Princeton Professor Makes Dubious Declaration

Professor Danielle Allen, at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies, has proposed a closer reading of the Declaration of Independence in order to prove that the country was intended to be socialist all along.  Yes, that’s her thesis, and this woman is on the Board of Trustees and has a MacArthur 'Genius' Award.  On the other hand, she’s a professor of sociology, a field with a penchant for ideology. The Declaration of Independence is a dramatic statement to the world explaining why we broke away from England.  But it’s the Constitution – not the Declaration – that defines how the government would be organized.  Micro-parsing the Declaration for advice on governance would seem to be an exercise in minutiae. But that’s what the professor wants us to do.  Here’s the key passage: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by...(Read Full Post)