Reclaiming Patriotism

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"This is a major contribution by a leading public intellectual to a central issue of our time. ..."
Wolfgang Streeck, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, author of How Will Capitalism End?

"Drawing on a lifetime of sociological research and decades as a global communitarian leader, Amitai Etzioni boldly takes on the most fundamental political challenge of our time. ..."
William A. Galston, The Brookings Institution

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C-SPAN's BookTV aired the Reclaiming Patriotism book launch party that was hosted by the Elliott School.

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New Organization Invites Public to Pledge Commitment to American Ideals

In a press release on September 18, 2019, acclaimed advocate and academic Amitai Etzioni announced the launch of The Patriotic Movement to encourage people to publicly pledge their commitment to core American ideals.

Check Out the Full Press ReleaseVisit the Patriotic Movement WebsiteEndorse the Movement


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Mask-Wearing Mandate Should Include a Major Public Health Educational Campaign

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When he become[s] president, Joe Biden should use the national emergency powers to require Americans to wear masks.

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How well do the claims of neocolonialism stand up?

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There is a clear and compelling choice: It is not the great upside of Biden, but the great downside of Trump. 

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With term limits, the two political parties would no longer be tempted to resort to all-out war every time a justice leaves the court, as their departures would be mandated and fairly distributed.

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Recent Indian gross violations of the rights of some two hundred million Muslim citizens and Myanmar’s atrocities have receive much less condemnation than Chinese human-rights abuses, and neither country is subject to sanctions.

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The Family and Medical Leave Act, enacted in 1993, created workplace protections and granted twelve weeks of leave to working families—but without pay. It should guarantee twelve weeks of paid family and sick leave.

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September 22, 2020

It was easy to disrupt the world trade system that existed before Donald Trump entered the White House and Covid-19 hit. Now, before the global “village” has a chance to fashion a new system, hopefully after the US elections, academics and policy analysts should deliberate about what such a system might look like.

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The Making of a Peacenik: Amitai Etzioni

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Professor Amitai Etzioni Featured on Two Podcasts!

"Global Ethics Weekly," hosted by Alex Woodson - "China's Changing Role in the Pandemic-Driven World, with Amitai Etzioni & Nikolas Gvosdev"

May 26, 2020

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"Vermont Conversation with David Goodman"

May 20, 2020


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