Freedom and Economics

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Freedom and economics podcast with the Tuttle Twins and Vintage Homeschool Moms, Felice GerwitzHow can you teach children the ideals of freedom and economics in a way they will remember? Join your host, Felice Gerwitz, and Daniel Harmon, the Creator and Showrunner of the Tuttle Twins TV Show.

Freedom and Economics ~ Episode 513

How often do you get a chance to talk to the creator of a television show? Well, today, I sat down with Daniel Harmon, a homeschooled dad of seven. Daniel is the creator and executive producer of the Tuttle Twins TV show. He is the co-founder of Harmon Brothers and Angel Studios. I’m sure many of you recognize that name. It is the studio that produces a favorite among many, The Chosen. Daniel is the father of seven and says the show for them and what he would have wanted as a kid. He claims his kids are his in-house focus group!

As a fan of the Tuttle Twins novels, I purchased several sets for family and friends; it was my pleasure to bring you this interview.

Freedom and Economics Points discussed:

Many believe economics is reserved for someone else to teach. Or it is up to the kids to learn it in higher level learning like college. Yet with the Tuttle Twins, both the book series and the TV show it is something that kids can actually understand. It is put in the context of the principles of freedom of your rights, and it’s not as complicated as it’s made out to be. They overcomplicate it in a way that does a lot of destruction to our economy, but it is not nearly as complicated as some like to make it out to be.


You start from a basis. We all have rights, rights to life, to liberty, to property. The things that are enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and in the Constitution. Those rights are defined by economist Frederick Bastia, who wrote the book The Law. These rights are inherent, God-given rights. Kids instinctively know this is true. If they have something that they’ve worked for, you can’t go and take that away from them. That’s unfair, right? That’s their property. 

Freedom of Life:

If someone tries to hurt or kill a person, that is not fair. That’s my right to my life. You can’t take away someone’s life; this does not allow a person to have liberty, the ability to make their own decisions and to pursue their own dreams and passions and things like that. And people can’t also get in the way of that. Then, when you understand that, add economics.


A high-level principle is putting policies into place that are beneficial. The policy needs to benefit more than one group. Not only in the short term but needs to benefit all groups in the long term. And kids get that as well. The policy needs to be something that’s not just favoring a given industry or corporation or something similar; it needs to be something that really creates a fair playing field for everyone. 

Freedom, Economics, and Business:

More points discussed:

  • The TV series is based on the books that have sold over 5 million copies
  • It teaches about timeless principles of freedom and economics that are not being taught in schools or in culture
  • It’s about a Grandma who takes her twin grandkids on adventures with her time-traveling wheelchair
  • The show is free, has over 20 episodes released, and is available for FREE on the Angel Studios app (the same distributor that brought you The Chosen). Season 2 is available.
  • We have an episode on socialism that features Kevin Sorbo
  • Our mission is to reach 100 million kids with the idea of freedom
  • The show is a co-viewing experience. Kids AND parents enjoy it and learn and discuss the concepts together. It has many jokes that go right over the heads of 8-year-olds but are intended to keep parents engaged.
  • The website is

Raise Teens Who Love America

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Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #128, How to Raise Teens Who Love America, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Raise Teens Who Love America

In “Raise Teens Who Love America,” Episode, #128, Meredith Curtis urges you to be proactive in raising freedom-loving young people. It’s so easy to take freedom for granted until you lose it. America has been a beacon of freedom and hope to the entire world for centuries, but do our children and teenagers appreciate their heritage? You can raise children and teens who are enthusiastic, yet realistic about the United States of America



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Show Notes

Diego “I Love America”


Cubans risking their lives to get here

Time in Germany (“We are all watching”)

Our Christian Heritage

Puritans, Pilgrims, and the Great Awakening

The influence of Jesus and the Word of God

Learn to look at history in light of national and world culture (e.g. cursing, sexual immorality, slavery, taxes, role of women)


Based on Bible

God as Law-Giver, Judge, and King

Federalists & Anti-Federalists

Read/Discuss Constitution

Read/Discuss Bill of Rights

Meet the Founding Fathers

Freedom from Slavery

Christians Against Slavery

Both sides of the ocean—Wilberforce, Beechers

Underground Railroad


Melting Pot

Ellis Island to Interwoven in the fabric of life

Horatio Algiers and the Rags to Riches Tales

Freedom in Education

Freedom vs. Government Nannies

Giving opportunities to experience freedom, taxation, entrepreneurships

Read biographies of brave freedom-lovers

Raising Patriots

Biographies (Cotton Mather, William Bradford, John Winthrop, Jonathan Edwards, George Washington, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Quincy Adams, Patrick Henry, Paul Revere, Daniel Webster, Charles Finney, Jedidiah Smith, Davy Crockett, Marcus & Narcissa Whitman, Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Lew Wallace, Booker T. Washington, Washington Carver, Calvin Coolidge, John D. Rockefeller, D.L. Moody, Billy Sunday, John Wannamker, Ben Carson, Ronald Reagan)

