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Freedom and the Pursuit of Happiness

Freedom and the Pursuit of Happiness

An Economic and Political Perspective

  • Author: Sebastiano Bavetta,Pietro Navarra,Dario Maimone,Dario Patti
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1107037735
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 253
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This book is about the relationship between different concepts of freedom and happiness, with implications for public policy.

Theological Perspectives for Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Theological Perspectives for Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Public Intellectuals for the Twenty-First Century

  • Author: A. Isasi-Diaz,M. Fulkerson,R. Carbine
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 1137372214
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 184
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Rather than wield religion as a weapon or a ruse in irrational appeals, the book attempts to reimagine a shared American mythos and ethos, by reminding us of our shared stake in creating an America committed to the life of all peoples and species and to the full developments of our capabilities as an exercise of liberty.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, Version 4.0

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, Version 4.0

  • Author: Gordon Anderson
  • Publisher: Paragon House
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 320
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The American founders designed a Constitution for governance of the United States based on the idea that citizens are sovereign and that function of government is to protect their pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness. This book calls the original system "version 3.0," and discusses five basic political principles required for a modern government to accomplish that function. These principles were either explicit or implicit at the founding. However, the United States has deviated from these principles over time, and today the federal government is doing many of the things the Constitution sought to protect against. Congress is in a position much like the programmers of a computer operating system that seek to increase the functionality of the system and to ward off attacks from viruses. However, not only have they passed laws that take away from the citizen's abilities to pursue life, liberty, and happiness, they have also introduced various viruses that threaten the existence of the entire system. This book describes how we can eliminate these viruses infecting the system and update the U.S. government to "version 4.0," allowing U.S. citizens to pursue life, liberty, and happiness, thereby producing a solid foundation for a strong and durable society in which all can freely prosper. There are several conclusions that run against the current prevailing views. The most significant conclusion involves the relationship of the government to the economy. Several principles adopted as prevailing economic wisdom in both the Republican and Democratic Parties are considered harmful to the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness of citizens, and harmful to the society as a whole. There are many books on reforming the U.S. government, which a majority of Americans consider to be broken. However, there is no comprehensive systematic vision based on these core principles of government. Rather, most approaches are patches on symptoms produced by not adhering to these fundamental principles in the first place.

The Political Economy of Human Happiness

The Political Economy of Human Happiness

How Voters' Choices Determine the Quality of Life

  • Author: Benjamin Radcliff
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1107355354
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: N.A
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Data, methods and theories of contemporary social science can be applied to resolve how political outcomes in democratic societies determine the quality of life that citizens experience. Radcliff seeks to provide an objective answer to the debate between left and right over what public policies best contribute to people leading positive and rewarding lives. Radcliff offers an empirical answer, relying on the same canons of reason and evidence required of any other issue amenable to study through social-scientific means. The analysis focuses on the consequences of three specific political issues: the welfare state and the general size of government, labor organization, and state efforts to protect workers and consumers through economic regulation. The results indicate that in each instance, the program of the Left best contributes to citizens leading more satisfying lives and, critically, that the benefits of greater happiness accrue to everyone in society, rich and poor alike.

Theological Perspectives for Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Theological Perspectives for Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Public Intellectuals for the Twenty-First Century

  • Author: A. Isasi-Diaz,M. Fulkerson,R. Carbine
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 1137372214
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 184
  • View: 4538
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Rather than wield religion as a weapon or a ruse in irrational appeals, the book attempts to reimagine a shared American mythos and ethos, by reminding us of our shared stake in creating an America committed to the life of all peoples and species and to the full developments of our capabilities as an exercise of liberty.

