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Thomas Jefferson

Prelude to Independence

William E. White | Posted 08.25.2013 | Impact
William E. White

Can we -- Americans of the twenty-first century -- secure those Enlightenment ideals of self-government for ourselves? It is fitting that we pause now, during this "Prelude to Independence," and rededicate ourselves to this nation's humanities heritage.

Democratic and Republican Ideologies Undergo Dramatic Role Reversal

Rich Rubino | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Rich Rubino

Outliers who get elected are also usually the most electorally vulnerable in that they invariably represent states and Congressional districts inhospitable to their party's ideology. The Republican Party, once the liberal party is now the conservative Party.

Castor Bean Control

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 07.31.2013 | Comedy
Andrew J. Lederer

The fool has signed his own warrant. Even he knows that of all the fundamentally lethal implements, only guns have a special dispensation from God and Jefferson.

Christian Filli: How Should We Measure Happiness?

Christian Filli | Posted 05.28.2013 | Women
Christian Filli

Can we realistically expect a shift in this value system over the next few years? Is a materialistic and competitive society like the United States' on the verge of significant change? Do we even want to change?

Bizarre Landmark Owned By Thomas Jefferson Goes On The Market

AP | Posted 05.24.2013 | DC

ROANOKE, Va. -- A Virginia landmark and tourism attraction once owned by Thomas Jefferson is up for sale. The privately owned Natural Bridge, north o...

The Importance of Haiti

Pascal Robert | Posted 07.09.2013 | Black Voices
Pascal Robert

The cataclysmic earthquake that devastated the Island of Haiti caused endless death and suffering to a nation already steeped in a history of poverty and turmoil.

Limits of American Power, a Historical Perspective

Christopher McKnight Nichols | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Christopher McKnight Nichols

Americans today debate possible new interventions, withdrawals, disputes over what does and does not constitute a "red line," and other applications of power abroad in light of enormous geopolitical changes and challenges. Let the debate consider the long history of cautious realism.

Listen: Thomas Jefferson's 'Art of Power'

Bill Marriott | Posted 07.07.2013 | Books
Bill Marriott

Anyone who has studied American history knows that Thomas Jefferson was a brilliant thinker who wrote the Declaration of Independence and was our third president, and also founded the University of Virginia.

An Atheist Muslim's Perspective On The 'Root Causes' Of Islamist Jihadism And The Politics Of Islamophobia

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 07.03.2013 | World
Ali A. Rizvi

Muslims have rightly complained about the Israeli government labeling them anti-Semitic for legitimate criticism of Israeli policy, but today Muslims (along with liberal apologist allies) are doing the same thing with their broad use of the "Islamophobia" label against the "new atheists."

For Sale: 18th Century Plantation Designed By Thomas Jefferson

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 05.03.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Homes designed by Thomas Jefferson don't come onto the market very often, so if you're looking for a country retreat along the banks of ...

We Need a Nonbelievers' Liberation Movement

Allan Brawley | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics
Allan Brawley

We need a nonbelievers' rights movement that will encourage more people to come out of the closet and help free the country -- and the world -- from destructive sectarian conflict.

Major Gift Spurs Restoration At Jefferson's Estate

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — One-time slave quarters will be recreated at Thomas Jefferson's home at Monticello, and more of the Declaration of Independence wri...

The IRS and Nonprofit Media

Kevin K. Murphy | Posted 06.10.2013 | Media
Kevin K. Murphy

Even a man of Thomas Jefferson's brilliance could scarcely imagine the collapse of the newspaper industry, which was the only way that journalism was distributed in his time.

One Year Ago Today, the 'Least Credible History Book in Print' was Published

Chris Rodda | Posted 06.10.2013 | Books
Chris Rodda

One year ago today, on April 10, 2012, a new book hit the shelves -- David Barton's The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You've Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson.

Conformity Is the Enemy: From Groupthink to Diversity

Michael Roth | Posted 05.31.2013 | College
Michael Roth

Conformity, whether rationalized or simply imposed, undermines our government, our press, and our educational systems. We've had to learn some hard lessons about this in the last 10 years. Surely one of them is that we must defend diversity as a tool for innovation and for responsible decision-making.

'Auction Kings': Man Brings In Thomas Jefferson's Desk

Posted 03.15.2013 | TV

Owner Paul Brown was absolutely stunned by an item that walked into his auction house on "Auction Kings." Todd brought in an old family heirloom, but ...

Heroes for Different Times

Michael Drew | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics
Michael Drew

We change our heroes. Or the times change, and those we looked up to or admired may seem different in the light of a different day, a different age

Ideology Won't Solve Our Problems

Dan Morgan | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Dan Morgan

The sequester that took effect March 1 is a case in point. Some House Republicans have called it the Tea Party's biggest success to date. But a success for whom?

Abolish It: It's Our Right

Carl Gibson | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Carl Gibson

It's obvious to anyone paying attention at this point that this current government doesn't give a damn about anyone who isn't buying influence in Wash...

Who's Got the Social Inventions?

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 05.01.2013 | Green
Craig K. Comstock

Are there, in short, social inventions that would allow us to dis-identify from a dysfunctional pattern and to identify instead with ways that will work?

Why Liberal Education Matters -- A Lecture in Beijing

Michael Roth | Posted 02.26.2013 | College
Michael Roth

Will pragmatic liberal education instigate skillful and compassionate strategies -- here and abroad -- for addressing our most pressing challenges?

Was Jefferson For Jesus?­­­ Our Founding Father's Religious Resume

Robert Orlando | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Jefferson, much the deist, held to the idea of a "designer" to explain the scientific origin of the universe. Enlightenment thinkers called this designer the "great clockmaker," but he was not the same God that interceded in the cosmos.

A Recovering Politician's Jeffersonian Vision

Ryan Filkil | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Ryan Filkil

On Wednesday morning at the University of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson's hallowed Grounds, John Kerry gave his first speech as Secretary of State. He began by asking, "Why Cabell Hall instead of Kabul?"

6 'Black Presidents' Before Barack Obama

Posted 02.24.2014 | Black Voices

Barack Obama is widely known as the United States' first black president. But is he really the country's first African-American commander-in-chief? ...

Presidents Day and Purim

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 04.19.2013 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Presidents Day rarely falls in the same week as Purim, and it won't again for almost 40 years (in 2051 -- take my word for it). But these two seemingly disparate holidays have much in common.