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British Lawyers: The Declaration Of Independence Is Illegal

Posted 12.20.2011 | World

Was America founded on illegal grounds? That's the argument advanced by a group of British lawyers who say the United States had no right to secede...

You Have No Rights

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

We talk about rights to privacy regularly but few people can point to what exactly those rights are. More importantly, what guarantees those rights? What guarantees us that our rights will not be infringed upon? The answer is... nothing!

10 Bizarre Facts You Didn't Know About The Signers Of The U.S. Constitution

Denise Kiernan | Posted 11.08.2011 | Books
Denise Kiernan

We've been obsessed with signers of all stripes for number of years now. The men of 1787 may have yearned to form a more perfect union, but they were far from perfect themselves.

Beyond 9/11: The Global Declaration of Interdependence

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 11.07.2011 | World
Mark Goulston, M.D.

We can't get much done by ourselves and so we need to find a way to work together. United we may not succeed, given what humankind had done to the planet, but divided we will most certainly fail.

Time for the Afghans to Declare Independence

Michael Hughes | Posted 10.02.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

Afghans must smash and rewrite the dangerous narrative that has so enslaved them over the years by looking to their past and reinstituting sacred tribal institutions to establish a sovereignty based on the true will of the Afghan people.

The Importance Of Social Trust

Brad Reid | Posted 09.06.2011 | Religion
Brad Reid

Modern mobility and increasing individualism inevitably make us strangers. Nevertheless, social trust is essential to a cohesive society.

The Obligations of Independence

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 09.04.2011 | World
Cynthia Boaz

Reposted with acknowledgement to WagingNonviolence.org. "Please use your liberty to promote ours." -- Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Burma's National L...

True Celebration, July 4, 2011

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Granoff

Equality of the soul has become the gold standard of social justice since the Declaration of Independence. It is not based on what is seen with the eyes, but what is understood by wisdom. That is is why it is actually wisdom that was being celebrated yesterday.

Once Again, a Time for Reflection

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 09.03.2011 | Politics
Dr. Peggy Drexler

The Declaration of Independence was a statement that we intend to run this place the way we want. The Constitution was the blueprint for how we're going to do it.

Independence Day, The Declaration Of Independence And Understanding American History

Mitchell Bard | Posted 09.02.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Whether it is Sarah Palin's butchering of Paul Revere's role in the American Revolution, or Michele Bachmann's mangling of the facts to claim the Founding Fathers tried to abolish slavery, the Tea Party has shown a disdain for knowledge, facts and learning.

A Day to "Make News"

Adam Winkler | Posted 09.02.2011 | Politics
Adam Winkler

The founders did not recognize the importance of gay marriage but that shouldn't prevent us from insisting upon marriage equality. The story of the unalienable rights identified by the founders is one of continual expansion.

The Damaging Three Words of the Declaration of Independence

Alison Owings | Posted 09.01.2011 | Religion
Alison Owings

While Native Americans celebrate this 4th of July weekend, probably with hotdogs and fireworks, and possibly a powwow, I wonder whether we might all consider what that three word phrase wrought.

Freedom: What Do July 4th and Alice in Wonderland Have in Common?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.31.2011 | Books
C. M. Rubin

July 4, 1862 is also known to many as Alice in Wonderland Day, the day that commemorates Lewis Carroll's first telling of the famous children's story to his young inspiration, Alice Liddell.

A Declaration of Gay Independence

Tracy Baim | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics
Tracy Baim

We don't even need a new revolution to change the status quo on LGBT rights. Rather, what we need is a Declaration of Gay Independence to continue to push for equality and the will of most people to create a more fair and just society.

Why Do Women Run for Office? Because They Are All Feminists

Rebecca Sive | Posted 08.30.2011 | Women
Rebecca Sive

In this week when Michele Bachmann announced her presidential candidacy; Sarah Palin didn't deny presidential ambitions; and Christine LaGarde became ...

Top Ten Deleted Phrases From the Declaration of Independence (SLIDESHOW)

James Napoli | Posted 08.29.2011 | Comedy
James Napoli

Every great piece of history-making writing has to have gone through a first draft, right? Here are the ten most notable highlights from the rejected Declaration material.

The Truth That Changed the World

Lorna Bright | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics
Lorna Bright

We all have an innate desire for freedom on every level of life. When we come to really know and believe the self-evident truth that each one of us is intended to live freely in body, mind and spirit, everything changes.

Thomas Jefferson, The American Mind and the Cosmic System

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

On May 26, 1776, John Adams, who represented Massachusetts at the Second Continental Congress, wrote exultantly to his friend James Warren that "every...

China's Worldview Imperative: Don't Rock Our Boat

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 07.31.2011 | World
Tom Doctoroff

Everything that registers on China's international -- and, for that matter, domestic -- radar does so because it, directly or indirectly, impacts stability.

Dawn and Claire Have an Idea

Alan Singer | Posted 07.23.2011 | Education
Alan Singer

Dawn and Claire find that their eighth-grade students remember little about American government from the previous year. They decided there had to be a better way to promote civic knowledge.

Why Legalizing Gay Marriage Will Strengthen America

Kate Moulene | Posted 07.18.2011 | Politics
Kate Moulene

Same-sex marriage is not a gay rights issue. It is a civil rights issue whose outcome is critical to upholding the principles of the American Constitution and Declaration of Independence.

Sarah Palin's Narcissism Feeds Her Constitutional Incompetence

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Palin, who has repeatedly botched the meaning of the First Amendment, had the audacity to school eight of the nine Supreme Court justices, including the very conservative chief justice, on the First Amendment.

PHOTOS: 10 Historic Texas Attractions

Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

With the arrival of Texas Independence Day, we're taking a look at some serious Texas history. From Sam Houston defeating Santa Anna to Ozzy Ozbourne ...

The Danger of Democracy in the Middle East: Free Elections May Not Produce Freedom

Terry Newell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

That we have spent more on arming Middle Eastern nations than on helping their people learn the art of republican government may well come back to haunt us in the months ahead.

Our Forgotten "Presidents"

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

In between the Declaration of Independence and George Washington's inauguration, there were 16 (or perhaps 13, or maybe just eight) men who were called "president".