The True American Order

America Is In Crisis.

Some people are immune to the sound of that drum, hearing only a Chicken Little cry of “the sky is falling.”

More, however, are beginning to sense that something really is wrong and want to solve our problems.

Without fail, in every lecture and class I give, the question always comes up: “OK, I believe you. Now what?” or “I already know America is in crisis. So what do we do about it?”

Keep in mind that this inquiry comes after two to four hours of lecture or classroom experience where I was just explaining the solution. So why are they asking me this question?

Is it them or me?

After serious contemplation, I remembered something Dr. Skousen told me once.

Suddenly, it all became clear. What follows is my best attempt to answer my students’ question, “So what do we do about it?”

First Things First

In Russell Kirk’s Roots of American Order , he spends 500 pages explaining who we are and where we came from. However, for many of us, the essence of these concepts gets lost in the journey.

Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind and Robert Bork’s The Tempting of America both make the same case:

There is an American Order.

That is what Kirk is really talking about. He is asking the question, “Is there an American way of life that made this country a ‘Light on a Hill,’ ‘A Refuge of the World,’ and ‘The Hope of Humanity?”’

He claims that yes, there is, and that we have forgotten our American Order, the system to employ it, and the responsibility to lead out.

The reasons that this has happened are not mysterious or even hard to understand.

And now that the results of the loss of that order are visible to all; there are political “carpet baggers” who are using our present crisis as a means to enlarge personal power and wealth, all at the cost of individual liberty. (See Federalist Paper 1)

We are told that the solutions to the American Crisis can only be provided at the national level, that the congress and the executive branch are our only hope to tackle these crises, or at the very least that it can only be solved at the national party level.

And mostly, we are told, over and over again, that the American people must have this party or national leadership if these problems are to be solved. Many citizens have accepted this propaganda.

This is reminiscent of the party line of those British Empire supporters who opposed John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and company in their struggle for the protection of rights and ultimately liberty (See Revolutionary writings of John Adams).


Getting Our Hands Dirty

In a letter to his wife Abigail John Adams once wrote,

“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.

“My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.”

Different situations require different focus and preparation, and once a problem has been clearly identified, we then need to establish the best solution to solve that problem.

Often it requires the problem-solvers to try a different path, to stray from the regular, normal approach (which is often broken or not applicable) and create a whole new method to solving the problem.

At the very least it requires an acknowledgment that we — and all other generations — have the responsibility of getting our own hands dirty.

The ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius suggested this as a solution for national

“The ancients who wished to illustrate the highest virtue throughout the empire first ordered well their own states. Wishing to order well their own states, they first regulated their own families. Wishing to regulate their families, they first cultivated their own selves.

“Wishing to cultivate their own selves, they rectified their hearts. Wishing to rectify their hearts, they first sought to be sincere in their thoughts.

“Wishing to be sincere in their thoughts, they first extended to the utmost, their knowledge. Such extension of knowledge lay in the investigation of things.

“Things being investigated, knowledge became complete. Their knowledge being complete, their thoughts were sincere. Their thoughts being sincere, their hearts were rectified. Their hearts being rectified, their own selves were cultivated.

“Their own selves being cultivated, their families were regulated. Their families being regulated, their states were rightly governed. Their states being rightly governed, the whole empire was made tranquil and happy.”

Only We Can Solve Our Problems

I agree with Confucius. Ultimately, we as individuals must be the long-term solvers of our problems because we are the creators of our problems.

Yes, I know that many politicians have been or are dishonest, self-serving and corrupt. I also agree that political leaders at all levels often approach their offices from a “Big Government” mentality, and this is also destructive to personal rights and liberty.

I see this in my own little town of 2,000 citizens. But why does this happen? Why does government always expand and grow and take over?

The simple answer is because we allow it. We prefer to let others assume the often boring, monotonous, frustrating, tedious, and stressful work of governance. We prefer to entertain ourselves with an almost nonstop diet of movies, computer games, sports, and other diversions.

Most of us have become so engrossed in the accumulation of wealth or things that we neglect our natural spousal, familial, and even community duties; we prefer to let others dictate and make decisions on all but our most personal issues.

This has gone on for decades. When on extreme occasion, an issue arises (almost always after-the-fact) that pricks us so hard as to wake us from our fog of self-indulgence, we become indignant, angry, and even hostile. We demand change now although every poorly thought out, self-centered solution we offer has little or no substance behind it.

