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Thomas Paine

The Unquenchable and Endless Thirst for War -- Thomas Paine Warns the NeoCons Are Coming... Again!

Ian Ruskin | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Ian Ruskin

Enter Thomas Paine, the one truly radical Founding Father, who was fighting for that soul of America. He was also the man who inspired a long and bloody war through his words in Common Sense and American Crisis, words often quoted by Neocons.

Vice News: Up-Close, Gritty and Challenging Mainstream

Chris Komisarjevsky | Posted 12.20.2014 | Media
Chris Komisarjevsky

In the battle for ratings, network television and cable news find themselves face-to-face with an upstart whose coverage of world affairs is up-close and gritty.

Growing up a "Patriot"?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Let me thank my classmates, teachers, and Valley Forge for having educated me to be still that Patriot even as America and the globe around us changes.

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.

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...

Howard's Daily: Clashing Currents of Political Philosophy

Philip K. Howard | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

The quest for certainty, both in philosophy and law, offers ample evidence of philosophical failures. But humans have a need for philosophy, so embracing the humanistic, organic philosophy of Aristotle, Burke, Tocqueville, Berlin, Havel, and many others is where I think individual and social fulfillment can be found.

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 1)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

I met Faisal Saeed Al Mutar recently, just months after he arrived in the United States for the first time from Iraq. Both of us grew up in Middle Eas...

The Republicans and the Radical Minority

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

It is worth bearing in mind that extreme minority factions can do serious damage to the nation as a whole when they pursue a strategy of burning down the political house in hopes of building a new one.

Jon Ward

Yuval Levin On Obama's Claim To Be Conservative, GOP's Lack Of Governance

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The divisions between right and left that define politics today go far deeper than the talking points thrown around on television, exten...

Jon Ward

Revolutionary Roots Of U.S. Political Divide Explored In New Yuval Levin Book

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- For 15 years, I have kept a quote in my wallet from a Washington Post profile of David Remnick after he had been hired to run The New ...

Words to Young Writers

April Brucker | Posted 02.10.2014 | Books
April Brucker

Someone pointed out that the world doesn't always welcome creative people, and adults often discourage that path. What would I tell a young writer? That was a very good question.

Kennedy Was Right: We Are the Heirs of the First Revolution

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The only real hope in any significant change for the better rests in the American people. But first we have to regain a sense of America's history and reclaim our inheritance.

The Aftermath: A Problematic 'Victory'

Bill Moyers | Posted 12.22.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Previously published on BillMoyers.com Thanks to an eleventh-hour settlement the US has supposedly escaped fiscal doomsday, but historian Bernard Wei...

Taking Exception to Exceptionalism

Bill Moyers | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Previously published on BillMoyers.com The historian Bernard Weisberger writes that it's time retire the outworn American creed of exceptionalism. It...

Betty Sue Flowers: The American Dream and the Economic Myth

Betty Sue Flowers | Posted 09.09.2013 | Women
Betty Sue Flowers

Property is a thing. Happiness is an ideal, a story of the future created by the imagination. The American Dream, even when it takes material form, is a wish the heart makes in its pursuit of happiness.

The Common Sense Entitlements of Thomas Paine

Ian Ruskin | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics
Ian Ruskin

Thomas Paine would be appalled by the continuing lack of equality in America, by the ever-growing power of corporations and the ever-increasing difficulty of maintaining life as a "middle class" American.

American Crisis

William E. White | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
William E. White

We live in critical times. So has every other generation of American citizens. We cannot realize the promise of our American Revolution by restoring the past. We cannot become the "summer soldier and sunshine patriot" of Thomas Paine's The American Crisis.

Millbrook v. U.S.: Holding the Government Accountable for Misconduct by Law Enforcement Officials

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.02.2013 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

At a time when the courts are increasingly giving deference to the police and prioritizing security over civil liberties, the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Millbrook v. United States is a glimmer of hope in a sea of gloom.

Why?

David Sable | Posted 02.23.2013 | Media
David Sable

Why do bad things happen? The past week I have seen talking heads pontificate on the school massacre in Connecticut, sure of their own why.

Orwell's Advice on How to Write in Revolutionary Times

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 01.08.2013 | New York
Andrea Chalupa

America is at a crossroads. We are experiencing tensions, familiar to historians, between the haves and have-nots, and their respective allies. In his essay, Orwell described the age in which he lived as "tumultuous, revolutionary" -- just like ours.

The Jane Austen Weekly: 'Sense and Sensibility' and the Occupy Anniversary

Susan Celia Greenfield | Posted 11.21.2012 | Books
Susan Celia Greenfield

This week marks the first anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. And this week we turn to Sense and Sensibility, which features some of the very same indignities that ignited last year's protests.

Intellectual Empathy

Michael Jinkins | Posted 09.17.2012 | Education
Michael Jinkins

The capacity for intellectual empathy is essential to those who wish to live generously and with integrity in a pluralistic society. It is even more essential today than in times past.

How I Ended Up in the Self-Publishing Hall of Fame

John Blumenthal | Posted 06.13.2012 | Books
John Blumenthal

In 1999, I decided to self-publish a novel. I'd sold books to mainstream houses in the past, but no one wanted this one. But I believed in it. My agent believed in it. My wife believed in it. The dog was neutral.

The Politics of Sustainability

John Friedman | Posted 04.09.2012 | Green
John Friedman

It is time to review our foundational values and documents and establish why sustainability is very much based on American values that transcend today's politicized political climate.

Happy Birthday, Common Sense

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Two hundred and thirty-six years ago this week, a pamphlet was published in Philadelphia. Thomas Paine's Common Sense hit the American consciousness like a bombshell -- one which would reverberate for years to come.