What Independence Needs: A Quick Holiday Quiz
Key logic in America’s founding documents is now too often neglected. Do you know what “the Declaration” lists as the first justification for America’s Independence?
Key logic in America’s founding documents is now too often neglected. Here’s a quick 4th of July quiz:
1. What does “the Declaration” list as the first justification for America’s Independence?
2. What does the Constitution define as government’s role after providing for “the common defense” and before securing “the Blessings of Liberty”?
3. The Founders knew that no nation is the sum of its private interests. Unless those interests correctly include their dependence on answers to those two questions above.
4. The answer to 1: A tyrannous king was obstructing “Laws… necessary for the public good.”
5. The answer to 2: Government’s role is to “promote the general Welfare.”
6. The Founders felt their logic of common defense applied equally to the “public good.”
7. Tocqueville said Americans knew how to “combat individualism by the principle of interest rightly understood.”
8. In the 1830s it seemed self-evident that there was a “close connection between the private fortune of each and the prosperity of all."
9. This “incline[d Americans] willingly to sacrifice a portion of their time and property to the welfare of the state.”
10. National independence logically requires domestic interdependence (all private success is built atop a platform of the “public good”).
11. The Founders knew that practical liberty is a government program (it can’t be secured privately).
12. Ask yourself, is America being run for “the people”? Or mostly for the benefit of a happy few?
Illustration by Julia Suits, The New Yorker Cartoonist & author of The Extraordinary Catalog of Peculiar Inventions.
A new study estimated the untapped potential of wind energy across Europe.
- A new report calculated how much electricity Europe could generate if it built onshore wind farms on all of its exploitable land.
- The results indicated that European onshore wind farms could supply the whole world with electricity from now until 2050.
- Wind farms come with a few complications, but the researchers noted that their study was meant to highlight the untapped potential of the renewable energy source in Europe.
Scientists make an important discovery for the future of computing.
- Researchers find a new state of matter called "topological superconductivity".
- The state can lead to important advancements in quantum computing.
- Utilizing special particles that emerge during this state can lead to error-free data storage and blazing calculation speed.
You want one. Now you may be able to survive one.
Photo credit: Jie Zhao / Getty contributor
- Cats live in a quarter of Western households.
- Allergies to them are common and can be dangerous.
- A new approach targets the primary trouble-causing allergen.