"History will also give Occasion to expatiate on the Advantage of Civil Orders and Constitutions, how Men and their Properties are protected by joining in Societies and establishing Government; their Industry encouraged and rewarded, Arts invented, and Life made more comfortable: The Advantages of Liberty, Mischiefs of Licentiousness, Benefits arising from good Laws and a due Execution of Justice, &c. Thus may the first Principles of sound Politicks be fix'd in the Minds of Youth."
Benjamin Franklin
(1706-1790) US Founding Father
Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania, 1749
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Good old Benjamin. We could have done worse when he was selected as a Founding Father ( he was, wasn't he ? )
 -- Bobble, No. Ferrisburgh, VT     
    I like it.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    An Old say, " There's going to be a lot of bad'ns in heaven, and a lot of good'ns in hell." Edmond C. Moore
    Freedom from the " law " of sin and judgement. The Law taken out of the way, breaking down the middle wall of partition, between pagans and religious zealots. Martin Luther came to the realization of, that simple fact, sparking the cry of Liberty in its, almost, fullest degree. Remove condemnation, replace with Liberty at natural laws of nature. There's another catch, temptation, A promise, of a way to escape. Without that promise, there would be no way to test the subjective fact, of the presence of God in ones life, at natural law.
    Licentiousness, ( Going beyond customary or proper bounds or limits, disregarding rules.) God does take the wise in their own craftiness ! He has made foolish the wisdom of the world ! It is No Wonder, the apostle Paul, the most controversial of the thirteen apostles. He being the thirteenth.
     -- Ronw13, Logsden     
    One cannot be 'taught' history -- if there is any real 'learning' it is driven by one's quest for knowledge, limited only by the ability to discern shit from Shinola. Any personal investment I have in another's promise is likely to prejudice my view in my favor. Most of us in our youth have been exposed to a solid decade of 'education,' indoctrination, intimidation, conditioning, propaganda, social work -- applying every mass psychology technique to instill perpetual obedience and submission to the authority of government officials and bureaucrats -- and I managed to 'graduate' without really learning my rights and responsibilities for being independent, productive, and HONORABLE. I was not taught the responsibilities of a 'freeman.' I was trained to put on a suit and sit at a desk. Trade schools were for the lower end of the scale -- keep the laborers ignorant of their real power and potential. And keep the rest of the 'kids' in school as long as possible to keep them out of the work force to protect the jobs of older higher paid people. School was hardly for my education, it was for social engineers to regulate me (and millions of others) into predetermined outcomes. "The Advantages of Liberty, Mischiefs of Licentiousness, Benefits arising from good Laws and a due Execution of Justice, &c." were hardly covered.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Faith, hope and charity. The greatest of these is charity. If I have not Charity I am nothing. Apostle Paul KJB
    Never confuse Charity with alms giving !!
    Thank you Archer, WELL SAID ! Due Season has arrived Again !
     -- Ronw13, Logsden     
    The seminaries (government schools) of the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land, accompanied by MSM / media directed at the youth and otherwise demonic social norms hoisted on the minds and hearts of the youth promote mischiefs of licentiousness while destroying the advantages of liberty, inalienable rights, individual sovereignty, love, peace and prosperity.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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