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A Republic or a Democracy -- Let's Get This Straight

Diane Dimond | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
Diane Dimond

From Washington to the heartland, we are not behaving well. We've become a selfish and myopic melting pot on many levels, working against each other toward narrow goals and not the common good.

The Unquenchable and Endless Thirst for War -- Thomas Paine Warns the NeoCons Are Coming... Again!

Ian Ruskin | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Ian Ruskin

Enter Thomas Paine, the one truly radical Founding Father, who was fighting for that soul of America. He was also the man who inspired a long and bloody war through his words in Common Sense and American Crisis, words often quoted by Neocons.

Excerpts From Texas's New American History Textbook

John Blumenthal | Posted 11.26.2014 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

And so it came to pass that God persuaded the Founding Fathers that all fellas should be permitted to bear these weapons to protect theyselves from intruders and folks who wore hoodies. Thus was it written in the Constitution and it remains the holiest of all laws in this here land of ours. Amen.

Election '14

Paula Gordon | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Based on his polls, Mitt Romney was so confident that he would be America's president today that he neglected to have a concession speech written. Vot...

7 Habits of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs

Daniel Scalco | Posted 10.29.2014 | Small Business
Daniel Scalco

Success is not an overnight phenomenon. It requires a unique set of skills built over time. While there is no manual outlining what makes someone successful, the most successful entrepreneurs in the world seem to share these 7 habits.

The Myth Of The Self-Made Man

Slate | John Swansburg | Posted 10.01.2014 | World

In 1990, Susan Orlean published a book called Saturday Night, in which she set out to document how Americans spend their weekly reprieve from work. ...

Dear Medical Science: What's Taking You So Long?

John Blumenthal | Posted 11.06.2014 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

Guys, we don't want to go through all this suffering anymore. We're sick of getting sick. Stem cells were discovered in 1978. You promised us limitless possibilities, yet here we are, 36 years later, still twiddling our thumbs.

Happy Birthday America

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 09.03.2014 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

he process of debating and revising Jefferson's declaration continued on July 3 and into the late morning of July 4. In the evening of July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress "unanimously" approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence.

Ben Franklin: Ahead of His Time?

Thomas A. Foster | Posted 09.01.2014 | Books
Thomas A. Foster

Why we now view Franklin as modern instead of old-fashioned says a lot about how we view our national narrative of the history of sexuality. Historians of sexuality have long argued that the story of American sexuality isn't a simplistic arc that bends toward increased freedoms and progress for all.

In Search of Americana? Try Paris. For the Real Founding Fathers, it's not just Philadelphia and Boston

Thomas A. Foster | Posted 08.17.2014 | Travel
Thomas A. Foster

Travelers who enjoy American history but yearn for more exotic locales can follow the paths of the American Founders, many of whom spent significant time in Europe. Paris has much to offer visitors in search of American history.

Be Trendy and Hip and Use That Smartphone for Science

Chevy Humphrey | Posted 08.04.2014 | Science
Chevy Humphrey

Without the typical training and science education that is required of university and other professional scientists, everyday people can foster the behavior of asking questions about the world around them, seeking out the answers to those questions, and documenting their own observations and conclusions.

Benjamin Franklin Finally Gets the Play He Deserves

Ellen Snortland | Posted 06.01.2014 | Arts
Ellen Snortland

When it comes to solo theater, I consider myself somewhat of a connoisseur. Besides my own piece Now That She's Gone, which I've performed all over th...

Daylight Saving Time

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.08.2014 | Good News
William B. Bradshaw

Historians tell us the general idea for daylight saving time was first written about in 1784 by Benjamin Franklin while in France.

The New College Button: Question Assholes

Tom Hayes | Posted 05.04.2014 | Comedy
Tom Hayes

Social media has spawned a new breed of ugly citizen who makes outrageous noise because it gets attention -- and attention is the oxygen of the Internet.

18 Inspiring Quotes From The Age Of Reason

Posted 02.21.2014 | Religion

The Enlightenment stands out as one of the periods in human history that profoundly impacted and advanced our understanding of the world we live in. S...

Ben Franklin's Facebook Profile Is Way Better Than Yours

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology

In honor of Benjamin Franklin’s 308th birthday on Jan. 17, we give you his unauthorized Facebook profile. And it's a gift that keeps on giving. ...

When Will They Ever Learn? The American People and Support for War

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Of all America's wars over the past century, only World War II has retained mass public approval. In almost all cases, Americans turned against wars they once supported. How should one explain this pattern of disillusionment?

Top 5 Things to Do in Philly With Kids

Christina Valhouli | Posted 03.10.2014 | Travel
Christina Valhouli

Although enthusiastic renditions of "Yo, Adrian" would elicit blank stares ('Rocky who?') and they're too young to appreciate a gooey Philly cheese steak, Philadelphia is ideal for a weekend getaway and combines good old fashioned fun, child friendly attractions plus a big dose of history.

Our Vain Tom Turkey and How He Got That Way

Steve Zack | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Steve Zack

As we give thanks this season, I think it appropriate we better appreciate the meal on our plate as a remarkable species of often striking appearance in the wild.

Einstein Was a Mensch

David Sable | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
David Sable

Thumbs up and thumbs down have become the ubiquitous symbol of like and dislike; good and bad; continuation and end; virtual life and death in our digital world.

Football and the Ideal Republic

Aristotle Tziampiris | Posted 11.30.2013 | Sports
Aristotle Tziampiris

Studying the Constitution and the country's foundational documents can be very helpful. But so can be focusing on America's contemporary passion: football.

Musical 1776 Opens ACT Season With a History Lesson That Sparkles

Leo Stutzin | Posted 11.23.2013 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

A Tony Award winner in its Broadway debut in 1969, the show boasts music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone that transform a story that we might have considered familiar into something magical and new.

A Diet For a Hungry America

Joel John Roberts | Posted 11.08.2013 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

Sometimes when I skip lunch, by the time dinner rolls around I am starving. Correct that. I am not literally dying of hunger, I am just hungry. It is ...

Mysterious Fliers Threaten To Name People On Food Stamps

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics

An unknown person has been leafletting Portland, Ore., neighborhoods with fliers that threaten to publicly name local recipients of food stamps and di...

Founding Teenagers: How Old Were They on July 4, 1776?

Todd Andrlik | Posted 10.13.2013 | Politics
Todd Andrlik

It's a simple question -- perhaps so basic that it's been overlooked. How old were the key participants of the American Revolution?