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Description of Uncle Eric's Model

What is a model? In his book Uncle Eric Talks About Personal, Career and Financial Security, Richard J. Maybury (Uncle Eric) explains that one of the most important things you can teach children or learn yourself is:

“Models are how we think, they are how we understand how the world works. As we go through life we build these very complex pictures in our minds of how the world works, and we’re constantly referring back to them - matching incoming data against our models. That’s how we make sense of things.
“One of he most important uses for models is in sorting incoming information to decide if it’s important or not.
“In most schools, models are never mentioned because the teachers are unaware of them. One of the most dangerous weaknesses in traditional education is that it contains no model for political history. Teachers teach what they were taught - and no one ever mentioned models to them, so they don’t teach them to their students.
“For the most part, children are just loaded down with collections of facts that they are made to memorize. Without good models, children have no way to know which facts are important and which are not. Students leave school thinking history is a senseless waste of time. Then, deprived of the real lessons of history, the student is vulnerable.”

The question is, which models to teach. Mr. Maybury says, “The two models that I think are crucially important for everyone to learn are economics and law.”

Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? explains the economic model, which is based on Austrian economics, the most free-market of all economic models. Whatever Happened to Justice? explains the legal model and shows the connection between rational law and economic progress. The legal model is the old British Common Law - or Natural Law. The original principles on which America was founded were those of the old British Common Law.

These two books,Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? and Whatever Happened to Justice? provide the overall model of how human civilization works, especially the world of money.

Once the model is understood, read Are You a Liberal? Conservative? or Confused? This book explains political philosophies relative to Uncle Eric’s Model - and makes a strong case for consistency to that model, no exception.

Next, read Ancient Rome: How it Affects You Today, which shows what happens when a society ignores Uncle Eric’s Model and embraces fascism - an all too common practice these days, although the word fascism is never used.

To help you locate books and authors generally in agreement with these economic and legal models, Mr. Maybury wrote Evaluating Books: What Would Thomas Jefferson Think About This? This book provides guidelines for selecting books that are consistent with the principles of America’s Founders. You can apply these guidelines to books, movies, news commentators, and current events - to any spoken or written medium.

Further expanding on the economic model, The Money Mystery: The Hidden Force Affecting Your Career, Business and Investments explains the hidden force affecting your career, business, and investments. Some economists refer to this force as velocity, others to money demand. Whichever term is used, it is one of the least understood forces affecting your life. Knowing about velocity and money demand not only gives you an understanding of history that few others have, it prepares you to understand and avoid the pitfalls in your career, business, and investments. The Money Mystery: The Hidden Force Affecting Your Career, Business and Investments is the first sequel to Whatever Happened to Penny Candy?. It provides essential background for getting the most from The Clipper Ship Strategy: For Success in Your Career, Business, and Investments.

The Clipper Ship Strategy: For Success in Your Career, Business, and Investments explains how government’s interference in the economy affects business, careers, and investments. It’s a practical nuts-and-bolts strategy for prospering in our turbulent economy. This book is the second sequel to Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? and should be read after The Money Mystery: The Hidden Force Affecting Your Career, Business and Investments.

The Thousand Year War in the Mideast: How it Affects You Today explains how events on the other side of the world a thousand years ago can affect us more than events in our own hometowns today. In the last quarter of the 20th century, the Thousand Year War has been the cause of great shocks to the investment markets - the oil embargoes, the Iranian hostage crisis, the Iraq-Kuwait war, the Caucasus Wars over the the Caspian Sea oil basin, and September 11, 2001 - and it is likely to remain so for decades to come. Forewarned is forearmed. You must understand where this war is leading to manage your career, business, and investments.

The explosion of the battleship Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898 was the beginning of a chain reaction that eventually led to the destruction of the World Trade Center. In his two-part World War series Richard J. Maybury explains that an unbroken line leads directly from the Spanish-American War through World War I, World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the Iraq-Kuwait War, and the “War on Terror” that began September 11, 2001. Mr. Maybury explains the other side of the story, the side you are not likely to get anywhere else, in this two-part World War series: World War I: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today and World War II: The Rest of the Story and How It Affects You Today.

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