By Chris Stewart
How strange is it, fairly, within the historical past of all recognized human adventure, to benefit from the benefits of dwelling free?
The solution might shock you. In The Miracle of Freedom, Chris and Ted Stewart make a robust case that fewer than five percentage of every body who've ever lived in the world have lived below stipulations that lets reflect on loose. So the place did freedom come from, and the way are we lucky sufficient to event it in our day?
A deeper examine the human checklist, write the authors, unearths a chain of serious occasions, noticeable forks within the highway resulting in very varied results, that led to this outstanding interval within which we are living. They establish and speak about seven decisive tipping points:
1. The defeat of the Assyrians of their quest to damage the dominion of Judah
2. The victory of the Greeks over the Persians at Thermopylae and Salamis
three. Roman Emperor Constantine's conversion to Christianity
four. The defeat of the armies of Islam at Poitiers
five. The failure of the Mongols of their attempt to overcome Europe
6. the invention of the recent World
7. The conflict of england in global warfare II
the adventure to freedom has been millions of years lengthy. Now that it has came across its position on the earth, the query for these folks who adventure its merits is just this: can we paintings to maintain the miracle of freedom that we take pleasure in this present day?
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A second idea also became very obvious. We believe in the idea of American Exceptionalism. We make that very clear in the first book. America is an extraordinary nation. It has played, and will continue to play, a special role in the world. But it is also clear that America wouldn’t exist, indeed it couldn’t exist, without the foundation that was laid so many millennia before. This great nation, with the freedoms that we love, owes its existence to the events that are described in this book, some of which took place in modern day, some of which played out almost three thousand years ago.
From the most ancient civilizations to modern times, across every continent and culture, from generations and kingdoms lost in the fog of history to the well-documented atrocities of modern day, stories such as those just related represent how most members of the human family have lived. As foreign as such accounts may be to our experience, and as dispiriting as they may seem, they might be told more than a hundred billion times, for they represent the vast majority of the human experience.
Political prisoners who let slip the wrong word or phrase. Women who had done nothing more than ask the local party leader when they could expect to get some firewood. Millions of innocent victims, condemned by a government that craved tyranny and power. The official records indicated that only a million prisoners had died in reeducation and labor camps. The Russian scoffed. It was a joke. He knew that the common practice was to release prisoners a few days before they died, removing them from any official government list of the dead.
7 Tipping Points That Saved the World by Chris Stewart