Volume 11, Issue 3, Summer 2001

Up Front

Reflections on European Unification -- Simon Serfaty
Value in Variety -- Harvey B. Feigenbaum
Our Monochrome Values -- Amitai Etzioni


Neutrality, Autonomy, and the Liberal State - Emily R. Gill
If the liberal state cannot and should not be completely neutral, what should determine the limits of its nonneutrality? According to Gill, a liberal polity's nonneutral stance can be justified if it promotes its citizens' capacity for autonomy--that is, their ability to think critically about their goals and desires.

In Response: Maintaining Minimal Commitment - William A. Galston
To Galston, though, Gill's allegiance to autonomy goes much too far.

The Unappreciated Virtue - Alan Wolfe
In America, the Left, the Right, and the millions of Americans in the middle valorize justice, compassion, diligence, and a host of other virtues. But have they all forgotten about forgiveness?

The Culture of Political Avoidance - Nina Eliasoph
Voluntary groups enable citizens to establish and articulate their values, right? Not necessarily. Find out how civic groups can actually stunt civic growth.

Black, White, and Green: A Tale of Integration - Jonathan Eig
Twenty years ago, black and white residents in a Chicago neighborhood were given a financial incentive to live together. Looking at the result, some see a loss of community; others see a model of progress.

Among Friends: An Interracial Dialogue
Addressing issues of racial discrimination, segregation, and identity, the participants defy the notion that honest interracial conversations are impossible.


The Community Bookshelf

Human Nature Fights Back -- Paul Lichterman
Review of Francis Fukuyama's The Great Disruption: Human Nature and the Reconstitution of Social Order

Fear and Loathing in the United States -- Joseph Romance
Review of Garry Wills's A Necessary Evil: A History of American Distrust of Government

Especially Noted

The Community's Pulse

Libertarians, Authoritarians, Communitarians

Community News
Uniting Unlikely Company -- Susan Parker

Commentary -- Richard Dagger, Noah M.J. Pickus

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