Thom Hartmann reminds us that one of Thomas Jefferson’s “self-evident” truths, as enumerated in the “Declaration of Independence,” was the “pursuit of happiness.”
Thom Hartmann elaborates, “…a 2012 study by researchers at Stanford University found that being happy is nearly impossible if someone is unemployed, and money aside, unemployment increases the rates of divorce and suicide.
“In fact, being employed is so important to Americans that, according to the University of Chicago’s General Social Survey, three-quarters of Americans wouldn’t quit their jobs even if they suddenly had a financial windfall.
“Of course, to be happy at work means you have to have a job, and right now, 10.9 million Americans don’t have a job. FDR once said that, “Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”
The pursuit of happiness and the promise of economic and social justice are worth the fight and are at the heart of the progressive movement.
- Thom Hartmann: “When Happiness Died in America.”
- Eagleton Institute of Politics: American Political History, The Progressive Era
- The New York Times: The New Progressive Movement