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.

 

‘Psychic Numbing’: How to Avoid Desensitization to Bad News

‘Psychic Numbing’: How to Avoid Desensitization to Bad News

Here’s a little challenge for the beginning of this new year. Look back on the events or trends that disturbed you most in 2016. Then, instead of thinking about global, symbolic protest movements you can join or systematic changes you can demand from on high, contemplate a practical way to familiarize yourself with one human being who has been affected. Then, find a way to concretely help that individual.

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Vive La Revolution: 401(k) Plans Are A Help for Retirees

Vive La Revolution: 401(k) Plans Are A Help for Retirees

Given that more people are now invested in their own retirement plans than ever before — 61 percent today compared to 45 percent when pension participation peaked in the 1970s — and that 401(k) plans are turning around benefits at high rates — since 1984, inflation-adjusted benefits per retiree have nearly tripled — the question to ask is why would people consider the program a failure?

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Education Department Employee Mantras to Save The Children

Education Department Employee Mantras to Save The Children

But with each new administration, the federal bureaucracy revs up to go full tilt. With the naming of Betsy DeVos as nominee to be education secretary, the department has a good chance of refocusing on new priorities, including competition in education. But just in case, bureaucrats get too comfy, scholar Rick Hess has a few reminders for them to repeat daily.

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Farewell, Thomas Sowell, Thanks for the Memories

Farewell, Thomas Sowell, Thanks for the Memories

Thomas Sowell is retiring his column from Creators Syndicate. If you’re unfamiliar with the man, you’ve been missing out, probably while hiding under a rock. Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, holding Rose and Milton...

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The American Dream Still Lives Despite Growth Rate of Millennial Incomes

The American Dream Still Lives Despite Growth Rate of Millennial Incomes

Researchers from Stanford, Harvard, and the University of California recently proclaimed that the American Dream is “fading” because millennial incomes are not as high as their parents’ incomes were when they were their children’s age. The American Dream may have taken a beating recently, blogger and Jeopardy champ James Pethokoukis concedes, but mobility is not the deciding indicator of whether the dream is alive.

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Tom Price, an HHS Secretary Focused on Helping People Work?

Tom Price, an HHS Secretary Focused on Helping People Work?

Donald Trump named Rep. Tom Price, the congressman from Georgia who is currently chairman of the House Budget Committee, to lead the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department, which is fitting since Price is a doctor, a rarity in the position, but important because Price is also a strong proponent of eliminating waste and reducing the misuse of taxpayer money. The cherry on top of the selection is what Price’s nomination, and a few others, means for anti-poverty programs, or more specifically, government’s role in helping people who actually are in poverty.

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Irregular Work Schedules While Raising Kids: Can Congress Pass a Law to Help?

Does Congress need to schedule your time off? A proposed law aims to address the downsides of irregular work schedules, and is receiving support from a surprising group of voters. A recent focus group organized by the Institute for Family Studies was asked to look at ways for government to … Read More

‘Psychic Numbing’: How to Avoid Desensitization to Bad News

No matter your political inclinations, we can all agree on one simple fact: 2016 was a crazy year. Anger and resentment became political focus points across the Western world. Foreign policy crises, especially the Syrian civil war, burned hot throughout the year with little resolution in sight. … Read More

Do You Know Anyone Who Drives A Pickup Truck and Other Offensive Questions

In the past days, Twitter has been on fire over a tweet by a Florida-based web developer and blogger who asked, "The top 3 best selling vehicles in America are pick-ups. Question to reporters: do you personally know someone that owns one?" The inferno that erupted was notable for its … Read More

Vive La Revolution: 401(k) Plans Are A Help for Retirees

When you wonder whether the 401(k) revolution was a mistake, you have to first ask yourself, what was the 401(k) revolution? That was the move beginning in the late 1970s from defined benefit plans to an employer-sponsored retirement savings that allows workers to save and invest pre-tax … Read More

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