This produces a civic disruption, which generally leads to one of three ends: either a long unproductive and unresolved stalemate—expending huge amounts of energy, a compromise that resolves the immediate concern, but ultimately does not solve the problem, or an eventual collapse back into our miasmic self-indulgence.

When will it be time for us to man up and shoulder our citizen responsibilities? I really don’t mean to offend anyone or point a finger at us, I have been guilty of this apathy myself, but I think that our national, state, and community problems are almost at a point of requiring an intervention.

What happens if we don’t make some serious, long-term changes? In terms of providing solutions, the last elections were mediocre to abysmal.

When are we going to figure out that the system is broken? Party will not save America. The executive branch will not save America. The legislative branch will not save America.


Syncing Our Actions and Values

Back to my discussion with Dr. Skousen. Twenty years ago, in a quiet dinner setting, he related his experience with a coalition of national leaders from South America who had hired him to teach them and help them set up a system of governance that would lead to the affluence evinced in the United States.

He was very excited with the prospects.

He did his due diligence, studied their culture, the prominent religions, and the current system of governance.

He created a proposal to introduce principles of liberty and wealth into their culture that would modify their countries enough to enter the domain of liberty and prosperity.

He said all was going well until the last meeting. He indicated to them that there were a couple of more things that needed to be modified before all of this would work. The leaders gave him their full rapt attention.

He said that as he had prepared to meet with them, he had discovered many beautiful and wonderful aspects of their culture that were very much in tune with the principles he was suggesting and the desired end result they were seeking.

However, there were two common practices that would spoil the apple cart and he was there to suggest that these leaders be the ones to promote the end of such practices if they desired to succeed.

“What practices?” they questioned.

Dr. Skousen very gently pointed out that the practice of having mistresses and the system of corruption that was currently in place were not conducive to liberty and prosperity and would need to end.

Dr. Skousen said that these leaders objected and said that these were part of who they were and that the aristocracy would not stand for such changes. This led to a fairly speedy end of the meeting.

Dr. Skousen got on the plane the next day and a great opportunity to bring unprecedented liberty and prosperity to the average South American was lost.

I am not suggesting that you have a mistress or the equivalent (although if you have one, we probably need to talk). I am suggesting that if we are not happy with the state of the nation or the condition of our city or state, it is likely things are happening that are contrary to principles of liberty and prosperity and that we are out of sync with natural law.

No form of government or set of laws alone can protect liberty, create prosperity, or fulfill the end of man. All of the solutions for our current crisis are in the archives of our bygone American Order.

Our heritage speaks of it. Our ancestors lived by it. If we are to return America to her greatness, if we are to improve our lot and leave a national legacy to our great grandchildren, if America once again is to be that light on a hill, the golden door, the hope of humanity, we will need to search out our American Order and restore it.



Year End Activities

As our school year wrapped up we had just a few things left to do before the snow arrived.





































Apply now to be eligible for the $1,000 scholarship, only four seats left for the 2018 school year.

Monticello College Accepting Enrollment Now for 2018


If you have ever considered attending Monticello College, TAKE A LOOK at what we are doing.


The following is a list of lectures and books covered during the first semester at Monticello College:


How to Take Notes and Prepare for Class Discussion

How to Read a Book/What are the Liberal Arts?

Who is Plato, Who is Socrates?

Who is Machiavelli?

Who is John Locke?

Who are Epicurus, Cicero, Epictetus, and Aurelius?

(Student Body) Foundations of  Liberty Lecture #1

Who is Skousen?

Who are Adams, Jefferson, and McCullough?

Permaculture & Biodynamics

Composting & Bio-char

Workshop: Fire Making Techniques

Utah Statehood

What are Auxiliary Precautions?

Colonial History/Articles of Confederation/Constitution/Federalist Papers

Workshop: Regional Edible Wild Plants

Who is Bastiat?/Who is Wister?

Foreign Language Block – Hebrew I (one week immersion)


Submit an Application Here! 


BOOKS/READINGS (This list will be read, discussed, and written about)

DeMille: A Thomas Jefferson Education

Brooks: Three Words of Caution

Gonzales: Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies and Why

Brooks: A Model of Leadership Education

Plato: Apology, Crito, Meno        

Machiavelli: The Prince

Locke: Second Treatise on Civil Government

Ebenstein: Great Political Thinkers (5th Ed.)