The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness

An Economy of Well-Being

  • Author: Carol Graham
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
  • ISBN: 0815724047
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 164
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In The Pursuit of Happiness, the latest addition to the Brookings FOCUS series, Carol Graham explores what we know about the determinants of happiness, acrossand within countries at different stages of development. She then takes a look at just what we can do with that new knowledge and clearly presents both the promise and thepotential pitfalls of injecting the "economics of happiness" into public policymaking. This burgeoning field, largely a product of collaboration between economists and psychologists, is gaining great currency worldwide. One of a handful of pioneers to studythis topic a mere decade ago, Graham is understandably excited about how far the concept has come and its possible utility in the future. The British, French, and Braziliangovernments already have introduced happiness metrics into their benchmarks of national progress, and the U.S. government could follow suit. But "happiness" as a yardstick to help measure a nation's well-being is still a relatively new approach, and many questions remain unanswered. The Pursuit of Happiness spotlights the innovative contributions of happiness research to the dismal science. But it also raises a cautionary note about the issues that stillneed to be addressed before policymakers can make best use of them. An effective definition of well-being that goes beyond measuring income —the Gross National Productapproach —could very well lead to improved understanding of poverty and economic welfare. But the question remains: how best to measure and quantify happiness? While scholars have developed rigorous measures of well-being that can be included in our statistics —as the British are already doing —to what degree should we use such metrics to shape and evaluate policy, particularly in assessing development outcomes? Graham considers a number of unanswered questions, such as whether policy should be more concerned with increasing day-to-day contentment or with providing greater opportunity to build a fulfilling life. Other issues include whether we care more about the happiness of today's citizens or that of future generations. Policies such as reducing our fiscal deficits or reforming our health care system, for example, typically require sacrificing current consumption and immediate well-being for better long-run outcomes. Another is whether policy should focus on reducing misery or raising general levels ofwell-being beyond their relatively high levels, in the same way that reducing poverty is only one choice among many objectives in our macroeconomic policy. Employing the new metrics without attention to these questions could produce mistakes that might undermine the long-term prospects for a truly meaningful economics of well-being. Despite this cautionary note, Graham points out that it is surely a positive development that some of our public attention is going to better understanding and enhancing the well-being of our citizens, rather than emphasizing the rootsof their divide.

The H-Spot

The H-Spot

The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness

  • Author: Jill Filipovic
  • Publisher: Nation Books
  • ISBN: 1568585489
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 336
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What do women want? The same thing men were promised in the Declaration of Independence: happiness, or at least the freedom to pursue it. For women, though, pursuing happiness is a complicated endeavor, and if you head out into America and talk to women one-on-one, as Jill Filipovic has done, you'll see that happiness is indelibly shaped by the constraints of gender, the expectations of feminine sacrifice, and the myriad ways that womanhood itself differs along lines of race, class, location, and identity. In The H-Spot, Filipovic argues that the main obstacle standing in-between women and happiness is a rigged system. In this world of unfinished feminism, men have long been able to "have it all" because of free female labor, while the bar of achievement for women has only gotten higher. Never before have women at every economic level had to work so much (whether it's to be an accomplished white-collar employee or just make ends meet). Never before have the standards of feminine perfection been so high. And never before have the requirements for being a "good mother" been so extreme. If our laws and policies made women's happiness and fulfillment a goal in and of itself, Filipovic contends, many of our country's most contentious political issues--from reproductive rights to equal pay to welfare spending--would swiftly be resolved. Filipovic argues that it is more important than ever to prioritize women's happiness-and that doing so will make men's lives better, too. Here, she provides an outline for a feminist movement we all need and a blueprint for how policy, laws, and society can deliver on the promise of the pursuit of happiness for all.

The American Photo-engraver

The American Photo-engraver

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Labor unions
  • Page: N.A
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Constitutional Values and European Contract Law

Constitutional Values and European Contract Law

  • Author: Stefan Grundmann
  • Publisher: Kluwer Law International
  • ISBN: 9041127658
  • Category: Law
  • Page: 265
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Two major developments in European Private and European Business Law come together when we speak about "Constitutional Values and European Contract Law". European Contract Law has become extreme¬ly dynamic over the last 10 years, both in substance and perspec¬tive: all core areas are considered now in legal science and in EC legislation, and there are even the prospects of some kind of codification. On the other hand, constitutional values and their impact on private law have been an issue of high concern in major Member States over decades, namely Italy and Germany, but as well the Netherlands - hence the strong presence of scholars and practising lawyers from these countries in this book. Constitutional values have, however, found their way to the EC level and the national discussions have inspired a European one, with three core values discussed: Fundamental Freedoms, fundamental rights and constitutional system building principles- such as the social welfare state or the rule of law. Their impact on private law can be sensed nowadays quite considerably also on the European level. These fundamental values are often seen as the ingredient, which renders European Private Law, namely European Contract Law, more responsive to social values or more "humane". For all these reasons, the book combines comparative law, EC Law and interdisciplinary approaches to the question "Constitutional Values and European Contract Law". Outstanding scholars from six Member States and beyond - quite a few also practising lawyers - discuss the issue and do so for the first time on such a broad and all encompassing basis.

