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Excellent overview of basic issues of citizenship and participatory democracy in the light of American revolutionary history and the Constitution. Highly recommended reading for any would-be or budding left-liberal.While not taking a Beardian economics angle on the creation of the constitution, Wolin does note that its most specifically "republican" features are arguably its most anti-democratic, and not by accident. He goes on to a thorough analysis of The Federalist, Hobbes, Locke and other em...
Wolin's essay on Birthright is seminal. His analysis of the difference between contractual and transformational relationships in the political arena is very important. Our current practice of 'marketing' politics not only reduces citizenship to a passive state, it robs us of the power to act on our work behalf. Citizenship is not longer a value, preferences replace dialogue and negotiation.