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When Was the Last Time You Read the Declaration of Independence?

It's a great piece of writing, if you don't mind the bit about the Native Americans, which arguably set the stage for genocide.

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IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new...

Watch Paul Waldman on Washington Journal

The American Prospect 's contributing editor appeared on the June 29, 2014 edition of C-SPAN's Washington Journal .

Beth Schwartzapfel Wins Sidney Award for Prospect's Prison Labor Exposé

The Sidney Hillman Foundation, which "honors excellence in journalism in service of the common good," bestowed its monthly Sidney Award for June on Beth Schwartzapfel, author of The American Prospect magazine's longform investigation of prison labor, " The Great American Chain Gang ," in our May/June issue. "[E]xcluding prisoners from employment statistics skews our picture of unemployment," Schwartzapfel tells Lindsay Beyerstein of the Hillman Foundation, in an interview at the foundation's website. "If you include prisoners, and count them as unemployed, the already-dismal employment rate of young black men without a college education plummets fifteen percentage points, from 65 percent to 50 percent. I was—and still am—stunned by this information. But then I thought, wait a minute: Inmates aren't really jobless. It's just that no one is counting their jobs." Schwartzapfel's exposé was assigned and edited by executive editor Bob Moser. "Beth is one of the finest...

A Message to Our Readers

Paul Starr and Robert Kuttner resume editorship of the magazine they cofounded.

With the June 6 departure of editor-in-chief Kit Rachlis to take a new position in California, co-editors Bob Kuttner and Paul Starr, who founded The American Prospect in 1990, will again direct it, beginning with the fall issue. Adele M. Stan remains the digital editor, and Harold Meyerson remains editor at large. The award-winning magazine will continue its longstanding blend of deeply reported pieces on politics and economics as well as distinguished essay and commentary. After a review of its budget, The American Prospect is pursuing several cost-saving measures. The Prospect ’s board has made these changes to assure that the publication will remain financially and journalistically strong going forward. The magazine will combine a quarterly print and daily digital magazine, with savings on printing, illustration and photography. The print Prospect will have a smaller in-house staff, relying more on outside writers. Our acclaimed website, prospect.org , will continue to...