The Bioregional Economy

The Bioregional Economy

Land, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

  • Author: Molly Scott Cato
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1136181733
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 254
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In a world of climate change and declining oil supplies, what is the plan for the provisioning of resources? Green economists suggest a need to replace the globalised economy, and its extended supply chains, with a more ‘local’ economy. But what does this mean in more concrete terms? How large is a local economy, how self-reliant can it be, and what resources will still need to be imported? The concept of the ‘bioregion’ — developed and popularised within the disciplines of earth sciences, biosciences and planning — may facilitate the reconceptualisation of the global economy as a system of largely self-sufficient local economies. A bioregional approach to economics assumes a different system of values to that which dominates neoclassical economics. The global economy is driven by growth, and the consumption ethic that matches this is one of expansion in range and quantity. Goods are defined as scarce, and access to them is a process based on competition. The bioregional approach challenges every aspect of that value system. It seeks a new ethic of consumption that prioritises locality, accountability and conviviality in the place of expansion and profit; it proposes a shift in the focus of the economy away from profits and towards provisioning; and it assumes a radical reorientation of work from employment towards livelihood. This book by leading green economist Molly Scott Cato sets out a visionary and yet rigorous account of what a bioregional approach to the economy would mean — and how to get there from here.

Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality

Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality

  • Author: Danielle Allen
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN: 0871408139
  • Category: History
  • Page: 320
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Winner of the Zócalo Book Prize Shortlisted for the 2015 PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize, Society of American Historians “A tour de force. . . . No one has ever written a book on the Declaration quite like this one.”—Gordon Wood, New York Review of Books Featured on the front page of the New York Times, Our Declaration is already regarded as a seminal work that reinterprets the promise of American democracy through our founding text. Combining a personal account of teaching the Declaration with a vivid evocation of the colonial world between 1774 and 1777, Allen, a political philosopher renowned for her work on justice and citizenship reveals our nation’s founding text to be an animating force that not only changed the world more than two-hundred years ago, but also still can. Challenging conventional wisdom, she boldly makes the case that the Declaration is a document as much about political equality as about individual liberty. Beautifully illustrated throughout, Our Declaration is an “uncommonly elegant, incisive, and often poetic primer on America’s cardinal text” (David M. Kennedy).

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Second Edition Country Perspectives on Diversity and Equal Treatment

  • Author: Alain Klarsfeld,Lize A.E. Booysen,Eddy Ng,Ian Roper,Ahu Tatli
  • Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
  • ISBN: 0857939319
  • Category: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
  • Page: 320
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The second edition of this important reference work provides important updates and new perspectives on the cases constituting the first edition as well as including contributions from a number of new countries: Australia, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, N

Harriet Martineau

Harriet Martineau

Theoretical and Methodological Perspectives

  • Author: Michael R. Hill,Susan Hoecker-Drysdale
  • Publisher: Psychology Press
  • ISBN: 9780415945288
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 233
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The Essays in this volume explore the work of Harriet Martineau from a sociological perspective, highlighting her theoretical contributions in the areas of the sociology of labor, gender and political economy. The contributors each offer a contextual, theoretical and methodological assessment of her work beginning with the opportunities and challenges of utilizing Martineau pedagogically in the sociology classroom.

Size Matters

Size Matters

How Big Government Puts the Squeeze on America's Families, Finances, and Freedom

  • Author: Joel J. Miller
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • ISBN: 9781418551735
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 240
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Your right to pursue happiness has been revoked by Big Government. Thousands of pages of regulations, millions of employees, and trillions of tax dollars . . . Big Government is bigger than ever, and as this bloated behemoth continues to fatten up and stretch out, it squeezes America's entrepreneurs, workers, and families - cutting our choices, limiting our opportunities, and squelching our right to pursue happiness. Every year, taxes increase, regulations pile higher, the cost of living goes up - and our quality of life suffers. So with everyone obsessing about the obesity problem in America, isn't it time we looked at the fat, flabby, overstretched, and overbloated behemoth that is American government? Size Matters shows through facts, figures, and head-spinning stories that as government increases in quantity, we all suffer a loss in life quality. Miller reveals the damning details of Big Government's impact on the lives of ordinary Americans. How it . . . reduces family income drives up the cost of housing, healthcare, and most every other consumer product or service hurts employment misdirects entrepreneurial efforts stifles vital marketplace creativity and innovation Bristling with drama and data, Size Matters reveals the real daily drawbacks of Big Government. It comes down to this . . . Big Government = Huge Problem. Size really does matter. "Miller explains how government overregulation and porkbarrelling are costing Americans money and freedom while politicians and special interests line their pockets. This book should be a political call to arms." -Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit.com; author of An Army of Davids "Great sport! Imagine Thomas Frank if he actually told the truth. Accessible, entertaining, informative, and relevant in the best sense of the word. Read this book and you'll never lose an argument to a liberal again." -Jack Cashill, author of Hoodwinked and Sucker Punch "Miller will make you excited about the potential of America-and spitting mad that Big Government keeps tripping us up." -Star Parker, author of Uncle Sam's Plantation "Who knew that reading about rapacious government growth could be so delectable?" -Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief, Reason

