King's Professors Author Book on Political Reformation
Why republican citizenship matters for liberals and conservatives
NEW YORK, January 24, 2011—“There is something wrong with our politics that elections cannot solve.” From the very beginning, “Keeping Our Republic: Principles for a Political Reformation” maintains that something is missing from the national political sphere that is not about voters or politicians or policies. Instead, Professors David Corbin and Matthew Parks argue, the idea of republican citizenship has withered away.
Republican citizenship—not to be confused with the Republican party—consists of a statecraft and understanding of politics that relies on equality, responsibility, honor, justice, lawfulness, and prudence applied to the politics of our day. The book walks readers through each of these six attributes and details why they are so crucial.
As Corbin and Parks write, “We believe that the revitalization of the American regime depends upon the revitalization of our common ability to tell the republican from the unrepublican as easily as we can distinguish a Democrat from a Republican—and to recognize that the former skill is vastly more important than the latter.”
The authors said they decided to write the book after seeing the results of the 2008 elections. “President Obama had been elected, and Republicans and conservatives were debating how much to surrender given the presumed wisdom that the country had moved into an era of bailouts and stimulus,” they said.
“We thought the best way forward was the way back to our republican roots. Americans needed to get a renewed sensibility as to just what republican governance was and was not. We set out to provide that definition using what amounted to a common sense understanding of politics for both the Founders and Lincoln.”
Dr. Corbin is the Dean of the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, and Dr. Parks is the Assistant Provost of The King’s College—New York City.
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