The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas

Political Discussion Group: Citizenship in the Community

Mon, October 15, 2018 | WAG 403B

5:00 PM

One of the fiercest political debates in recent years is over the definition of citizenship.  On one side, emphasizing global citizenship, is the faltering world order of multi-nationalism, free trade, increasing integration, and climate accords.  On the other side, embracing national citizenship as the ideal, is Trump, Brexit, euro-skeptic parties, and the alt-right.  
 
Completely left out of this debate is the role of citizenship in the community.  In this meeting we will discuss: What does it mean to be a citizen of a particular city or town?  What rights or duties does this or should this entail?  Does it even make sense to have community politics in this interconnected, centralized, and complicated world?  Has political centralization gone too far?  
 
There is no reading for this discussion.  Please use the time instead to research the candidates in your district in the upcoming election.

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