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The Surprising Drinking Habits Of Our Founding Fathers

The Daily Meal | Posted 09.03.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

Aiding the framers through the birth of modern democracy was an astronomical amount of booze.

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.

Declaring Our Independence Through Education

Michael Roth | Posted 09.02.2014 | College
Michael Roth

On this July 4 we should dedicate ourselves to recovering the American promise that education should increase our independence. Since the founding of this country, education has been closely tied to self-reliance, to declaring one's independence through one's ability to think for oneself and creatively contribute to society. In a quickly shifting economic landscape, it is understandable that some parents and pundits are calling for streamlined learning to train people quickly. But gearing education only to meeting current economic conditions is a ticket to conformity -- and also to economic and cultural mediocrity.

The 'Miracle' of July 4, 1826

Stafford Betty | Posted 09.01.2014 | Weird News
Stafford Betty

One of the most astonishing coincidences in world history was the deaths of John Adams, America's second president, and Thomas Jefferson, its third. They both died on July 4, 1826, exactly 50 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Young People Helped Found This Country, It's Time for Us to Step Up and Lead Again

Stevaughn Bush | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Stevaughn Bush

Two centuries ago, a group of patriots came together and founded our great nation. Looking back, we see the powdered wigs and think of these Founding Fathers as experienced, middle-aged statesman. But in fact, young people were instrumental in leading the charge.

Hobby Lobby Website Proudly Displays 'Jefferson' Quote (That Actually Came from Madison, and Completely Contradicts SCOTUS Ruling)

Chris Rodda | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Chris Rodda

No, Hobby Lobby, that quote on your website is NOT from Thomas Jefferson! And, furthermore, the document it comes from -- which was written by James Madison -- is a list of some of the best arguments AGAINST that Supreme Court ruling that you and your fellow Christian supremacists are currently gloating about.

Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush Totaled 672 Executive Orders. Obama has 182. Boehner's Lawsuit Is Frivolous

H. A. Goodman | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

While many conservatives have labeled Obama's unilateral decisions as imperial, or the actions of a "monarch," the truth is that U.S. history is filled with Republican presidents who have been far more willing to take matters into their own hands.

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution

Scott D. Gerber | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Scott D. Gerber

The Fourth of July marks the 238th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Monday was the final day of the U.S. Supreme Court's most recent term. The two have more in common than the justices on America's highest court seem to understand.

Why Lost Words Matter

Pia de Jong | Posted 08.18.2014 | Impact
Pia de Jong

Navajo is now an endangered language, but the fate of other Indian languages ​​is even more imperiled. It is a race against the clock. Otherwise the linguistic DNA of an entire people will be lost forever.

Iraq: The Cost of Building a Failed State

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 08.17.2014 | World
Steve H. Hanke

President Obama announced to Congress yesterday that he is deploying 275 military personnel to Iraq to secure the American embassy in Baghdad. Here we go, again.

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.

What War Are We Fighting Here?

K. Ford K. | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
K. Ford K.

I certainly understand the principle of defending liberty, but the practice of it has steadily evolved beyond all reason. With so many innocent Americans dead, what war are we fighting here? Why are Americans killing Americans?

The Constitution Is Outdated; Let's Change It

Galanty Miller | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Galanty Miller

Understand that "founding fathers" is just a romanticized term. Thomas Jefferson was not your actual father. He didn't take you to baseball games. Things change. Is it so unreasonable to think that?

The New SDS: What Every Young Person Needs to Know About Its Past

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Steve Mariotti

In 1965, Carl Oglesby assumed leadership of the student-activist organization SDS. This change reflected what I believe was an ideological shift in America's left wing: from the East Coast intellectual tradition to the New Left emerging from the Midwest.

The Declaration of Ignorance?

Robert Walker | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Robert Walker

The history of scientists, climate scientists in particular, is a history of repeated usurpations of popular opinion, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over our uninformed views. To prove this, let the facts, as we choose to construe them, be submitted to the world.

Transhumanists and Libertarians Have Much in Common

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.05.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Libertarianism and transhumanism have too many deep philosophical principles in common to not grow and evolve together. The all-important role of personal freedom makes the two ideologies a natural fit for one another.

Supreme Court Decision Undermines Education and Opportunity

Michael Roth | Posted 06.24.2014 | College
Michael Roth

University admissions programs are not the place to promote partisan visions of social justice, but they are the place to produce the most dynamic and profound learning environments.

Two Years Ago Today, the 'Least Credible History Book in Print' Was Published

Chris Rodda | Posted 06.10.2014 | Media
Chris Rodda

The Jefferson Lies was Barton's first "history" book to be published by a major publisher -- Thomas Nelson, one of the largest American trade publishers and the world's largest Christian publisher.

Confessions of a $20 Bill

John Blumenthal | Posted 06.09.2014 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

Thank you so much for giving me First Amendment rights, Antonin, you greedy, arrogant douchebag. Who said I wanted to speak? Nobody consulted me. All ...

5 Historic Icons Who Had A Reputation For Being Racist

The Huffington Post | Danielle Cadet | Posted 03.27.2014 | Black Voices

There are certain historic figures who we've idolized, placing them on the highest of pedestals in our minds and in our hearts. Their memories evoke a...

Crowd Control

Lewis Lapham | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics
Lewis Lapham

For the last several years, the word "revolution" has been hanging around backstage on the national television talk-show circuit waiting for somebody, anybody -- visionary poet, unemployed automobile worker, late-night comedian -- to cue its appearance on camera.

Diddling with Arrow Buttons: I Want That Job

Kimann Schultz | Posted 05.14.2014 | Technology
Kimann Schultz

Who sits around on their high-tech perches redesigning what does not need redesigning? Eons ago, which in this era means a few "updates" ago, things worked smoothly and logic ruled -- more or less -- on my iPhone.

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 2)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

This is a continuation of my conversation with Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, who I met just months after he arrived in the United States for the first time f...

Is Non-Prime the New Sub-Prime?

D. Sidney Potter | Posted 05.04.2014 | Business
D. Sidney Potter

With the recent Academy Award winner for best movie of the year going to 12 Years a Slave, it was only topical to quote a former slave owner himself, ...

The Tea Party, Our Founding Fathers, and the Fight Over Government

Mike Lux | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

Getting our historical narrative right matters a lot, as we are still arguing about all the same things our nation's founders fought over. We need to be for a government that picks the right side to be on when it comes to our fights over the economy.