The Good Citizen Project:
- A native or naturalized member of a state or nation who owes allegiance to its government and is entitled to its protection.
On January 10, 2017, President Obama stated in his farewell speech that the “beating heart of our American idea…[is] the insistence that these rights, while self-evident, have never been self-executing; that We, the People, through the instrument of our democracy, can form a more perfect union.” We believe that the call to citizenship requires more than the passive consent of the governed, but rather that all citizens should strive toward that more perfect union by exercising their voices and their votes. At The Good Citizen Project, we firmly believe in the reciprocal relationship between the individual citizen and the government of the United States: we as citizens owe allegiance to the United States, while being entitled to its protection.
The Good Citizen Project seeks to facilitate dialogue on the following questions: what tools do we need to be thoughtful, engaged, and moral participants in American civil society? What can we do to contribute positively to the public conversation? How can we promote unity in a polarized public sphere? How do we remain hopeful while rejecting naiveté? How can we be allies and accomplices to traditionally-marginalized groups?
We will be drawing from a wide variety of literature–political, social, activist, philosophical and spiritual—to open this conversation, by reading and discussing books.
Think of it as a post-election book review.
The authors are from a not-so-small town in the South. Their family has both conservative and liberal members—all of whom share a love of education, art, and poetry; a deep faith; and a commitment to public service. As a result, they grew up surrounded by books and interesting conversation. They were encouraged to write and read and speak their minds.