Moses: Old Testament, Deuteronomy,  and Ten Commandments

Documents of State:

Magna Charta

Mayflower Compact

Declaration of Independence

Lowenfels: Teaming With Microbes

Forstchen: One Second After

Skousen: The 5,000 Year Leap

McCullough: 1776

Madison, et al: The Federalist Papers

Compilation: The Anti-Federlist Papers

Shakespeare: Merchant of Venice

Bastiat: The Law

Wister: The Virginian

Schneider: A Beginners Guide to Constructing the Universe

Sessions: Universal Model – A New Millennial Science

Euclid: Elements


Other Activities

Farm Day

One-on-One Mentor Meetings

TREK (hiking, survival etc.)

Service Projects

City Council and County Commission Meetings

Planting, Growing, Harvesting Crops

Animal Husbandry (breeding, birthing, daily care, harvesting etc.)

Shooting Range


NOW IS THE TIME to begin the enrollment process for Monticello College for the 2018 School Year (April to November).

Students will spend 35 hours a week in study/class and another 20-30 hours a week working on the farm, engaged in the physical fitness program, time on the rifle range, hiking etc.

Below is a sample of the first year syllabus:

May 2018

Great Books Seminar

T 3           

Sunrise Solitude (SS)


Study – Plato: Apology, Crito – CL

F 4     


Physical Training (PT)


DiscussPlato: Apology, Crito – CL

Study – Plato: Meno – CL

OED – Vocabulary Discussion

S 5           



San Juan County Commission Meeting 9am or Farm Day

Study – Plato: Meno – CL

Mentor Meeting

M 7           




Discuss – Plato: Meno – CL

Lecture: Who is Machiavelli?

Study – Machiavelli: The Prince* 37p/5rh CL

Mentor Meeting

T 8           



10:00am Student Body FOL Lecture

Study – Machiavelli: The Prince

W 9      




Study – Machiavelli: The Prince* 37p/5rh CL

T 10     



Farm Day (work on rifle range)

Study – Machiavelli: The Prince* 37p/5rh CL

Writing Lab Orientation (all years)


Submit an Application Here! 


















































2018 Scholarships at Monticello College

We are a small liberal arts college that teaches the classics of western and eastern civilization and the manual arts of farming, construction, and survival. For the past 2 years our enrollment has doubled and we have good reason to believe that it will double again in 2018.

Based on the applications we have already received for next year, what appears to be a growing trend of annual doubling of enrollment, and the fact that all students are required to live on campus, housing is going to be at a premium in 2018. Application post marks or email dates will be used to secure limited housing until it is gone, the rest of the applications will go on a waiting list.

All new students will receive a $1,000 scholarship upon acceptance. This means that the sooner you apply the sooner you are eligible to  receive the scholarship.

Recently our students sent a group letter to the Monticello College Board of Trustees, here is a part of what they said:

Dear Monticello College Board of Trustees,

No words can really express how we feel about our experience here at Monticello College, but here is an attempt. We started out the school year in April by installing solar panels to generate our own electricity.


Learning the responsibility that comes with being off-grid has been fun although challenging at times. We are definitely a lot more conscious of our energy usage than we ever were before. We have also learned to reduce greatly the use of or live entirely without a lot of things we use to think where necessities.  


Watching the sunrise every morning in our Sunrise Solitude routine, thinking about ways to change ourselves and the future is quite literally enlightening. The MC Physical Training Program has been for us both mentally and physically strenuous. But not only have we become much stronger physically, we have learned to overcome hard tasks that have been placed before us and have learned that we are mentally tougher than we thought ourselves capable.


We are so grateful for the greenhouses and apple orchard fence that we were able to put in this year. Not only do we  have a critter free growing area, we are growing the best tasting tomatoes, greens, beets, and carrots in the entire world! We have learned a lot about how to tend plants properly. There is more to growing vegetables than just planting and watering.


We are thriving in an environment that encourages us to think for ourselves, to start projects of our own. Most of these projects have come from seeing a need and fulfilling it.


Learning the process of studying has been such a growing experience for all of us. Studying the words of the Great Thinkers has been life changing for sure! We are starting to scratch the surface of ancient wisdom that has been preserved through the ages. For this we are extremely grateful and to be honest, most of the time we just stand back in awe and wonder at the vast expanse of wisdom there is and wish we could learn it all at once.  

