I’m really enjoying Bill of Obligations by Richard Haass (link).
In this affordable and easy read, Haass tackles some real questions about the rights-liberties-democracy connection. Centering the role of the citizen in democracy, Haass asks (and answers) questions about how we can promote democracy in a time of intense division.
With his exploration of what it means to be a good citizen, Haass offers a sense of patriotic duty that does far beyond political rhetoric and offers a way to re-center the national narrative on the good of the country. Bringing the dialogue back to JFK’s “ask not” rhetoric, Haass does something politicians don’t do: reminds us that civic responsibility is a cornerstone of democratic freedom.
Not sure if it will work for my class next semester, but if not, it’s certainly on the to use in the future shelf.