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The Weekly Shooting Cycle

Eric Kasum | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics
Eric Kasum

Refuse to speak the words gun violence. Call it domestic terrorism. That's what it really is. Like my father, we must have the courage to take a stand. Let's refuse to be bullied by the NRA and the gun industry and their wealthy donors and highly-paid lobbyists.

The Bull Moose Is Back: America's Rising Revolution Against The Super Rich, Ruling Elites

Dr. John C. Welch IV, M.T.S., M.B.A. | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Dr. John C. Welch IV, M.T.S., M.B.A.

The middle class no longer has a voice. We now have zero influence on our own government.8 For the middle and working classes, we're back to where this nation started: Taxation without representation.

Do We Have an Amoral Constitution? A Second Reply to Kurt Lash

Evan Bernick | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Lash's Constitution is amoral -- it would allow myriad individual rights that are central to human flourishing to be voted up or down. He is free, of course, to argue for that view -- but it is one that the Founders rejected, the Framers of the Reconstruction Amendments rejected.

Yes, The Fourteenth Amendment Protects Unenumerated Rights: A Response to Kurt Lash

Evan Bernick | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

It is arguably the most important question concerning judicial review today. Should judges require the government to offer an honest, reasoned explanation every time it restricts individual liberty, or just some of the time?

Embrace a Life of Freedom

Jamelle Sanders | Posted 07.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Jamelle Sanders

Most of us in the United States have just celebrated Independence Day. While this is a great time for food, family and fun, many people in the world t...

What If We'd Lost the American Revolution? Have We Lost It? If So, Can We Win It Again?

Christopher Phillips | Posted 07.12.2015 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

We won the American Revolution, but we've lost it since then, in the sense that we're no longer building on the laurels of our original patriots but allowing their grand experiment in creating an unrivaled sort of open society to unravel on our watch.

Mini-Republics and True Democracy: A Plan to Make Ours a Government of, by and for the People

Christopher Phillips | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

What to do? How can we create a system of "representativeness" in which members of Congress not only are in touch with the pulse of their constituents but genuinely act on their behalf? There are movements afoot to commence an Amendment convention to address campaign finance reform.

The Impact Adversity in Your Childhood Home Has on Your Pursuit of Life, Liberty and Happiness

Brian F. Martin | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian F. Martin

Our founding fathers believed everyone was "endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights; among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of h...

What You Should Really Be Celebrating This 4th Of July

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 07.04.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is presumably what you're celebrating on Independence Day this Saturday -- and hot dogs, beer and fireworks...

Can You Deduct a Midnight Ride?

Mark Steber | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business
Mark Steber

As we approach our nation's birthday, barbeque, swimming, and fireworks tend to dominate our thoughts. Hopefully we can make time for another thought, even if it's brief and in between hot dogs, about the men and women who helped make our country and how they weren't very different from us.

It's Time to Revive the Spirit of 1776 -- The Declaration Project

Christopher Phillips | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

Something unexpected has happened along the way -- more and more participants have expressed the sentiment that what we really need is a new declaration of independence.

Justice Scalia Versus 'Liberty'

Evan Bernick | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Scalia has identified himself as a "faint-hearted originalist." Nowhere is his faint-heartedness more evident than in his refusal to seriously consider whether and to what extent the Constitution protects unenumerated rights.

Liberty Is a Two-Way Street: Reconciling Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty

Evan Bernick | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

The language of the Court's substantive due process opinions is often imprecise. And there is room for reasoned disagreement about particular decisions. But the essential premise upon which they depend is sound, and defenders of limited government should embrace it.

Power Is a Zero Sum Game: When Government Is Weak, Elites Will Dominate

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

There's something lurking behind the seemingly straightforward ideology of "small government," something obvious to anyone willing to look: Greed. Simple, unadulterated greed.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Caslee Sims | Posted 05.15.2015 | College
Caslee Sims

I never envisioned growing up in a society like this. I'm a 20 year old black male that hates to have to consciously go about my life. I have to consciously make decisions when I'm outside of my home, in society more than I should have.

No More Angry Mothers; Embracing Accessible Abortion and Affordable Contraception

Kristine Holmgren | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Kristine Holmgren

Somewhere along the line, American women learned to call feminists "feminazis." We heard "abortion is murder" and didn't bother to correct the lie. We watched young vulnerable girls turn away from the morning after pill, shun the opportunity to abort their unwanted children.

Take Heart That Your Parents Made Mistakes

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 05.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jane Simon, M.D.

Each of us forms images of the world based on our experiences derived from engaging with our families. Gradually we learn that our expectations don'...

Corporations Are Becoming People Too!

Byron Williams | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Byron Williams

The First Amendment undergirds the nation's utopian quest for "A more perfect Union." A beacon of light since 1787, it is the supreme testament to the nation's commitment to individual liberty, but that has changed over the past several years.

All that Really Matters in Any Religion

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

"In essentials unity...in non-essentials liberty...in all things charity." I have heard this phrase for the greater part of my religious life. In fact, I am pretty sure I have used the phrase myself. It is a much more helpful position to adopt in this world of multi-religious beliefs.

Vaccinations - Balancing Community and Individual Liberties and Rights

William Pierce | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
William Pierce

When it comes to vaccinations that have immense benefits to our public health, we should move forward with policies that preserve the community's rights to a healthy environment free of eliminable health hazards.

Giving Every American Kid a Real Opportunity and Rising Above Achievement Gaps, Cheating, Bullying and School Shootings

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 03.25.2015 | Education
Joseph W. Gauld

For a nation that is increasingly becoming a majority of minorities, this system will not unite it or allow it to become one nation experiencing the power of its founding principles.

All Mainstream Media Must Publish the Charlie Hebdo Cartoons

Robin Koerner | Posted 03.11.2015 | Media
Robin Koerner

To all those media outlets who have convinced themselves that they don't need to publish the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of Mohammed in reporting the recent events in Paris: you are profoundly wrong.

Nous Sommes Charlie: Offence Is Never Given - Only Taken.

Robin Koerner | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Robin Koerner

Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are like all other rights: to keep them you have to exercise them -- and sometimes that takes courage and involves risk. We should be profoundly grateful to those who help keep that right for us by exercising it.

Je Suis Charlie

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 03.09.2015 | Arts
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

Today the world that cherishes free speech and secularism is reeling from the devastating violent loss of life and the real dangers posed to speech. However scary it may be, I want to declare: Write. Draw. Say the outrageous.

Alaska's Enlightened Approach to Drugs and Privacy

David Morris | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
David Morris

Rarely do politicians or political parties offer a coherent framework for deciding when a higher level of government should preempt a lower level of government, or when individual liberty trumps state regulation. Which makes Alaska so refreshing and instructive.