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DLC | Blueprint Magazine | November 20, 2003 | 
Civic Togetherness
By Marc Magee
A review of "Better Together: Restoring the American Community," by Robert D. Putnam and Lewis M. Feldstein.

PPI | Policy Report | August 3, 1995 | 
From Preferences to Empowerment
By Will Marshall
The search for a third way on affirmative action starts by reaffirming the basic tenets of U.S. liberalism: that civil rights inhere in individuals, not in classes or groups; that all citizens are entitled to no more or less than the equal protection of the laws; and that government has a responsibility to promote equality as Americans have traditionally understood it as equality of opportunity rather than equality of result.

PPI | Briefing | January 1, 1993 | 
In Defense of Civic Culture
By Jim Sleeper
The promise of a multicultural America must be defended against the new "identity politics" propounded by activists and institutionalized by bureaucracies on campuses, in government offices, and in private corporations.

DLC | New Dem Daily | April 4, 2020
Idea of the Week: Citizenship for "Green-Card Troops"
Part of the unofficial story of the war in Iraq has been the remarkable diversity of the U.S. armed forces deployed there. And the story within that story has been the extraordinary contribution to the war effort by "green-card troops" -- legal immigrants who are not yet U.S. citizens.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 12, 2020
Etzioni's Latest
By Fred Siegel
A review of "Next: The Road to the Good Society" and "The Monocrome Society" by Amitai Etzioni.

DLC | New Dem Daily | June 18, 2020
Hip-Hopping Toward Responsibility
Despite a lot of the angry posturing by rappers about alleged censorship, last week's Hip Hop Summit in New York represented an important step towards decency.

DLC | New Dem Daily | April 23, 2020
Whistling Dixie
It's clear many voters in Mississippi rejected changing their flag because they perceived it as an economically-motivated imposition by outsiders threatening a boycott of the state -- and as an effort to suppress the history of both the state and the region. We think southerners should junk Confederate symbolism in their official emblems not as a response to duress, but for their own good reasons. Here are three....

DLC | New Dem Daily | January 15, 2021
A Hero for All Americans
On the occasion of the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday, we think it's important to remember why this man is a national hero, not just for the African Americans whose struggle for equal rights he embodied, but for every citizen.

DLC | New Dem Daily | June 30, 2020
Idea of the Week: Civic Education
The signers of the Declaration of Independence could scarcely have envisioned the current power, prosperity, and global influence of the nation they created--or the extent to which their words and values still inspire people around the world struggling towards democracy. But they might have been equally, and less happily, surprised by the lackluster involvement today of Americans themselves in political and civic life.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 1, 2020
The Jane Addams School for Democracy
By Harry C. Boyte and Jennifer O'Donoghue
As we begin the next century, the nation needs contemporary versions of older "mediating institutions" that once tied waves of immigrants to American democracy -- tapping into their rich cultural traditions and releasing their potential to help build the nation.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 1, 2020
An Exceptional Nation
By Seymour Martin Lipset
As in Tocqueville's day, America is more anti-statist, egalitarian, and moralistic than other nations.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 1, 2020
Civic Deregulation
By Alan Wolfe
If government can't pick winners over losers, can we trust it to pick right over wrong.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 1, 2020
Education for Democracy
By Charles N. Quigley
A plan to require civics and service to build tomorrow's citizens

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 1, 2020
The Rule of Reciprocity
By Will Marshall
We applied the rule to welfare. Now we should extend it to programs affecting everyone. Now that will subvert politics-as-usual in Washington

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 1, 2020
What's Fair?
By Daniel Yankelovich
The meaning of fairness has changed. Now it's: no more something for nothing.

DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 1, 2020
Where We Stand
By William A. Galston
In a time when powerful forces are changing the nation, Americans must adapt our civic life for a new era.

DLC | Poll | April 1, 2020
The Community Consensus
By Mark J. Penn
A remarkable consensus has developed in the nation on the importance of civic life, on the responsibility of citizens to contribute to the community, on the need for government action to take new forms, and on the demand that opportunities must come with obligations.

DLC | The New Democrat | January 1, 2021
Certifiably American?
By Harry C. Boyte and Nancy N. Kari
The citizenship test symbolizes fundamental problems besetting our democracy.

DLC | The New Democrat | January 1, 2021
Black & White And Read All Over
By Carol M.Swain
A new history of race in America provokes intense reactions.

DLC | DLC Update | July 17, 2020
Affirmative Action: Seeking a Third Way
President Clinton is set to make a major speech on affirmative action Wednesday. No matter what the President says, one thing is certain: The shouting match between the left and the right over affirmative action will grow louder. And therein lies an opportunity for New Democrats.

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