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Spit, Hit and Pissed

In early 2022, I was asked to teach at ASU, Arizona State University, one of the largest public universities in America. The person who asked was Ann Atkinson, Executive Director of the T.W. Lewis Center for Personal Development at Barrett, the Honors College and I would teach Barrett’s honors students. My first (and immediate) reaction and response was “No!”

My reasoning was that the last time I was on a college campus I was a target, spit on and jeered by my fellow students. That unpleasant experience was during the Vietnam war, while I was stationed in Hawaii. The year was 1973.

Welcome Home

In January 1973, approximately 200 U.S. servicemen and servicewomen landed at Norton Air Force Base, returning from a year in Vietnam.

As the aircraft taxied into the military terminal, the pilot said,

“Ladies and gentlemen, America has changed.”

The pilot continued, “I suggest as soon as you are in the terminal, get out of your uniforms and get into any civilian clothes you have packed. There are hundreds of anti-war protestors outside… waiting to welcome you home.”

Target of Eggs and Harassment

Standing in my civilian clothes, off the base and waiting for a bus to get me to San Francisco International Airport, I was spit on, hit with a raw egg, and called a “baby killer” by hippies of the Woodstock “love-in” generation. We were all about the same age… yet very different.

Once settled in at my new base, Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station in Hawaii, I began planning my future.

I signed up for the MBA program at the University of Hawaii. There, too, I was spit at and jeered by fellow students as I walked across the campus.

It was easy to tell I was in the military. I had the Marine Corps haircut, and almost all of the other male students looked like hippies and surfers.

Let’s just say that I didn’t have pleasant memories of my last days on a college campus. And that’s why I said “No” to Ann Atkinson. That was my lame excuse for not wanting to teach at the Barrett Honors College at ASU.

But Ann was persuasive, and I finally agreed to teach several courses over the summer of 2022.

I Loved It

The students at the Barrett Honors College were amazing. They were Honors students in more ways than just academics. They are future leaders.

Ann once again used her charm to talk me into a bigger event. Her reasoning was that since the students had loved our program… why not do a much larger, one-night event for the public?

And this time I said “Yes.”

My experience with the students had been so positive, it was easy to commit to a large-stage event at the college.

Health, Wealth and Happiness

The event, to be held at ASU’s Gammage Auditorium, was scheduled for February 8, 2023. The title of the evening event was Health, Wealth and Happiness.

My personal physician — a cardiologist, heart transplant surgeon, and a doctor of acupuncture — was to speak on health. Dr. Radha Gopalan is the author of the book Second Opinion. As both a cardiac surgeon and a doctor of acupuncture, his insights into health, from both an Eastern and a Western perspective, are illuminating.

Speaking on happiness was Dennis Prager, founder of Prager University. Prager U is an American advocacy group that creates videos and content to promote a conservative viewpoint on various political, economic, and sociological topics.

Dennis Prager is an educational entrepreneur and an influential force in the brave new world of education.

And I was to speak on my favorite subject: the difference between wealth and money. And ask my favorite question: What did school teach you about money?

Attack of the Academics

In December of 2022, the Health, Wealth, and Happiness event was publicized.

In early 2023, Ann Atkinson learned that professors at ASU were going to protest, boycott, and attempt to shut down the Health, Wealth, and Happiness event.

When Ann informed me of the professors’ intentions, the memories of landing at Norton Air Force base and being an MBA student at the University of Hawaii returned. I let Ann know that I was out. Bad memories are bad memories. My wimpy logic: Why relive them?

Again, Ann’s charm and negotiation skills won out… and kept me from running out the door.

Fighting Fire with Fire

Once I realized what was actually happening I knew it was time to fight back, stand our ground… fight fire with fire. I called friend and neighbor, Kari Lake.

Kari was in a fight of her own. She was embroiled in a controversial 2020 mid-term election lawsuit in Arizona. Kari Lake had run for Governor of Arizona as a Republican. She was in the middle of challenging questionable election results, just as my friend and co-author Donald Trump has been

since the 2020 election. Another questionable election that millions believe to have been ‘stolen’… and a factor that led to the attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.

The words of warning from Joseph Stalin come to mind: “It’s not the people who vote that count, it’s the people who count the votes.”