If this sounds like a good fit for your college age student, contact us for more information (435 590-1661) or click here to apply. We are accepting applications for the 2018 school year now (school year – April thru November).



Utah Farm Conference

The first annual Utah Farm Conference was a raving success. If you didn’t go this year, watch for 2018 tickets soon.

If you go to this link, the entire program will still be available for a few days. Otherwise I will give you a quick review.



Daniel Salatin

Bruno Follador

Utah Rep. Marc Roberts  (sponsor of Utah Herd Shares Bill 2016)

Dr. Shanon Brooks

Matt Powers

Will DeMille

Sara Patterson

Dale Thurber

Candace Schaible

Danny McDowel

Laura Bledsoe

Daniel Salatin and Symbria Patterson

Symbria Patterson is the event coordinator. I have worked with Symbria for years and her events are always over the top awesome!

Julia and I left truly inspired and will be incorporating a number of new ideas this spring on our campus farm.


JANUARY 12-13, 2018



2017 Monticello College Campus Events


This year school begins on April 18. While we have a very full academic calendar, there are three events designed especially for you:

JUNE 12-17 



JULY 10-15











JUNE 12-17


Last April a team of volunteers converged on the Monticello College campus

and in just 36 hours transformed a bare piece of land into an orchard with 65

fruit trees.


Thank you so much, we are forever in your debt.

This year we have consulted with Cal-Earth to begin building student housing. Cal-Earth did a wonderful job of training a number of MC faculty in the process of  building “Super Adobe” domes for student housing.


During the week of June 12-17, we are inviting volunteers to join us for a week of hard labor and love as we begin construction on our first MC student domes.

If you are interested in joining us for all or part of this adventure, please

contact me directly at 435 590 1661 or email at

Here’s how it will work, it’s really simple:

  1. bring a tent and camp on site.

2. Work really hard from sun up to sun down.

3. We will feed you and you will have access to restrooms and showers.

When you are done, you will of course have helped us build our campus, and for that you have our eternal gratitude. But that is not all you will take home. When human beings put this kind of effort into helping others, it changes them. It will make you a better person, and if you bring the whole family, it will strengthen your family unit in ways that are almost indescribable.










JULY 10-15


CLICK HERE to learn more or to register.

It has always been truethe youth are the future. So what does your future hold? Are you prepared to lead?

Monticello College hosts our annual Youth For America retreat because we take your future leadership serious.

But nobody said that learning about great American leaders and developing your leadership skills had to be boring.

Come join us for a week of fun, excitement, and some of the most incredible natural beauty you have every seen.

Classes, colloquia, hiking, lake trips, bonfires, and wilderness experiences that will stimulate discussions and help you remember why this is the greatest nation on earth.

Perhaps most importantly, you will meet some of the best youth in the nation—youth like you who care about the important things, and you will make new friends that will change your life forever.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to enjoy the beauties of the Blue Mountains and catch the vision of a lifelong Thomas Jefferson Education on the campus of Monticello College!









CLICK HERE to learn more or to register.




The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

“To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

For some, this summit will be the beginning of an education they have longed for.

For others, it will be the next step in their intellectual development.

Still for others, it will be a launching pad into social/political change and impact.

Regardless your reason for attending, this summit will be a major turning point in knowledge acquisition and intellectual insight, in building deep meaningful relationships, and bonding with nature and nature’s God.

Everyone is familiar with the phrase “those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it.”

We believe this so strongly that we have taken our theme from Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and will address the essence of this tome comparing and contrasting it with American history and our potential future.

Holding such a summit in the wilderness of the Blue Mountains, in the company of some of the greatest people in our land, and learning, analyzing, and meditating on the knowledge gained here will be the experience of a lifetime.

Come join us and begin to become part of the American solution.

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace.  We ask not your counsels or arms.  Crouch down and lick the hands, which feed you.  May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” – Samuel Adams

Lecture Topics: 

Origins of Conservative and Liberal Thought

Decline and Fall of the Roman & American Empires

The Economy: Local, National, Global

Millennial’s: The New Economy

The Servile State: Medieval Economics

Location:  Monticello College 1849 North Creek Road, Monticello, UT 84535

Cost*:  $300 per person/$500 per couple

San Juan County Discount – $250 per person/$400 per couple

MA NL Student Discount – $215 per person/$375 per couple

Information:  (435) 590 – 1661

*Cost covers meals and materials only.  Housing should be secured separately.