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Stewart grew up on his family's farm located in NE Ohio's Summit County. In the middle of his last high-school year he asked his parents to give their permission for him to enroll, as a 17 year-old minor, in the US Naval Air Reserves "weekend warrior" O-2 training program at the Akron, Ohio Naval Air Station.

He graduated near the top of Hudson Township's 1951 class of forty-seven students. After spending part of that summer on active training duty, he commuted from home to Kent State University and to NAS Akron. The following summer his Navy Squadron flew an east coast logistical air wing based at Norfolk, VA Naval Air Station. He has fond memories of flying at 17 - 20 years of age in these Navy propeller-driven airplanes: PBY, SNJ, SNB, TBM, and R4D.

The Navy enabled him to transfer to Ohio State University and occupied his time again throughout the following summer. By December of 1955, at which time he earned his Bachelor of Science degree, the war in Korea had ended. More importantly for him, education and developing personal convictions precluded him from pursuing a military career.

He went to work within a few days of graduation, with a "Q" Security Clearance from the Atomic Energy Commission, in a laboratory at Battelle Memorial Institute, within walking distance of the college. An avid reader, by 1960 he no longer considered an academic or military career, nor a lifetime spent working in the confines of a laboratory. He took a job in Ohio with Lever Brothers Company, a large consumer products marketing firm that offered a two-year in-field sales-training program. After the two years he was promoted and transferred to New York City where he eventually participated in the introduction of new products.

He resigned from Lever after six years to triple his income, switching from marketing consumer products to industrial sales. By 1968 he had become one of the nation's top producing truck-body salesmen, selling to major truck-rental companies. After learning the techniques of successful distributor marketing, he moved on to become regional sales manager of a company for a couple of years and then the general sales manager of a division of a publicly traded company. He drove the business into a profitable position within his first full quarter's accounting period.

In 1976 he decided to go into business for himself and to return to his mid-western roots. In the course of a year he built an early Century-21 real estate franchise into the SE Ohio region's leading office in all areas: recruiting, listings, sales, and profit. Bored with that business, he began to study the way that personal financial products were marketed, especially "savings-type" or "money-back" life-insurance. These were financial contracts that he could never fully comprehend.

After sending away for The Consumers Union Guide to Life Insurance and reading it carefully, it became obvious to him that accurate information was needed from other than the industry's trained salesmen and their clever General Agents.

He then studied several books on the subject, including Norman F. Dacey's What's Wrong with Your Life Insurance, G. Scott Reynolds' The Mortality Merchants, the classic chapter #13 on life-insurance in Venita Van Caspel's Money Dynamics, and Randal A. Hendricks definitive study, "A Legal Analysis of the Sale of Life Insurance", [The Houston Law Review 810 (1969)].

He decided to recruit and train a marketing organization that would accurately inform consumers, enabling them to make financial decisions in the interest of their families rather than in those of already financially bloated life-insurance companies.

He met and joined forces with a couple of older highly successful and experienced sales executives, the men who introduced the marketing of mutual funds to the American public. Together, over the next several years, he worked with the progressive insurance companies for which they designed products his own company marketed.

In 1980 he wrote and self-published Financial Recovery. Advertised in full-page ads in "Life Insurance Selling" magazine, where it received a favorable review, thousands of copies were bought by individual agents and agencies across America where it helped to create substantial industry changes.

From 1980 to 1985 he built, owned, and managed a company that became one of the top volume diversified brokerage agencies in America, marketing selected financial products nationally, including tax-deferred single-premium annuities before the tax-law was changed from FIFO to LIFO effective Aug. 14, 1982, and selling attractive unregistered tax-sheltered investments before the IRS eliminated them with TEFRA. Before the personal computer age, he struggled to learn how to program the TI-59 in order to provide responsible agents throughout the country a means of calculating and presenting replicable and accountable financial product analyses for their clients at the point of sale.

He made the stupid mistake by entering politics. A couple of friends and Stewart picked a slate of state-wide candidates after helping the new Libertarian Party gain Ohio ballot access. He ran for the Ohio Senate, campaigning on rejection of the state income tax, repeal of the federal income tax, and audit of the Federal Reserve System. He put a sign on the back of his motorcycle's seat that read, "Stop the Federal Income Tax". It got a lot of approving honks. In retrospect, he realizes how politically naive he was at the time. He did relatively well at the polls but unexpectedly generated personally destructive and formidable enemies.

