Countdown to the Declaration - Liberty Fund

Countdown to the Declaration

New material every month as we explore the Declaration's past, present, and future.

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Liberty v. Tyranny

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There is a long tradition of debating the right to resistance: What aspects of that tradition were most influential in forming the Declaration mindset?

Published July 2024

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Education

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What kind of education is necessary for a citizenry that takes the Declaration seriously?

Coming in August 2024

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Law & Constitutionalism

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Does the Declaration offer us any permanent guidance in thinking constitutionally?

Coming in September 2024

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Equality

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Writing a Declaration that could secure support required compromises and negotiations: How did these compromises chart the course of, or delay the recognition of equality for coming generations?

Coming in October 2024

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Political Institutions

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Does technology fundamentally alter the basis for representative government? Does it give us cause to reconsider the principles of the Declaration?

Coming in November 2024

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Philosophy & Theology

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How important are religious and Enlightenment ideas to the concepts in the Declaration? Are these influences necessarily in conflict?

Coming in December 2024

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Political Economy

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Technology offers us the potential of an increasingly globalized world. Why do we find ourselves refighting the same debates between open markets and mercantilism that preoccupied the 18th century?

Coming in January 2025

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Education

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What in the Founders’ education prepared them to be able to craft the Declaration?

Coming in February 2025

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Liberty and Tyranny

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What sustains liberty? Does the Declaration offer a model for future political resistance to tyrants?

Coming in March 2025

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War & Peace

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The Declaration did not just declare American independence, but implicitly declared war on England. What happens to the voices of loyalists in the shadow of the revolution?

Coming in April 2025

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Law & Constitutionalism

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What is the constitutional importance of the Declaration of Independence?

Coming in May 2025

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Law & Constitutionalism

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Shifts in our prevailing philosophies and theologies seem to make the Declaration’s ideals little more than a pleasant fiction. What would we need to bring the Declaration back into a place of primacy in our common life?

Coming in June 2025

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War & Peace

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The Declaration served as a model for countless later revolutions and rebellions against authority. How has the legacy of these revolutions shaped our world today?

Coming in July 2025

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Education

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Education is increasingly technological and individualized. Can this be conducive to producing citizens who share a common set of political ideals?

Coming in August 2025

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Law & Constitutionalism

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How did the multi-stranded Western legal tradition help frame the Declaration?

Coming in September 2025

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Liberty & Tyranny

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The Declaration sets out standards for the just conduct of government: To what degree are these still relevant to American politics today?

Coming in October 2025

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Equality

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What must we consider going forward to fulfill the Declaration’s claim that we are self-evidently equal?

Coming in November 2025

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Political Economy

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Both the Declaration and Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations were published in 1776. Do these works share similar preoccupations and concerns?

Coming in December 2025

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Philosophy/Theology

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Modern Americans live with a kind of religious and cultural diversity that the Founders would have a hard time imagining. Does the Declaration offer us the tools to help navigate these differences and dissensions?

Coming in January 2026

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Equality

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Contemporary debates over the Declaration and America’s founding suggest that the Declaration enshrines inequality at the core of our public life. How do the political compromises that were necessary to agree on the Declaration continue to haunt us?

Coming in February 2026

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Political Institutions

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How did the Declaration seek to vindicate the political rights of the colonists?

Coming in March 2026

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Political Economy

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Many of the colonists’ complaints centered on unjust taxation. To what extent do those complaints continue to be relevant today?

Coming in April 2026

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Political Institutions

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Has the model of representative government embraced by the Founders stood the test of time? Is it a dead hand holding us back or the backbone of our liberty?

Coming in May 2026

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War & Peace

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Does the Declaration offer a practical framework for future decisions regarding just war?

Coming in June 2026

July 2026
250th Anniversary

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