The Declaration is a statement of both principle and action. The people are free to exercise their emancipated judgement in their own and collective interest through self-governance. For this to work, citizens must lay a foundation of shared principles and collectively organize the powers of government to promote their safety and happiness.
As an IHS Distinguished Fellow, Allen is no stranger to discussions on the future of liberalism in America. As a facet of the IHS Discourse Initiative, distinguished fellows convene for a series of conversations among scholars from across the ideological spectrum with the goal to respond to illiberal and authoritarian top-down solutions through open dialogue within the academy.