His brilliant younger brother Bob, a PhD geologist living in Florida, had for years been encouraging him to move south. In January 1986, during a particularly cold Ohio winter, he relocated to Sarasota, Florida, a community which he loves today as much as he did the first day he found it. He hopes to live peacefully there to age 100 among interesting neighbors. He is best contacted as Stewart in

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Would Diderot Advocate Strangulation Today?

Philosophical Musings After 9/11


After years of religiosity enforced on humanity’s masses by the police power of Rome, a small group of highly intelligent men and women gave birth to the Enlightenment. Luther’s Protestant Reformation resulted from information technology advance, the mass printing of holy texts. Enlightened individuals in France had similarly gained access to classical Greek predecessors.

Applying skepticism to what Ayn Rand later would illuminate in “Attila and the Witch Doctor”, Denis Diderot wrote, “Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.” Political revolutions followed inevitably. The writings of Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot, and others were picked up by many, including Goethe. The most intellectual of America’s founding fathers, Jefferson, was profoundly influenced by Diderot.

In today’s democracies, if you are looking for persons to strangle, Diderot’s kings have been replaced by the “shadow government”, referred to as “the dreadful few” by one writer and as “the usual suspects” by our greatest twentieth century historian. Their kings’ henchmen today are bribed politicians. Diderot’s priests remain, in dwindling and increasingly precarious repute, having been functionally replaced by newspaper, television, and Hollywood propagandists.

Mankind’s betters, the few, have not been consistently dreadful. Philosophically despising monarchs didn’t stop Diderot from letting Catherine II of Russia bail him out financially. Diderot felt that critical thinking and inquiry was hereditary and shared by a minority. He, as Galileo earlier, was ruthlessly persecuted.

Political power does not have to micro-manage the repression of skeptical thought and inquiry. It has merely to sanction it and masses respond predictably. Regicide makes room at the top for democratic forces of repression as old as Anthony Comstock, The Women’s Temperance Union, and A. Mitchell Palmer. Today’s social “reformers” are as new as Mencken’s Rotarians and Southern Baptists.


To think that greed and lust for power will ever be eradicated in certain human natures or, using the Jeffersonian term, “chained” by our Constitution or other paperwork, is wishful thinking. Today we must focus upon and protect even to the risk of our lives as evidenced by Gary Webb, America’s First Constitutional Amendment.

The huge pertinent question, as raised in the famous Grand Inquisitor excerpt from Dostoevsky’s “The Brothers Karamazov”, is whether or not control of the masses by widespread official myths and narratives, such as 9/11 and such ongoing absurd daily televised nonsense as 9/11, Aurora, Sandy Hook, and Boston Marathon, is the most desirable way to preserve social harmony and to effect geopolitical objectives. Today our Rulers must be contemplating supplementary means of institutionalizing economic plunder and compounding political power to render it far more effective than that formerly held by monarchs and their henchmen.

Political questions were elucidated by Horace and Plato but you can bet that they go back a longer way. They concerned the founders of our government centuries later. Today they stare us in the face. Orwell’s 1984 nightmare has arrived in America. Optimists point to advancing information technology, our digital revolution, as mankind’s means to resolve the dilemma.

Until the internet is free, or human nature changes, or until education is separated from government and commercial advertising is removed from mankind’s natural resource, its airwaves, don’t put your money on solving the problem in this new millennium.


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  1. beausoleil  January 12, 2015 at 1:22 pm

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    That official history does not stand up to scrutiny. The Protestant movement has Rothschild Zionist written all over it. . France’s best families had stronger ties of blood than religion, and it was these good families that they targeted, in revolution after revolution, as they maintained a steady stream of sedition and chaos that forced our ancestors, not only out of Europe, but again out of the East coast of North America, and now they want us out of the Gulf of Mexico. Remember when you read these histories written in the last few decades, to watch for tell-tale signs of propaganda, like the coupling of a particular person or group name with a negative characteristic or motivation, even when describing patently good actions. In general though, you can expect that that the best people in history are simply ignored, and the very best are slandered and ignored. I post this as a warning to others, to reconsider the official narrative, and in so doing understand where the historical errors were made, and in so doing figure out how to correct ourselves spiritually. If we don’t adopt a more positive and also a more truthful historical narrative, and I mean now, then I see the next generation passively accepting a culture and lifestyle that leads to self-annihilation.

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