase by using coupon code PARENT

The Tuttle Twins series are considered children’s books on liberty, or as one person put it, libertarian books for kids. While this case can be made, they hold more important lessons than just that. The Miraculous Pencil is strictly economic in nature, while also indirectly mentioning liberty. The Tuttle Books are not just for those who are libertarian but for those who want their children to have a foundation in freedom but economic thought as well.

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Leonard E. Reads original I, pencil.

Our Review of the Tuttle Twins and The Law and our review of Tuttle Twins and the Creature from Jekyll Island

Connor Boyack talking about the Tuttle Twins on the Tom Woods Show.

Connor also runs a Utah Think Tank called The Libertas Institute

Check out our awesome Homeschooling guides. One to homeschool on a budget and one to homeschool when you’re busy!

 

A Primer on Health Sharing

For a parent, the health care mandate has caused mayhem. Some of us lost our insurance while others could not afford it after the premiums rose. For Susie and I, we were in limbo. I made to much for subsidies but not enough to afford insurance itself. This left us having to pay the individual mandate penalty every year. This wasn’t really feasible, however, it was cheaper than paying for health insurance. During this period I had heard of and looked into Health Sharing as an alternative to health insurance.

A Primer on Health Sharing

There are 4 big health sharing providers. These seem to be the only ones written into the ACA (ObamaCare) law. These 4 providers are Liberty Healthshare, Samaritan Ministries, MediShare, and Christian Health Care Ministries. All 4 of these are ACA exempt, meaning that if you are a member of any of them you will not have to pay that dreaded Individual mandate tax/fine.

What is Health Sharing?

Health Sharing, simply put, is sharing your medical bills between you and all other members. This is not pooling risk, this is actually you helping to pay others medical bills and them doing the same thing. The mechanism by which this happens is different for each provider. Some might, like Liberty Share, have you send in your money and put it in escrow and pay the bills from there. Others will send you another members bill and you pay it directly. Either way, you will be paying and sharing each other’s medical bills.

What about Pre-existing conditions?

With pre-existing conditions, each provider has the right to deny your membership. It is up to each individual health share to determine what they will and will not allow. Each has a section on their website dealing with pre-existing conditions. In most cases, however, each health share will phase in the pre-existing condition. Year after year they will allow you to share more of the cost. All 4 cover maternity cost but if you are pregnant before you start your membership it will be considered a pre-existing condition.

Liberty Share and MediShare both have programs you are enrolled into if you have high blood pressure or if you are obese. This is to get you to mitigate the cost that comes along with these conditions. This is simply a way to try and get the member healthier to mitigate cost.

Do You Need to be a Christian?

It looks that way. I haven’t seen on that is ACA exempt that does not require you to be a Christian.

What About Prescriptions?

Each of the 4 major health share providers offers prescription service. With that being said, each has their own set of limitations and restrictions. Each program varies on what they share and what they will in regards to prescriptions. As a money saving tip, you can check out websites like GoodRx.com or Pharmacychecker.com to see who has the best prices on the prescriptions you need.

What About Price Shawn

Each provider has a different price structure that varies based on level purchased, pre-existing conditions, and any add-ons that you purchase. The price range for each of the big 4 goes like this. Liberty Health Share $107-449, MediShare $64-627, Christian health ministries $90-450, and Samaritan $180-405. That is the general break down of their price structures. It is vague but it is best if you check it out and see what you need as they have varying degrees of coverage dependent upon what you want or need. These prices also differ based on if you are single, married, or have a family. There is an enrollment fee to be aware of. It is between $125-200 for all of them except Christian health ministries which does not appear to have a fee at all.

Things To Be Aware Of

You need to make sure you understand what they will and won’t share. Like insurance, read the fine print. This includes any pre-existing conditions, birth control or any other incident. They have a set of guidelines they follow and a list of things they do not cover. Read those things and then read them again. If you need prescription coverage, again, read their policy on it and make sure you clarify any questions you may have.

Each of these providers has a personal responsibility portion. This acts similar to a deductible. Make sure you know how much it is if it is for each individual and if it is an annual limit or a per-incident limit. One last thing to be aware of is that Samaritan and Christian healthcare ministries have you receive the bill as well as try and negotiate the bill down. Liberty Health Share receives the bill and discounts it on your behalf.

Check out our Primer on Direct Primary Health Care. It is a great compliment to Health Sharing

This is a simple introduction to these services and as such, you should do your due diligence yourself before making a decision.