Listen to people who love America (Prager U, Dan Bongino, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingrahm, Bill O’Reilly,

Patriotic Resources (A’Beka, Bob Jones, FACE, Powerline Productions, Notgrass, Liberty Press,

Patriotic Songs (God Bless America, Star Spangled Banner, My Country “tis of Thee, God Bless the USA)

Movies (Patriot, Harriet, Midway, Cheaper by the Dozen, The Blind Side, Remember the Titans, Dave’s Barton’s American Heritage series, Dave’s Stott’s Drive Thru American History)

Cartoons (Learn Our History, This is America, Charlie Brown, Adventures in Odyssey)

Conservative Authors (Cal Thomas, Rush Limbaugh, Thomas Sowell, William F. Buckley, Rand Paul, Pat Buchanan, Robert Bork, Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, George Will)

Historical Fiction/Living Books/Biographies (The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, Gifted Hands by Ben Carson)

Conservative News Sources (Newsmax, One America News Network, CBN News, Town Hall, The American Conservative, Epic Times, Daily Caller)

Pointing out Inconsistencies


Listen to viewpoints of those who oppose the USA and discuss (Iran, Socialists, Mainstream Media, Academia, Critical Race Theory)

Where are they right?

Do they take it too far?

Where are they wrong?

Read Communist Manifesto—see how many times you can hear the book being quoted or ideas from the book being encouraged or esteemed

Go through Understanding the Times together or in a group

Make sure your teens understand the idea of living in a fallen world and the sin nature of man. There are no perfect people, ideas, or nations. All is flawed,  under the curse of sin.

Make sure your teens understand the redemption of Jesus. He saves, redeems, restores. The Word of God applies to all of life!

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Show Notes

Our history is British. The 13 American colonies who became the United States of America were all British colonies.

English Common Law

Rights that Englishmen enjoyed:

  • representative government
  • trial by a jury of peers
  • accused faces accusers
  • protection of private property
  • everyone from King to peasant accountable to God and the law of the land

Colonial Autonomy

Colonists from the beginning enjoyed a large amount of freedom and self-government.

  • The Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact
  • the Massachusetts Bay Company stockholders who made decisions for the colony all lived in Boston
  • New England enjoyed town hall meetings
  • Virginians elected representatives who enjoyed autonomy

Great Awakening

Revival brought unity that crossed denominational lines that often separate people. Revival erased the division of colony boundaries.

French & Indian War

Trained the colonists for war, taught them to work together against a common enemy.

Big problem: The British soldiers would not go home.

Proclamation Line of 1763

To keep their word to the Native Americans who fought on the side of the British, Parliament passed a law protecting land west of the Proclamation Line of 1763 for the Native Americans.


Parliament taxed the American colonists here, there, and everywhere. Most of it was to pay off the debt from the French and Indian War, but some was just because they could.

Representatives from several colonies also met together and sent a protest letter to the king. In 1766, Founding Father Ben Franklin traveled to London, appearing before Parliament, asking them to repeal the Stamp Act.

Repeal the Stamp Act they did. However, the passed the Declaratory Act right away saying, “we can pass any law we want to in the colonies!” It was like a slap in the face. British citizens were supposed to have representation. The cry began, “No taxation without representation!”

The New York Assembly voted to ignore the Quartering Act on December 15, 1766. They refused to fund the British soldiers. Outraged, King George III, disbanded the New York Assembly. Things were heating up!


Mercantilism, or using protectionism to restrict trade in the colonies in order to fill the Mother country’s treasury, was practiced by Great Britain. They outlawed free trade, dictated who the colonists could buy from, levied high tariffs, and taxed whatever they could. The colonists believed in Free-Market economics and freedom of choice, so mercantilism frustrated them.

Boston Massacre 1770

Some British colonists forgot a very important truth: it’s not wise to through rocks at someone holding a gun who has the legal right to use it. This incident, however, inflamed anger throughout all 13 colonies.