Finally, finding my personal courage to fight back, I called Kari, who was in Florida at the time talking to former President Trump. I explained the attack by the 37 professors at ASU.

Immediately, within 10 minutes, Kari sent out a press release to the conservative media.

Immediately, Kari Lake’s media team took the fight at ASU to the public. We were fighting back — and it made national news.

And immediately… ticket sales for our February 8th event surged.

A Single Protester

The Health, Wealth, and Happiness event took place as scheduled without incident.

I believe only one protester showed up. He sat in the front row with a feeble cardboard sign that I could not read from the stage.

The three courageous ASU professors who opposed the 37 “woke” professors were cheered by the audience. The February event was a success.

The Chilling Effect

I believe millions of people are sick and tired of “woke” academics and chronic censorship, of being afraid to speak up.

Dr. Owen Anderson was one of the three ASU professors who was applauded by the crowd because he took on the 37 woke professors.

In an interview with Dr. Anderson on Rich Dad Radio, he calls this type of censorship “the chilling effect.”

Silence Is a Lie

The chilling effect is when people self-censor, and are afraid of speaking up even though they want to.

Dr. Jordan Peterson, another college professor, retired from the University of Toronto, citing his “persona non grata” status and academics’ “craven” embrace of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.Jordan Peterson warns: “When you have something to say… silence is a lie.”

Time to Speak Up

After nearly backing out of the ASU event, I found the courage to speak out.

My first book, Rich Dad Poor Dad, was first published in 1997. The book was self-published because it was turned down by every New York book publisher we approached.

A few editors added comments in their rejection notice: “When it comes to money, you do not know what you’re talking about.”

Still #1… 26 Years Later

As recently as March 2023, Rich Dad Poor Dad held the top spot, yet again, on best-seller lists in Publishers Weekly, the bible of the book publishing industry… a quarter century after it was first published.

On April 8, 2023, Rich Dad Poor Dad will have been on best seller lists all over the world for 26 years.

Time to Stop Being Silent

The editors who rejected Rich Dad Poor Dad were correct, in a sense. It wasn’t that I “didn’t know what I was talking about…” but that I wasn’t stating all that I really knew — about money, the world economy, and how those who control money, control the world… including the world of education.

For over 25 years, I have done my best to “stay in my lane,” the lane of financial education. Over those years, as many of you may know, I did venture out into areas that I studied and knew.

In 2022 I released my most daring book, Capitalist Manifesto.

That book is my counterpoint to Karl Marx and Fredrich Engels’ 1848 book The Communist Manifesto, a book I studied in 1965.

As you may know, The Communist Manifesto is also a best-selling book, responsible in part for the death of hundreds of millions of people all over the world.

Capitalists vs. Marxists

This website was inspired by the February 8, 2023 event at Arizona State University.

This completes my experience of fighting Communists in Vietnam. The experiences of never saying good-bye to friends who were shot down, never to return to the carrier… and then being spit on when I arrived home in January of 1973. And also my experience as a student at the University of Hawaii.

As Dennis Prager taught at ASU on February 8, 2023: “Self-control is more important… than self-esteem.”

That is one of the many lessons I have absorbed, personally, from Dennis Prager.

Why This Site?

I thank the students of Barrett, the Honors College for their support. And I thank the thousands who bought tickets to the Health, Wealth and Happiness event and showed up at ASU’s Gammage Auditorium. Your courage inspired me. You inspired me to speak up.

As Thomas Paine said: “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Thomas Paine was born in England and he became an American revolutionary, political activist, philosopher, and political theorist.

He was born in England in 1737. He died in America in 1809. Imagine his turmoil, fighting against England, the land of his birth.

I believe we are at war on several fronts: with our schools and the education system… and school boards and government officials (including, famously, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland) who have labeled parents who dare to speak out “domestic terrorists.”

In hindsight, I’ve come to believe that the attack by the 37 ASU professors was the re-enactment of the real-life clash between my rich dad and my poor dad.

The Courage to Speak Up

I write this with the intention that we — we who believe in free speech and are concerned about “woke” education being fed to students by “woke” teachers — find the courage to speak up.

As Jordan Peterson warns, “When you have something to say… silence is a lie.”

Thank you for choosing to read this

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