Bill of Obligations The Ten Habits of Good Citizens

The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens

By Richard Haass

The United States faces dangerous threats from Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, terrorists, climate change, and future pandemics, but the greatest peril to the country comes not from abroad but from within, from none other than ourselves. The question facing us is whether we are prepared to do what is necessary to save our democracy.


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Book Information

Publisher: Penguin Press
Publish Date: 01/24/2023
Pages: 240
ISBN-13: 9780525560654
ISBN-10: 0525560653
Language: Eng

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Watch the PBS companion documentary "A Citizen's Guide to Preserving Democracy" "An indispensable guide to good citizenship in an era of division and rancor." --Anne Applebaum There is no question that the United States faces dangerous threats from without; the greatest peril to the country, however, comes from within. In The Bill of Obligations, bestselling author Richard Haass argues that, to solve our climate of division and safeguard our democracy, the very idea of citizenship must be revised and expanded. The Bill of Rights is at the center of our Constitution, yet the most intractable conflicts often emerge from cases that, as former Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer pointed out, "are not about right versus wrong. They are about right versus right." There is a way forward: to place obligations on the same footing as rights. The ten obligations that Haass introduces here reenvision what it means to be an American citizen, to commit to our fellow citizens and counter the growing apathy, anger, and violence that threaten us all. Through an expert blend of civics, history, and political analysis, this book illuminates how Americans across the political spectrum can rediscover how to contribute to and reshape this country's future.

About the Author

Dr. Richard Haass is president of the nonpartisan Council on Foreign Relations. An experienced diplomat and policymaker, he served in the Pentagon, State Department, and White House under four presidents, Democrat and Republican alike.

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