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.

 

What Cities Can Do to Make America Move Again

What Cities Can Do to Make America Move Again

America has become a nation of homebodies. And it’s not doing the economy, or America’s urban centers, a lot of good.

The ‘Go West, young man!’ ethic knitted into America’s DNA has apparently been lost on the young people. In fact, the few people who are moving around the country are retirees, not the scrappy young upstarts looking for a great new opportunity.

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How Innovation Can Defeat Homelessness

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...

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

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

Several companies in the UK and India now provide “pawternity leave.” That’s paid time off for employees when a new pet becomes part of the family. The new approach to family care begs the question: If puppy parents are reaping the benefits of paid parental leave, can’t the United States provide comparable benefits to ensure human babies receive the same support?

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‘Choice Feminism’: Equal Opportunity and Gender Specialization

‘Choice Feminism’: Equal Opportunity and Gender Specialization

In fact, if we stopped to look at how millennial women — and men — now increasingly prefer traditional, female stay-at-home roles and male bread-winning roles, we might consider the principles of a certain kind of feminism that explains this recent shift.

It’s called “choice feminism,” and it is a term that has been adopted to describe the belief that women are free to choose the lifestyle they want, whether at home or in the workplace, without judgment.

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The Dignity of Work — A UK Model for the US

The Dignity of Work — A UK Model for the US

Leave it to Bruce Springsteen to celebrate the value and dignity of work in one of his most patriotic songs, “American Land.” It’s not surprising that he is appreciated as one of America’s greatest musicians by people from all walks of life, from poor to rich and old to young.

But what happens to the foundation of his song lyrics, and the American Dream, when the “hard-working man” begins to disappear from the picture?

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Teaching Doctors About Running A Business

Teaching Doctors About Running A Business

The fields of science and medicine employ some of the most highly educated and hands-on professionals in the world. So you might scratch your head when hearing one expert call for training medical researchers on how to do their job more effectively. But the training isn’t more of the technical sciences; it’s an appreciation and understanding of business and entrepreneurship.

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Scholarships to Encourage Kids to Attend School in Low-Income Neighborhoods?

Scholarships to Encourage Kids to Attend School in Low-Income Neighborhoods?

Here’s a thought. Instead of busing underprivileged kids to wealthy suburbs, how about sending kids from wealthy households to private schools in low-income neighborhoods?

Some might say, “No way, I’m not sending my kid into a dangerous neighborhood just to attend a private school.” But what if a scholarship program could gentrify neighborhoods by encouraging parents to move to or stay in lower-income areas and send their kids to nearby private schools?

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James Madison: ‘Father of the Constitution’ Thought You Should Know This

James Madison: ‘Father of the Constitution’ Thought You Should Know This

James Madison, the fourth president of the United States, is known as the “Father of the Constitution.” He was a statesman, a historian, a Pisces. He wrote the Bill of Rights.

But for some reason he doesn’t get the popular attention other founders receive, and Rebecca Burgess contends it may be because people today talk more and know less.

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Helping Communities With Large Populations of Ex-Prisoners

Helping Communities With Large Populations of Ex-Prisoners

Though the U.S. recidivism rate is as high as 50-75 percent within five years, suggesting many of the same people end up in prison more than once, about 650,000 men and women are released from prison every year. They are returned to the communities from where they came with slightly less than what they had when they first went in, except now, they’re stigmatized, have less chance of getting a job, and few skills to keep up with changing educational requirements and work environments.

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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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