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Readers, what does it mean to be a good US citizen?

A new book by Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations argues true citizenship necessarily entails some obligations and effort.


A ‘national divorce’? Is there no middle ground, or common ground?

Our current problem is not disagreement — that’s what all politics is about — but rather the dysfunctions of our political institutions.


Crazy rich autocracies: What are they doing better than democracies?

Some authoritarian regimes have figured out open economies, social safety nets, and how to make their people feel more happy and secure. It’s time to pay attention to what they do well.


Will a new census proposal bring needed visibility — or racialized blowback?

It would give better visibility to populations long ignored or mischaracterized in federal demographics data. It would also decrease the white population count at a time when the backlash against the racial justice movement is particularly palpable.


When it comes to Twitter, Supreme Court is tying itself into knots

The court buys time on challenges to laws in Texas and Florida seeking to impose state-level control over Twitter’s content moderation practices. But the court can’t avoid this issue forever.


Open the State House — and legislators’ votes and committee proceedings

An ongoing struggle is getting the Massachusetts Legislature to operate in a fully democratic fashion.


We need to preserve American democracy. Here’s how to do it.

Americans need to understand what is required of them — their obligations to one another and to their country. Indeed, the very idea of citizenship needs to be reimagined so that obligations and rights are placed on an equal footing.


The case for term limits is not as strong as some might think

Most readers contest the argument that the case for term limits is as strong as ever. "It’s been said that we already have term limits," writes one. "They’re called elections. What we need is better, fairer elections."