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Common Sense Nation

Author : Robert Curry
ISBN : 9781594038266
Genre : History
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“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” This sentence is perfectly familiar. We know it as a core principle of our founding. But few, if any of us consider why Jefferson wrote it in exactly this way. Why “unalienable rights” and not simply rights? Why “self-evident” truths and not simply truths? Why does the Declaration make these distinctions? Do they really matter? If these questions are challenging or Jefferson’s words seem esoteric, it is because we no longer conduct our politics in the language of the Founders and we are no longer able to think as they once thought. In Congress and the media, political arguments are advanced by a torrent of policy studies and “expert” opinions—not on the basis of self-evident truths, unalienable rights, and definitely not in the language of the Founders. Common Sense Nation is a potent re-introduction to the political ideas of the Founders—in their own words and on their terms. It is dedicated to the proposition that the only way to fully unlock the profound and distinctive power of American self-government is to understand it as its inventors did. Common Sense Nation reclaims the language of liberty from entities that prefer to interpret our freedoms for us. For in knowing the Founders as they knew themselves, readers will learn the surprising depths of their own political powers as American citizens.

Common Sense Catholicism

Author : William Donohue
ISBN : 9781642290660
Genre : Religion
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This work analyzes how the three key elements of a democratic society—freedom, equality, and fraternity—have been misconstrued by intellectuals and policy makers who do not respect the limitations of the human condition. Their lack of common sense has resulted in social and cultural problems rather than solutions to them. By contrast, the social teachings of the Catholic Church mesh nicely with the demands of human nature, and as such they offer the right remedy to our cultural crisis. Freedom defined as radical individualism has eclipsed the understanding that real rights are tethered to responsibilities. Equality defined as radical egalitarianism yields little in the way of equality and much in the way of state-sponsored social discord. And fraternity without the foundation of familial bonds and religious communities leaves people isolated and disoriented. Catholic teaching offers much wisdom to remedy our insufficient understanding of the elements needed for a free and flourishing society. Its common sense is greatly needed to help modern Americans rediscover the true meaning of their highest ideals.

Vindicating The Commercial Republic

Author : Anthony A. Peacock
ISBN : 9781498553483
Genre : Political Science
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This book provides a sweeping reinterpretation of The Federalist, using the ancient historian Thucydides' account of ancient commercial Athens as an interpretive guide. It argues that The Federalist highlights the importance of a new commercial republic that promotes a culture of enterprise to shape both America’s civil and military character.

Reclaiming Common Sense

Author : Robert Curry
ISBN : 1641770740
Genre : History
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Common sense thinking has fallen out of favor. Because it has been under attack for a very long time, it no longer gets the respect it once commanded. Deep thinkers have rejected it, elites have learned to disdain it, and many of us have had our confidence in the value of common sense thinking badly shaken. The consequences have been enormous. Faltering belief in common sense thinking is at the core of the rejection of the American Founders' idea of America, and, more broadly, the astonishing rejection of Western civilization by its own people which has reached what looks to be a civilization-ending crisis in Europe. Yet common sense in itself remains untouched by these attacks for the simple reason that we cannot get along without it. It is the foundation of thinking and of human action. The unrelenting attacks on common sense have created something truly strange: a widespread idea that we have somehow moved beyond common sense which, at the same time, requires us to ignore the simple truth that we live and move and act in the realm of common sense in our every waking moment. Restoring common sense properly understood is what Reclaiming Common Sense is all about. This project of restoration includes an examination of the absurdity of the attacks on common sense. It also turns to well-known stories drawn from the Western literary tradition to help us again find our footing in the world of common sense.

American Affairs

Author : Garet Garett
ISBN : UOM:35128001515087
Genre : Economic history
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American Affairs

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ISBN : MINN:319510007491277
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Bulletin Of The Atomic Scientists

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The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is the premier public resource on scientific and technological developments that impact global security. Founded by Manhattan Project Scientists, the Bulletin's iconic "Doomsday Clock" stimulates solutions for a safer world.

Parliamentary Debates Hansard

Author : Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons
ISBN : IND:30000088326883
Genre : Great Britain
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Contains the 4th session of the 28th Parliament through the session of the Parliament.

Congressional Record

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105009916045
Genre : Law
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The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. The Congressional Record began publication in 1873. Debates for sessions prior to 1873 are recorded in The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States (1789-1824), the Register of Debates in Congress (1824-1837), and the Congressional Globe (1833-1873)

Harper S Weekly

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105004961426
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