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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The Constitution Is Outdated; Let's Change It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.

Bill Clinton's Rescue Ride

Brent Budowsky | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Springtime is coming, baseball teams have reassembled for training, Robert Redford is back on cable playing Roy Hobbs in The Natural and Bill Clinton has begun his ride to rescue Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections.

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...

Presidents Day?

Adam Dubowsky | Posted 04.19.2014 | Comedy
Adam Dubowsky

It's Presidents Day! The day we celebrate our founding fathers the way they would've wanted -- by giving 10 percent off all appliances $397 or more at...

The 10 Richest U.S. Presidents

24/7 Wall St. | Ashley C. Allen | Posted 02.18.2014 | Business

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential ticket, according to most political pundits. The pr...

Missing From Presidents Day: The People They Enslaved

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 04.15.2014 | Education
The Zinn Education Project

t may be uncomfortable to give up long-held and even meaningful beliefs that in many ways build both collective and personal identities. However, erasing enslaved African Americans from the White House and the presidency presents a false portrait of our country's history.

Obama, Hollande Tour Jefferson's Monticello Estate

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Celebrating the long-standing ties between their nations, President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande ...

Michael Bay's Meltdown and How fo Overcome Fear

Tom Alderman | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
Tom Alderman

There aren't too many of us who don't get some level of debilitating schpilkis when asked to talk in front of people. It can be truly unsettling. But the reality is, in business -- as in relationships -- HOW you say things is more impactful than WHAT you say.