#8 — Drawing Conclusions

What’s in a Name

The United States has changed dramatically since the colonists issued the Declaration. Arguably many of the changes have been the result of focused political attention to the goal of human equality. Has the U.S. achieved the goal of human equality? What are some obstacles to achieving that goal.

To dedicate oneself to the proposition of human equality is a two-step act. It is, first, to recognize that all people aspire— that is, they pursue happiness— and that all people can and should be held accountable for how they act on their aspirations. It is, second, to build a political order that puts this recognition of human equality front and center. How can such a political order be built?

Allen, Danielle (2014-06-23). Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality (p. 274). Liveright. Kindle Edition.