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    Everyone knows you can’t take it with you. But you can use it to make the world a better place—both while you’re in it and after you die. That’s a key message from Kevin J. “Seamus” Hasson, the winner of this year’s Salvatori Prize, presented by The Heritage Foundation. Hasson … More

    Remembering July 2

    “I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival,” John Adams wrote about the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. “It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought … More

    Mirroring Political Greatness

    It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day attacks of a political campaign: Which candidate is mean to dogs versus which candidate has eaten them, and so forth. But sometimes it’s worthwhile to take a step back and remember how great politicians of the past carried out their craft. … More

    Finding the Answer in the Founding

    There are certain existential questions that humans have wrestled with since the dawn of time: “What is the meaning of life?” “Which came first: the chicken or the egg?” Perhaps even “Does the refrigerator light stay on when I close the door?” Recently, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried … More

    Chinese Activist Learning English Through Declaration of Independence

     Despite its problems, the American higher education system remains the envy of the world. Students pour in from around the globe to study here, including more than 150,000 from China in 2011. But one student, here for the first time this year, has a higher profile than most. And he’s … More

    A Farm Bill That’s Not About Farming

    Were we directed from Washingtonwhen to sow, when to reap, we should soon want bread. – Thomas Jefferson The federal government hasn’t stuck its nose into when to plant crops (yet, anyway), butJefferson’s warning is worth remembering as another farm bill chugs through Congress this year. Federal lawmakers are planning, yet again, to … More

    LOST on the Web Ads

    You may have seen the Web ads: “Five Secretaries of State from Former Republican Administrations Endorse Law of the Sea Ratification,” they declare. The point is obvious: If these grizzled foreign-policy veterans support the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), so should you. But hold on. When it comes to … More

    Paring Back the Regulatory State

    Here’s a question that will be important throughout 2012 and probably for many years beyond: What did the Dodd–Frank financial regulation accomplish? The best answer is: “We don’t know.” Because in a very real way most of this law, passed almost two years ago, hasn’t been written yet. How’s that … More

    D-Day: Let Us Pray

    When we look back across history, it’s all too easy to assume that because something happened, it had to happen exactly the way it did. But there was nothing inevitable, for example, about Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo or the Union’s victory at Gettysburg. These battles could easily have turned in … More

    Reid Is Bouncing an Important Check

    It seems odd to note this in an election year, but it’s important nonetheless: The Founding Fathers feared unbridled, direct democracy. The Senate is supposed to slow down the legislative process by allowing vigorous debate. But Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) is weakening its purpose by blocking other Senators from … More