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Four Cardinal Errors: Reasons for the Decline of the American Republic Paperback – December 2, 2011

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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Brush Fire Press International (December 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615516416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615516417
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,059,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven Yates earned his doctorate in philosophy at the University of Georgia in 1987 and has taught the subject at a number of Southeastern colleges and universities. He is the author of two previous books: Civil Wrongs: What Went Wrong With Affirmative Action (ICS Press, 1994) and Worldviews: Christian Theism versus Modern Materialism (The Worldviews Project, 2005). His articles and reviews have appeared in refereed philosophy journals such as Inquiry, Metaphilosophy, Reason Papers, and Public Affairs Quarterly, as well as on websites such as,,,,, and elsewhere. He also writes semiregular columns for a conservative weekly based in Greenville, South Carolina, The Times Examiner. He lives in a rural area of Greenville County, South Carolina, with two extremely spoiled cats named Bo and Misty.

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Dr. Steven Yates (1957- ) has a B.A. from the University of Tulsa (1980), an M.A. (1983) and Ph.D. in philosophy (1987) from the University of Georgia. He has taught philosophy at Clemson University, Auburn University, Wofford College, the University of South Carolina, Greenville Technical College, USC Upstate, and Universidad de Santiago de Chile.

Dr. Yates is the author of three books: Civil Wrongs (1994), Worldviews (2005) and Four Cardinal Errors (2011). He has published almost two dozen articles, review essays and reviews in academic journals; and dozens of articles on alternative media websites. He has written policy studies for the Heartland Institute and the South Carolina Policy Council; held fellowships with the Institute for Humane Studies, the Heritage Foundation, the Acton Institute, and the Ludwig von Mises Institute; and been involved with editing and ghostwriting projects.

On June 1, 2012 he moved to Santiago, Chile. Initially seeking a full-time position teaching Philosophy at the university level again, he now questions whether this was a sound objective, and if it wouldn't be better to work out a strategy for escaping academia while remaining an educator in a broad sense: promoting dialogue working towards a more ethical and less materialist view of the world, critical thinking skills, and long term thinking, while joining with others also pursuing these goals. While working on two more books (working titles What Should Philosophy Do? and The Paradox of Liberty) he has grown interested in social & intellectual entrepreneurship, welding together skills acquired in the past with those to be learned in the near future. To earn extra money he has also started a small one-man business called Final Draft Editing Service (

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T.V. Weber on February 5, 2014
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Steven Yates gets it; don't let his title trick you! It is not about the 1964 World Series! It not about the four very lousiest Popes, which the College of Cardinals selected. It is about what went wrong with the United States system of government and in American society.

The Four Cardinal Errors is a great companion volume to my work, The Crumbling Wall Against Tyranny: a/k/a The United States Constitution. My work deals with the US system of government as originally intended how we have been losing our freedoms for the last two hundred years. The Four Cardinal Errors shows four major reasons why the once great US system of government went bad.

Error one was something which I would have never discovered on my own. The United States never got full economic independence from England! Hide the ball. The US government has money based upon a decimal system. British money is a world of shillings, pennies, pounds and something called "a half crown." Like AC and DC current, US money and British money just don't seem to mix. Now that I have read Yates book, it is so obvious.

Error two was the government-controlled educational system. Forty years ago, it seemed that the schools were a good thing and the so-called "generation gap" was just an anomaly of the times. It took a man with real insight to realized that it was a not a gap based up age groups; it was a gap between what the public schools taught the youth and established American culture believed. Twenty years ago, the teaching of American public schools were so far from anything that I could endorse that I would never dream of letting a child of mine near one. Today, I think of public schools as places where parents send children that they hate. Dr.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CS on December 6, 2013
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I expected to be informed by this book. I was not prepared to enjoy it as much as I did. It is well written. The historic facts are presented in a clear, concise manner to lead the reader to follow the story of finance. Americans would do well to read this book to understand our situation.
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