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Jeffrey Sparks
Works at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Attended Northern Arizona University
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The problems with equalizing income

#socialism #communism
One of the most sacred tenets of liberalism is the goal of equality of condition: the idea that there should be no rich or poor, but that all should have the same amount of income and wealth, and that no one should possess an...
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Today is the anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment's ratification – the amendment that gave women the right to vote. On this day in 1920, the right to vote was extended to women; and the electoral landscape of the country was forever changed.

#NineteenthAmendment #womenssuffrage
I had a sort of request from one of my female readers to do something about women's history. Up until that point, I had thought that women would not like hearing things about women's history coming from a man (such as myself)...
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Today is India's Independence Day. On this day in 1947, India declared independence from the British Empire (only one day after Pakistan did so), and these two great nations were created. (The other nation formed out of the British colony of India is Bangladesh, which eventually declared its independence from Pakistan in its turn in 1971.)
I should give a disclaimer for my international readers that I am from the United States (and not from India), and that none of my ancestors are from India, either - just from European countries like Britain, the country that...
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So who decides how many votes each state gets in the presidential elections?
So we have a year ending in a "0" coming in a few years (2020), which means that the United States Census will be taking place again at that time. Most of us have heard of the U. S. Census before; but since many of my Faceboo...
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“How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin.” – Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan "How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin." - Ronald Reagan Vladimir Lenin I don't think Mr...
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The book that started revolutions in Russia and China (and not in a good way)
I was recently told that I should write a blog post about why Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels were wrong - arguing not on values as I did in another post (though there is a place for that as well), but on facts and theories, c...
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It’s time for another history trivia question of the day:

All of the following presidents were impeached, except:

A) Andrew Johnson
B) Richard Nixon
C) Bill Clinton
D) Trick question, all of them were impeached

Hint: The answer is Richard Nixon. Nixon resigned from office due to the credible threat of impeachment (and subsequent removal), but was never actually impeached. The only two men to be impeached were Andrew Johnson (who was impeached in 1868), and #BillClinton (who was impeached in 1998).

#Clinton
PBS made a four-hour documentary about the life of Bill Clinton. It has the liberal bias you'd expect from PBS, but with the exception of their coverage of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, it was a fascinating film. I don't think...
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Today is the anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal. On this day in 1914, the first ship went through the newly-completed Panama Canal; allowing the U.S. Navy to quickly transport ships between the Atlantic and the Pacific, and forever changing the way that the world did trade as a side benefit.
It allowed ships of all kinds to go from the Atlantic to the Pacific (and vice versa) without having to go around the tip of South America - drastically reducing the time needed to transport goods. The effects of the project ...
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Wanna know if an economic policy works? (Just look at the history)
I've had a number of people tell me over the years that with my interest in history, I should have been a history teacher. Thus, it's often surprising for them to hear that I majored in business instead. I also got a certific...
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The bogus Marxist theory about economic value (and why it's wrong)
One of the central tenets of Marxism is the "labor theory of value," which is the idea that the economic value of something is determined by the number of hours it took to make it. Karl Marx introduces this theory early in hi...
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The Congressional elections: How they work, and why they're important
The Constitutional Convention, 1787 The elections for the president of the United States of America have always gotten more attention than any other in this country. This is not surprising, given that the presidency is the on...
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Today is the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille in 1789, the event that began the French Revolution. The French celebrate Bastille Day (or “la Fête Nationale”) in much the same way that Americans celebrate the Fourth of July.
It is a revolution that is both celebrated and despised, sometimes even by the same people. It was begun with the best of intentions and the noblest of ideals, but it ended with the worst of results after thousands of deaths ...
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Occupation
Tutor
Skills
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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Currently
Prescott, AZ
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Tagline
"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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