Because MONEY ( pronounced MOO-LAAAH) is still such a touchy subject in the Church, and in society in general, I decided to ask people a baseline question just to get their most generic perspective on it, and it got kinda fun. 751 more words
Shortly after uploading Jeremy Bentham’s critique of the Declaration of Independence, I got around to reading the discussion in the New York Times of Danielle Allen’s questioning of the period that appears immediately after the words “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” in the official transcript of the… 1,581 more words
Persistent Enlightenment has a post that examines both Danielle Allen's claim that the Declaration of Independence has extra period the meaning of the document and combines that analysis with Jeremy Bentham's harsh critique of our founding document. The stray period described by Allen essentially narrows the list of "self-evident truths." Bentham goes even further as he stated that the "unalienable rights" discussion of the Declaration was "inherently incoherent." Oftentimes Americans think about the Declaration uncritically and we should avoid that trap.
Here is an updated New Declaration of Independence for the 21st century!!!
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all humans are created different, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, the pursuit of a job which is rewarded based on merit, and a right to be supported with free basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, basic medical care, especially in emergencies, a computer, toiletries, and limited budget cellphone use, but no motorized vehicle and no spending money, when unemployed and destitute and the right of free access to technological, science based job related education when unemployed and destitute . 394 more words
By Jeff Rutherford
Why do Americans tolerate post-Constitutional behavior by the federal government? Is it because of ignorance, apathy or ambivalence?
I don’t know, and I don’t care, one way or the other. 884 more words
On this, the 238th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, I would like to recall what is perhaps the centerpiece of the document: a ringing affirmation of what would later, during the French Revolution, be called “The Rights of Man,” and how and why a people with “a decent respect to the opinions of mankind” should go about securing these rights: … 1,186 more words