Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.  

Seems pretty simple? The Declaration of Independence (DoI) seems pretty short. 

It is these few words that make America what it is  ... it is the statement of UNALIENABLE RIGHTS that make all the difference.  The devil is in the details ... and the details keep emerging.   It is for these notions that Turgot  said the American people were  hope of the human race ... Diderot, (according to Kramnick) in turn, saw America as "offering all the inhabitants of Europe an asylum against fanaticism and tyranny".

We take these rights pretty seriously.  Some highly misguided individuals and organizations have failed to realize this, and are now starting to experience what happens when our inalienable rights have been tampered with.

We'll discuss these and other concepts in detail. These are the ongoing notes, if you have opinions you would like to share (in exercise of your liberty and pursuit of happiness) we'd like to hear from you (Send emails to notes-at-llpoh.org).

What are the historical precusrsor / contect to this major achievements. IN many ways it is the going ons in Paris and London, and other great cities that led to the period that we now term the Enlightmenment.  This topic deserves it well earned attention. (and we'll provide some reflections as time marches on.)

So what's the big deal  -- check the preamble to the Constitution:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

pretty ambitious and serious  ... and why is the rest of the world so slow to figure it out?

What did Diderot, the encyclopedia guru of the enlightement see? He saw America as "offering all the inhabitants of Europe an asylum against fanaticism and tyranny".

What do we see for ourselves? We've got plenty of work cut our for ourselves.  We as a nation will be spending countless dollars, and other resources, to get those in the Dark a chance to see the Light. As citizens we need to understand the discussion and the allocations.  So stay tuned ...

Embedded in the discussions of Englightenment we find attention to the notion of Equality.   What Equality?  Equality of  opportunity  which means fairness,  a fairness that disposes of the rigging of life’s rewards by priests or princes.

According to Condorces this equality was the basis  for boundless optimistic faith in progress.   so there are some of the topics.

 

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