New Common Ground : A New America, a New World

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  • Copyright: 2009-06-30
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
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Race, age, political affiliation, country of origin, native language'”too often Americans define themselves, and are defined, by the differences that separate them. But if the 2008 presidential campaign has taught us anything, it is that we as a people want to look beyond these divisions to the values and interests that unite us. New Common Groundembodies this zeitgeist, showing the ways that traditional boundaries among ethnic groups, political ideologies, and generations are blurring, and how to hasten the process. New Common Grounddemonstrates that even though the deepest divide in America is said to be racial, the differences in viewpoints and values among races are declining, even in an age of increased intermarriage. On immigration and other controversial matters, Etzioni argues for diversity within unity and the means to achieve that necessary end. New Common Groundis a provocative and insightful look into how we as Americans can reach consensus not just in spite of our diversity but also in ways that strengthen our commitment to the good of one and all as we seek to overcome the divisiveness that sometimes results from identity politics. The book closes by looking beyond our shores to the bridges that bring America closer to the rest of the world.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
American Bridges
No Intergenerational Conflictp. 3
To End Race in Americap. 17
The Fair Societyp. 36
Part 1p. 51
Citizenship Tests as a Means of Immigration Controlp. 64
Should Israel Be a Jewish State?p. 82
Toward a Progressive Approach to Homeland Protectionp. 85
The Denial of Virtuep. 113
Transational Common Grounds
European Union: Closing the Community Deficitp. 135
Sovereignty as Responsibilityp. 153
A Global, Community-Building Language?p. 181
Partners in Peacep. 205
The Normativity of Human Rights Is Self-Evidentp. 216
Appendix: The Responsive Communitarian Platformp. 229
Alsop. 244
Indexp. 245
About the Authorp. 255
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