Eric Liu – Talk of citizenship today is…

Talk of citizenship today is often thin and tinny. The word has a faintly old…


“Talk of citizenship today is often thin and tinny. The word has a faintly old-fashioned feel to it when used in everyday conversation. When evoked in national politics, it’s usually accompanied by the shrill whine of a descending culture-war mortar.”
-Eric Liu

Eric Liu – Have you ever watched someone…

Have you ever watched someone become American? Last week, at a national citizenship conference I…


“Have you ever watched someone become American? Last week, at a national citizenship conference I organize, thirty immigrants from 17 countries swore an oath and became citizens of the United States. It was a stirring experience for the hundreds of people in the room.”
-Eric Liu

Eric Liu – Here’s a proposal, offered only…

Here’s a proposal, offered only partly in jest: no resident of the United States, whether…


“Here’s a proposal, offered only partly in jest: no resident of the United States, whether born here or abroad, should get to be a citizen until age 18, at which time each such resident has to take a test.”
-Eric Liu

Eric Liu – We tend to think of…

We tend to think of politics as bad, full of dirty tricks, negative ads, big…


“We tend to think of politics as bad, full of dirty tricks, negative ads, big campaigns, but I am here to explore the original meaning of politics, which is positive and has to do with balancing competing interests and looking for solutions.”
-Eric Liu

Eric Liu – You cannot mistake Bush’s clarity…

You cannot mistake Bush’s clarity of purpose. He believes in a story about freedom and…


“You cannot mistake Bush’s clarity of purpose. He believes in a story about freedom and opportunity that makes his followers feel like they aren’t just ticking their days down but are part of something larger than themselves.”
-Eric Liu