Must We Choose Between Freedom and Equality?

Our Declaration

As schoolchildren we learn that all people–and all Americans–are created equal. But sometimes it feels as if this country’s leaders have forgotten that equality is one of the tenets this nation was built on. In Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality, Institute for Advanced Study political philosopher Danielle Allen argues that we need not look further than the United States’ founding document to be reminded of how important this idea is. Allen, winner of the Fifth Annual Zócalo Book Prize, visits Zócalo to …

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Zócalo Anoints These 2014 Nonfiction Titles Instant Classics

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