A Nation for All

A Nation for All

How the Catholic Vision of the Common Good Can Save America from the Politics of Division

  • Author: Senator Chris Korzen,Senator Alexia Kelley
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 0470370211
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 224
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On the eve of the most important presidential election in decades, A NATION FOR ALL sounds the trumpet to the tens of millions of U.S. Catholics who have refused to buy the notion that people of faith must subscribe to the narrow agenda of the far right. By shining the light of authentic Catholic teaching on pressing contemporary concerns like war, human dignity, poverty, and the looming global climate crisis, this book shows Catholics how their own faith tradition calls them to tackle a sweeping array of issues commonly left out of the faith and politics dialog. Most important, A NATION FOR ALL demonstrates how the core Catholic and Christian belief in promoting the common good can provide Americans of all faith traditions with a much-needed solution to the downward spiral of greed, materialism, and excessive individualism.

Development as Freedom

Development as Freedom

  • Author: Amartya Sen
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • ISBN: 9780307874290
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 384
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By the winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Economics, an essential and paradigm-altering framework for understanding economic development--for both rich and poor--in the twenty-first century. Freedom, Sen argues, is both the end and most efficient means of sustaining economic life and the key to securing the general welfare of the world's entire population. Releasing the idea of individual freedom from association with any particular historical, intellectual, political, or religious tradition, Sen clearly demonstrates its current applicability and possibilities. In the new global economy, where, despite unprecedented increases in overall opulence, the contemporary world denies elementary freedoms to vast numbers--perhaps even the majority of people--he concludes, it is still possible to practically and optimistically restain a sense of social accountability. Development as Freedom is essential reading.

The Dialogue of Cultural Traditions

The Dialogue of Cultural Traditions

Global Perspective

  • Author: William Sweet
  • Publisher: CRVP
  • ISBN: 1565182588
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 658
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In Pursuit

In Pursuit

Of Happiness and Good Government

  • Author: Charles A. Murray
  • Publisher: Liberty Fund
  • ISBN: 9780865978430
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 306
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Measuring success in social policy -- Coming to terms with happiness -- Enabling conditions and thresholds -- Material resources -- Safety -- Dignity, self-esteem, and self-respect -- Enjoyment, self-actualization, and intrinsic rewards -- Policy and an idea of man -- Asking a new question, getting new answers: evaluating results -- Asking a new question, getting new answers: designing solutions -- Searching for solutions that work: changing the metaphor -- Little platoons -- "To close the circle of our felicities.

The Quest for Community

The Quest for Community

  • Author: Robert Nisbet
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • ISBN: 1497620759
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 288
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One of the leading thinkers to emerge in the postwar conservative intellectual revival was the sociologist Robert Nisbet. His book The Quest for Community, published in 1953, stands as one of the most persuasive accounts of the dilemmas confronting modern society. Nearly a half century before Robert Putnam documented the atomization of society in Bowling Alone, Nisbet argued that the rise of the powerful modern state had eroded the sources of community—the family, the neighborhood, the church, the guild. Alienation and loneliness inevitably resulted. But as the traditional ties that bind fell away, the human impulse toward community led people to turn even more to the government itself, allowing statism—even totalitarianism—to flourish. ISI Books is proud to present this new edition of Nisbet’s magnum opus, featuring a brilliant introduction by New York Times columnist Ross Douthat and three critical essays. Published at a time when our communal life has only grown weaker and when many Americans display cultish enthusiasm for a charismatic president, this new edition of The Quest for Community shows that Nisbet’s insights are as relevant today as ever.

Liberal Democracy and Peace in South Africa

Liberal Democracy and Peace in South Africa

The Pursuit of Freedom as Dignity

  • Author: H. Kotzé,Pierre du Toit
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 0230116329
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 247
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South Africa's transition to democracy was met by the global audience with at first, disbelief, followed later by applause. After fifteen years of democracy big questions remain: has a more democratic regime also lead to a more liberal society? And has democracy made for a more peaceful society?