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The Spirit of Progress : Reclaiming the Free World's Heritage

by Yigal Kahana


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"Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason." Thomas Paine

What is an objective definition of social progress? Which principles apply universally to all societies? How can the people of the free world progress further and avoid regressing?

The Spirit of Progress answers these questions, detailing an objective definition of progress in human social organization, identifying principles that apply universally to all people and all societies, and showing, through an analysis of world history, that those who have followed those principles achieve progress, while those who violate them invariably fall in the long run. As much as societies respect the Human Rights of their people, that is how free those societies and people are. The text follows the course of social progress through history, focusing on the wealth of connections between cultures and across political boundaries to expose the falsity of the Myth of Western Civilization and the fallacy of racial thinking, and to explain why the greatest periods of growth and progress in history have occurred in diverse and relatively free societies.

Author Yigal Kahana was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, and currently lives in Miami, Florida, with three sons and a variety of pets. He has over twenty years of experience as an attorney working primarily in Insurance, Contract, and Corporate Law in Florida, Oregon, and Texas. He received a Bachelor's Degree in History from Yeshiva University in New York, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law, and is licensed to practice law in Florida State Courts, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and the United States District Court for the Nothern District of Texas.

Mr. Kahana is also a historian and an educator. He spent ten years operating a program to teach Israeli-Ethopian and Israeli- Arab high-school students a history-based English, civil society, and human rights curriculum that he wrote. He has guest lectured for Ruppin College in Israel, Boston University, Florida International University, Barry University, and the University of Miami Online Learning Institute, and delivered a series of Zoom lectures for the Israeli national police force on the subject of Unteaching Racism.