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.

 

Rebuilding America: An Investment in Social Capital

Rebuilding America: An Investment in Social Capital

No longer is this country based on loving they neighbor, but perhaps neighborliness is a lost art in need of a renaissance. That’s the gist of a new report just released by the Joint Economic Committee on Capitol Hill. “What We Do Together: The State of Associational Life in America.”

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Everybody Lies: Except in a Google Search

Everybody Lies: Except in a Google Search

Don’t bother answering questions by the next pollster who calls to do a survey. You’re probably going to lie to him. Pretty much everybody lies. And there’s no point in taking a survey if you’re going to lie. Besides, Google already got you on the truth meter.

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The Always Entertaining State GDP Map Is Back

The Always Entertaining State GDP Map Is Back

University of Michigan-Flint Economics Professor Mark Perry annually produces a very helpful visual tool: a state GDP map that compares how each U.S. state’s economy matches up to a corresponding country of equal output.

It’s a great way to see how enormous the United States’ GDP is compared to the rest of the world.

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FCC Website Crash Doesn’t Free the Internet

FCC Website Crash Doesn’t Free the Internet

Apparently, the guy with the HBO comedy show doesn’t think innovation is a good thing. So John Oliver, host of “Last Week Tonight” decided that it’d be a good idea to encourage his fans to a website that would take users to a page to file comments to the Federal Communication Commission about its plans to roll back Obama-era rules on so-called “net neutrality.”

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Beyond the Military: Veterans in Public Office

Beyond the Military: Veterans in Public Office

General George Washington set the standard for Americans’ comfort with veterans serving in public office, but that post-military public service is on the decline. Despite the barriers, military veterans offer a unique contribution to the Legislature from having served in the Armed Forces.

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What US News & World Report’s High School Rankings Missed

What US News & World Report’s High School Rankings Missed

The U.S. News & World Report does a decent job with the tools it has to measure the performance of more than 20,000 U.S. public high schools. The problem, however, is that it only uses one tool, over and over again, which doesn’t accurately measure how far schools go in educating students.

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Getting Men Back to Work: A Little Public Shaming Doesn’t Hurt

Getting Men Back to Work: A Little Public Shaming Doesn’t Hurt

Getting men back to work is not only critical for their own psyche, but also for their communities and the U.S. economy. In a long road map for reforms recently laid out by a group of policy experts, the authors cite a little public shaming, as well as a lively discussion of the dignity of hard work (as expertly expressed by Mike Rowe) as potential motivators to get men off the sidelines and back into the workforce.

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Rebuilding America: An Investment in Social Capital

With the advent of modern transportation, community certainly extends beyond the boundaries of one's home, so it shouldn't be a great surprise that the percentage of adults who say they spend a social evening with a neighbor at least several times a week fell to 19 percent in 2016 from 30 … Read More

Everybody Lies: Except in a Google Search

Don't bother answering questions by the next pollster who calls to do a survey. You're probably going to lie to him. Because "everybody lies." And there's no point in taking a survey if you're going to lie. Besides, Google's already got you on the truth meter. That's one of the main … Read More

The Always Entertaining State GDP Map Is Back

University of Michigan-Flint Economics Professor Mark Perry annually produces a very helpful visual tool: a state GDP map that compares how each U.S. state's economy matches up to a corresponding country of equal output. It's a great way to see how enormous the United States' GDP is compared … Read More

FCC Website Crash Doesn’t Free the Internet

Apparently, the guy with the HBO comedy show doesn't think innovation is a good thing. So John Oliver, host of  "Last Week Tonight" decided that it'd be a good idea to encourage his fans to a website that would take users to a page to file comments to the Federal Communication Commission about … Read More

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