The Pursuit of Happiness

The Declaration of Independence states that our inalienable rights include “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Life and liberty are easy to understand, but that last phrase is less intuitive. How can people have a right to strive for happiness?
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Uniting to Fight Poverty: A TED Talk

How do we solve problems like poverty with so much political polarization?

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Welcome to the Pursuit

To pursue our happiness, to achieve our liberty, and indeed to find fulfillment in our lives, we must start with a moral consensus, a fundamental truth around which we all revolve. Think of an atom. The outer field of electrons is full of chaotic activity. Electrons are rapidly orbiting and moving in a constant buzz. What contains that chaos and gives it structure? The fact that the whole chaotic cloud orbits one central nucleus.

 

Online Educational Games Change Principles of Learning

Online Educational Games Change Principles of Learning

If you’re lamenting that kids are not getting a practical education any more, take heed, technology is leading young people in entirely new directions, with online games that teach kids everything from how to save money in virtual piggy banks to how to run multinational airline scheduling and pricing operations.

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Why the EpiPEN Outrage is Congress’ Own Doing

Why the EpiPEN Outrage is Congress’ Own Doing

The EpiPEN outrage has really taken the public consciousness by storm, with the massive increase — more than 600 percent — in the price of the epinephrine auto-injector. But the question of how its manufacturer, Mylan drug company, came to be public enemy #1 in the...

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Why Drugs Cost So Much, And How to Bring Down the Price

Why Drugs Cost So Much, And How to Bring Down the Price

The same goes for the generic drug market. Everyone wants to know that the drugs they put into their bodies are safe and clean and doing the job they’re supposed to do. But generic-drug makers are being held to regulatory standards despite doubts about a proven need for the extra layers of rules. And these extra rules are making it too costly to create lower-priced alternatives to more expensive, brand name drugs.

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Are Poor People More Optimistic Than Others About Their Futures?

Are Poor People More Optimistic Than Others About Their Futures?

Poor people are more likely than non-poor people to think that they will be able to pull themselves out of poverty. Forty-eight percent of the poor say most poor people will remain poor for a long time while 41 percent say poverty is a temporary condition. That compares to 60 percent of people who said that the poor will remain poor for some time.

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Freedom in America: A Comparison of Liberty in the 50 States

Freedom in America: A Comparison of Liberty in the 50 States

Because America is built on competition, and nothing spurs competition more than interstate rivalries, especially state-by-state comparisons of individual freedom, the CATO Institute has just released its new report Freedom in the 50 States, and it’s chock full of data to rev up that state pride.

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How to Achieve the American Dream: Start By Being Frugal

How to Achieve the American Dream: Start By Being Frugal

Are you an extreme coupon clipper? How’s that working out? Maybe pretty good, you’re saving money. Or maybe you’re spending to save. Or maybe it takes way too much time and you abandoned this strategy for living with fewer expenses.

Well, forget about it. If you want to know how to achieve the American dream, follow the lessons of the Fatzinger family. Learn from the “Einstein of economical.”

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Rights Vs. Duties: Getting Out the Vote for Better or Worse

Rights Vs. Duties: Getting Out the Vote for Better or Worse

Workhorse Mike Rowe is at it again, milking another sacred cow to expose its infertility. The latest installment in his ever-fresh responses to viewer mail is about rights vs. duties and whether get out the vote (GOTV) efforts are worthwhile or even potentially damaging, especially when targeted at people who are unaware or incapable of articulating their own political and economic perspectives.

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Social Security Calculator Lets You Decide Reform Policy

Social Security Calculator Lets You Decide Reform Policy

At first, the news report that said that the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget had created a Social Security calculator to determine how old readers will be when the Social Security Fund becomes insolvent seemed like a joke.
It appeared quite the sad interactive tool to ask people to use a calculator to see how old they will be when Social Security runs out when only two variables are at play. Well, turns out there’s more to the CRFB’s “Social Security Reformer” than just calculating your age in the year the retirement system goes bankrupt.

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Making America Great Again: The Olympics Team and National Pride

Making America Great Again: The Olympics Team and National Pride

On the world stage, the most striking aspect about the U.S. Olympic team is that its athletes represent just one nation. Its binding similarity is its diversity. The team is composed of widely varying ethnicities, races, economic backgrounds, and even ages. The team boasts Americans born in other countries as well as Americans born in the U.S. And regardless of their life circumstances, their individual stories — not just their collective athletic performance — make them champions back home.

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Online Educational Games Change Principles of Learning

If you're lamenting that kids are not getting a practical education any more, take heed, technology is leading young people in entirely new directions, with online games that teach kids everything from how to save money in virtual piggy banks to how to run multinational airline scheduling and … Read More

Music As Memory: The 19th Amendment, Schoolhouse Rock Song for Suffrage

Music has long been used as a learning tool, whether as hymnals or nursery rhymes, but one of the most entertaining and engaging methods of employing music for memory is through the work of Schoolhouse Rock, which taught an entire generation about American history. And what better way to … Read More

Why the EpiPEN Outrage is Congress’ Own Doing

The EpiPEN outrage has really taken the public consciousness by storm, with the massive increase — more than 600 percent — in the price of the epinephrine auto-injector. But the question of how its manufacturer, Mylan drug company, came to be public enemy #1 in the space of days is … Read More

Why Drugs Cost So Much, And How to Bring Down the Price

Is the process of trying to ensure overall safety worth the increased cost of manufacturing if the net result is an unknown improvement in safety? It's a question facing factories that are being threatened with new emissions control regulations for the sake of global warming. The extra … Read More

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