The 5,000 Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen

By Matt Vasquez
An IPS book review, published June 2017

Why does our government work?

Were the founding fathers the one group of people that got everything right or is the United States just a magnificent fluke? In The 5,000 Year Leap, author, W. Cleon Skousen, argues that there was a model used by the founders that can be replicated and practiced to bring about world changing results.

The 5,000 Year Leap is an engaging, very readable 310 pages that details the foundational principles that, although less prevalent today, have been the key to the success of the great American experiment.


Why was America so different? We begin with this question. Over the course of human history, there have been many attempts to craft a civilization that would protect the well-being of its citizens. Skousen shows that throughout history there have been many groups of people that have fallen into the exact same pitfalls over and over again. Yet, a group of weather beaten colonists established something very different from what we have seen in the past. The question is: how?

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