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Jeffrey Sparks
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So the economic policies of F.D.R. – and specifically, the New Deal – are being discussed by one of the presidential candidates (Bernie Sanders) on his website; which helps to show the importance of history in our political dialogue. He asked “what made it possible for him [F.D.R.] to pass sweeping changes in economic regulation and social support, changes so radical that his enemies accused of socialism, of being un-American, of destroying the country and becoming an American Mussolini? The answer is in two parts: ideas and power.”

Bernie's website also noted that F.D.R.'s “theory of change was no more about compromise than it was about high-minded words: It was about power.” Nonetheless, this webpage continued, “the central place of power does not mean idealism had no place in the New Deal. Roosevelt explained what he was doing, and why.”

With this application to modern times, I will now proceed to talk about the actual history of the New Deal; and the debate over its legacy that has found its way into our current political debate.
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Source for quote: This portion of the Bernie Sanders website:

https://berniesanders.com/sanders-and-the-theory-of-change-radical-politics-for-grown-ups/
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Today is the anniversary of the Golden Spike. On this day in 1869, the First Transcontinental Railroad was completed, with a driving in of the last spike (today called the “Golden Spike”) in Promontory Summit, Utah. This ended the massive project to create a railroad connecting East and West.

Begun in 1863 during Abraham Lincoln's administration, and completed six years later during the post-Civil-War Reconstruction period; the Golden Spike was a truly epic event in the history of the United States.
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If you asked your average person what historical individual they find most interesting, you might hear an answer like Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, or another Founding Father. These would be excellent choices. But the person I find the most interesting would not make most people's list. Although he was voted President of the United States, he is not remembered as a statesman, but as a soldier. He may have been the finest general in American history, but he is mostly forgotten today – even on a day like today, which is his birthday.
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What version of the Hebrew Bible do Mormons use?
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Today is the anniversary of the beginning of the Lewis and Clark expedition. On this day in 1804, a group of 33 people (mostly U.S. Army men) set out to explore the new American territory that had just been bought from France in the Louisiana Purchase. The explorers returned as heroes over two years later.
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Today is #EuropeDay , the national holiday of the European Union. On this day in 1950, France issued the “Schuman Declaration,” which proposed placing the coal and steel production of both France and Germany under a common authority. Although it involved just these two countries at first, it paved the way for economic cooperation amongst many other nations, eventually leading to the formation of the European Union in 1993.

Europe Day is now seen as a symbol of unity among Europeans.
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That “other” Scottish philosopher, who helped to found the discipline of economics

#DavidHume #WealthOfNations
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That time the BBC made a history of Britain
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The movie that depicted Ulysses S. Grant (when no one else did)
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Too expensive to be forgotten, and too frightening to be repeated

#Marxism   #communism  
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Tutor
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English, Spanish, French, Ancient Greek
Employment
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
    Mission Leader, 2014 - present
  • Yavapai College
    Tutor, 2012 - present
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
    Assistant Clerk, 2010 - present
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Prescott, AZ
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"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." - Aristotle
Introduction
By training, I am a business major with a concentration in marketing, and a certificate in economics. I originally wanted to do market research for businesses because I enjoyed the social science aspects of marketing, and I have studied psychology a little on my own; but I now wonder if this will ever be my field. I have also taken a fair amount of communications classes, because I thought about grad school in advertising or public relations (or even business & economic journalism), but I'm not sure if I will ever do these things. (I'm glad I studied them just the same, though.)

By inclination, I learn about a lot of other things in my spare time. For example, I am a history buff, an aspiring polyglot, an amateur linguist, a political philosopher (after a fashion), and a student of the Bible. Most of the things I study on my own these days have something to do with one of these subjects (or sometimes even more than one), and I write about many of them on my blog. So my actual profession is ... you guessed it ... a math tutor! Not what you'd expect, right? (Not what I would have expected, either ... )

I have no regular schedule for posting, but I usually publish a blog post about once a week.
Bragging rights
I have read the Book of Mormon in Spanish and French. I can also play piano by ear.
Education
  • Northern Arizona University
    Business Administration with a Concentration in Marketing, 2010
    Certificate in Business Economics
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