The next few works I am reading concern the development of our government in the United States of America. These include the Declaration of the Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the Constitution of the USA and finally the Federalist papers.
I recently finished a biography on one of our founding fathers, John Adams, by Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough. I highly recommend this book and it has given me a broader perspective into the events that were occurring when these documents were prepared. I also think I understand the motivations and personalities of the men who contributed to these great works including: James Madison, John Jay, Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson
previous blog post, John Locke advocated that the role of government is to help preserve "Life", "Liberty" and "Property". That's not quite the same as "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness", but it's close enough for most people.
Continuing with this theme, this statement is worthy of further thought: "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". What is it that makes these truths self-evident?