Since my posting of Bentham’s critique of the “Declaration of Independence” last Thursday, traffic on this blog has increased dramatically. While I appreciate the attention, I suspect that it will be fleeting and that my readership will soon return to the small, but persistent, company of friends of the Enlightenment who have sustained it over the last year and a half. 1,020 more words
The words we use matter. Persistent Enlightenment has a post on the shift from "unalienable" to "inalienable" rights. PE not only tracks the shift in usage through Google ngram, but attempts to understand why Americans have moved away from the expression "unalienable rights."