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.

 

Data Capture: Why Big Brother Isn’t Always Scary

Data Capture: Why Big Brother Isn’t Always Scary

About 0.20 percent of the federal budget is used collecting statistics by government agencies. We’re not talking about surveillance or data mining, but the actual work of determining numbers on labor participation rates and other information valuable to business, policymakers, and families.

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Are Happiness and Economic Growth Linked?

Are Happiness and Economic Growth Linked?

What makes you happy? Family, friends, a strong community? How about “economic growth”? It’s not typically a buzzword to trigger your feelings, but a recent report suggests a nation’s economic growth is a variable in one’s personal happiness.

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

Over the past year, three notable policy experts from across the political spectrum have documented the crisis of prime-working-age men dropping out of the labor force. And they have come up with some interesting ideas for getting men back to work. In his 2016 book “Men Without Work," … Read More

What Cities Can Do to Make America Move Again

Americans instinctively know that sometimes, in order to move up, you have to move out. And moving from one place to another has long been a key element of upward mobility in the nation. Yeah, not so much anymore. America has become a nation of homebodies. And it's not doing the economy, or … Read More

How Innovation Can Defeat Homelessness

"I see no advantage in these new clocks. They run no faster than the ones made 100 years ago.” ― Henry Ford Henry Ford is credited with making cars better than those who came before him, but he also found a way to make them cheaper. So perhaps you can appreciate how maddening it must have … Read More

Numbers Don’t Lie: How Paid Parental Leave Helps the Economy

"Pawternity leave" is on the rise around the world. At the very least, several companies in the UK and India now provide "paid parental leave" for pets! That's paid time off to employees when a new pet becomes part of the family. "Pets are like babies nowadays," according to the owner of a … Read More

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