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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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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