Committees of Correspondence 1772

An unfortunate event led to colonists being taken back to England to stand trial. This violated their rights as Englishmen to a jury of their peers. Committees of Correspondence were started to protect towns from invasive government trampling on individual rights.

Sons of Liberty

The Sons of Liberty was founded in Boston in 1765 to fight the Stamp Act. It grew into all 13 colonies to fight for protection of the colonists rights as Englishmen. Sons of Liberty included Samuel Adams, Benedict Arnold, John Hancock, Patrick Henry, James Otis, Jr., Paul Revere, James Swan, Alexander McDougall, Benjamin Rush, Charles Thompson, Joseph Warren, Marinus Willet, Oliver Wolcott, Christopher Gadsden, Haym Salomon, Hercules Mulligan, Thomas Melville, and Isaac Sears.

Who was John Hancock?

John Hancock was a wealthy merchant in Boston. His ship Liberty was seized in 1768. He was a Son of Liberty. He served as President of the Second Continental Congress and first and third governor of Massachusetts.

Who was Samuel Adams?

Sam Adams was a politician in Boston who worked tirelessly for freedom as a Son of Liberty. He was a member of the Continental Congresses and served as fourth governor of Massachusetts.

Boston Tea Party 1773

John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and other Sons of Liberty dressed up as Native Americans, stormed a British ship and tossed all the cargo (tea) into the Boston Harbor, created one large pot of tea.

Closing Boston Port March 1774

As punishment for the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Harbor was closed to all but British military ships. As you can imagine, businesses were sunk! This affected almost every family in Boston in a negative way.

First Continental Congress September 1774

“We’ve had enough!” colonial leaders decided and met together to appeal to King George III and Parliament. They did three things:

  1. A Declaration of Rights (Freedom of trial by jury of peers, freedom of assembly, and freedom to representative if they were taxed)
  2. Organized a Boycott of British Goods
  3. Declared that if Patriots were attacked, they would defend themselves

Compromise Feb 1775

In January of 1775, Parliament considered the appeal from the First Continental Congress, eventually deciding to ease up on some of the taxes and give in on other issues by February.

Patrick Henry Speech March 1775

Meanwhile down in Virginia, the House of Burgesses had been disbanded by the Royal Governor, so they met in secret at a church. They were discussing the need to raise a volunteer calvary and infantry in every Virginia county when Patrick Henry gave his famous “Give Me Liberty or Give me Death” speech. The delegates sat in contemplative silence after the speech and the resolution passed.

Looking for Sam & John April 1775

General Gage was ordered to use whatever force is necessary to enforce the laws on April 14 and to confiscate militia weapons. He was to disarm the rebels and arrest key leaders like Sam Adams and John Hancock.

Paul Revere’s Ride

Sons of Liberty intercepted the British plans to capture Sam and John, as well as the colonists stockpile of weapons. Paul Revere and John Dawes were sent on different routes to warn, “The British are coming!” Sam and John escaped and the weapons were moved to a new location. However, …

Battle of Lexington

In Lexington, Captain John Parker gathered the Militia and Minutemen to prepare for battle. The British arrived at sunrise the next day. A few shots were exchanged between the Militia and the British troops, driving the Americans away. Eight Americans were dead and ten wounded. Only one British soldier was injured. On to Concord.

Battle of Concord

As the British entered Concord, the Americans fell back, taking up position on a hill across North Bridge. The British roamed through Concord looking for guns and military supplies. They destroyed three canons and some gunpowder.

In the meantime, reinforcements arrived, so the Americans advanced toward the British. American Colonel James Barrett led his men to engage the British and send them fleeing. They regrouped and headed back to Boston.

As the British headed back to Boston through Lexington, the Militia engaged them along the way. It was a bloody march back to Boston for the British.

Second Continental Congress

On May 10, 1775, representatives from all 13 colonies arrived in Philadelphia for the Second Continental Congress. They moved step-by-step toward independence, writing and signing the Declaration of Independence in 1776. They managed the military effort in the Revolutionary War and wrote the Articles of Confederation.

Declaration of Independence

On July 2, Richard Henry Lee, a representative from Virginia, urged the Continental Convention to declare themselves free from Great Britain. On July 4, 1776, the colonists signed the Declaration of Independence, doing just what Richard Henry Lee urged. This was a firm declaration that the colonies were now a free country.

Our own Declaration of Independence

Galatians 5:1

It is for freedom we have been set free. This fourth of July, it’s time to sign your own Declaration of Independence.


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