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.

 

Confessions of a Catholic Convert to Capitalism

Confessions of a Catholic Convert to Capitalism

Care for the vulnerable is not unique to one religion. All major philosophies share this goal, religious or otherwise. But how does religious belief intersect with capitalism? Many goodhearted people mistrust markets. They believe that free enterprise worsens...

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Vast Array of Government Assistance Programs Ready for a Reboot

Vast Array of Government Assistance Programs Ready for a Reboot

Reducing poverty is one of the biggest issues that TPOH discusses, with good reason. The expression that a rising tide lifts all boats is especially true in a liberal democratic society that values a free market. However, a vast array of government assistance programs doesn’t seem to be curing the poverty blues.

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An Engineer-Turned-Baker on What Is the True Quality of Life

An Engineer-Turned-Baker on What Is the True Quality of Life

Income differences are often the result of career choices and training. For instance, few would expect an engineer and a baker to make the same amount of money. But what if you’re an MIT-trained biomedical engineer who decides to open a bakery? Well, clearly, the true quality of life decisions aren’t based on finances, but on fufillment.

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How Journeyman Electricians Were “Gifted” a Second Chance to Succeed

How Journeyman Electricians Were “Gifted” a Second Chance to Succeed

Second chances are easier said than given. But that doesn’t mean there are no second chances. In fact, one electrical engineering firm decided that it was going to invest in second chances, and since then, business has snowballed.

For the Weifield Group in Denver, Colo., it was an evolution, and then, ultimately a conscious decision by the company’s owners to create an environment where people were involved in something bigger than themselves.

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Secular and Sacred: How Faith Inspired Business in the Great Outdoors

Secular and Sacred: How Faith Inspired Business in the Great Outdoors

Faith gets dismissed a lot in this day and age, but for those who believe in God, whatever their religion, a true love of the Almighty is an inspiring mechanism from which to launch a business.

Indeed, a faith-inspired business is what Greg McEvilly set out to do after he started his path toward the ministry and then realized he had a knack for entrepreneurialism.

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What's New on The Pursuit of Happiness?

How the ‘Fight for $15’ Movement Can Undermine Those It Aims to Help

What's a better solution — higher wages at the cost of jobs, or more jobs with lower wages? If you're interested in seeing more people working, the latter is the better option. But it's not just about the number of jobs. That's why several economists question the logic of the "Fight for $15" … Read More

Michael Novak’s Legacy: Welfare to Work Is Social Justice

"America’s system of democratic capitalism represents a fusion of our political, economic, and moral-cultural systems. No facet can exist apart from the others." This was the central thesis in the book "The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism," written by Michael Novak and published in 1982. … Read More

Confessions of a Catholic Convert to Capitalism

Care for the vulnerable is not unique to one religion. All major philosophies share this goal, religious or otherwise. But how does religious belief intersect with capitalism? Many goodhearted people mistrust markets. They believe that free enterprise worsens inequality and encourages greed … Read More

Vast Array of Government Assistance Programs Ready for a Reboot

Reducing poverty is one of the biggest issues that TPOH discusses, with good reason. The expression that "a rising tide lifts all boats" is especially true in a liberal democratic society that values a free market. However, despite a vast array of government assistance programs, it doesn't seem … Read More

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