By Chris Stewart
How strange is it, particularly, within the background of all identified human event, to benefit from the advantages of dwelling free?
The solution may perhaps shock you. In The Miracle of Freedom, Chris and Ted Stewart make a robust case that fewer than five percentage of each person who've ever lived on the planet have lived lower than stipulations that lets think of unfastened. So the place did freedom come from, and the way are we lucky adequate to event it in our day?
A deeper examine the human list, write the authors, finds a sequence of severe occasions, noticeable forks within the street resulting in very varied results, that ended in this outstanding interval within which we are living. They establish and speak about seven decisive tipping points:
1. The defeat of the Assyrians of their quest to ruin the dominion of Judah
2. The victory of the Greeks over the Persians at Thermopylae and Salamis
three. Roman Emperor Constantine's conversion to Christianity
four. The defeat of the armies of Islam at Poitiers
five. The failure of the Mongols of their attempt to beat Europe
6. the invention of the hot World
7. The conflict of england in global warfare II
the adventure to freedom has been millions of years lengthy. Now that it has came upon its position on the planet, the query for these folks who event its advantages is just this: can we paintings to maintain the miracle of freedom that we take pleasure in this present day?
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