New York Times columnist David Brooks recently called for the establishment of an American national service program. His view is prompted by the influential new book from Charles Murray, Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010.
Brooks, along with many others, believes that a well conceived, well implemented service requirement could help unite various segments of the nation through the solidarity of a shared formative experience.
In 1989, I proposed an initiative, “Citizen Service.” It was presented in an article, originally appearing in Policy Review. It has several distinctive facets, including the linkage of citizenship privileges and non-need-based subsidies with service.
Every significant aspect of the Citizen Service proposal is, arguably, even more relevant today than when it first appeared.
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