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.

 

A Safety Net That Works: Enforcing Child Support Payments

A Safety Net That Works: Enforcing Child Support Payments

Child Support Enforcement is an issue that crosses partisan lines. Separation and divorce are an unfortunate circumstance of modern life, and child support delinquencies are not confined to one particular income level or political belief. At the same time, CSE was a major factor in reducing poverty among children after the 1996 welfare reform law was signed.

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Innovation Not Transformation: A Return to Weapons Technology

Innovation Not Transformation: A Return to Weapons Technology

While America’s military leaders have been busy with trying to build a strategy of “transformation,” scientists and engineers have been quietly working on some pretty cool weapons technology that sounds like it comes straight out of sci-fi. And though development has been slow to yield applicable products, defense and security policy analyst Tom Donnelly is clearly optimistic about some recent breakthroughs.

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The Dignity Deficit: Reclaiming Americans’ Sense of Purpose

The Dignity Deficit: Reclaiming Americans’ Sense of Purpose

The War on Poverty did not fail because it did not raise the daily caloric consumption of poor Americans. It failed because it did nothing significant to make poor Americans needed and thus help them gain a sense of dignity. It also got the U.S. government into the business of treating people left behind by economic change as liabilities to manage rather than as human assets to develop.

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March 4 Is National Grammar Day: Don’t Mess Them Up

March 4 Is National Grammar Day: Don’t Mess Them Up

In English literary custom, the rules of the English road leave many scratching their heads. That’s probably why there’s a National Grammar Day.

English is considered a very difficult language for some who learn it as a second language (or even a first), and it’s no surprise. Here are just some of the confusing English lessons.

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Shock Story: Exploiting the Homeless Addicted for Profit

Shock Story: Exploiting the Homeless Addicted for Profit

There are solutions to the mistreatment of homeless addicted people by eviction companies aside from taking these companies to court. They include relaxing regulations on how many workers must be used to clear out a house, which leads eviction companies to look for cheap, unqualified work crews.

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Paid Family Leave: Economical Conclusions From Three U.S. States

President Trump, with the encouragement of his daughter Ivanka, has been promoting paid family leave as a means to help families with income and work after the birth of a child or to care for a loved one who falls ill. Democrats have long supported such plans, and Republicans are coming on … Read More

A Safety Net That Works: Enforcing Child Support Payments

What parent doesn't want to help his or her child? Most people would wonder why the question even needs to be asked. But while child neglect and child poverty are issues that the social safety net and public assistance rightfully focus on addressing, legislative efforts to require delinquent or … Read More

Innovation Not Transformation: A Return to Weapons Technology

Defense Department officials spent the last couple administrations preoccupied with building a strategy to deal with cockroaches hellbent on asymmetrical warfare. But while they were busy with "transformation," not "innovation," Defense Department scientists and engineers have been quietly … Read More

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