Bookshop Santa Cruz is teaming up with Santa Cruz Indivisible to support their year-long Citizenship 2.0 program. Over the course of many months, they will be using Robert Reich’s book, The Common Good, (as well as further suggested reading mentioned in the book) to explore various topics related to citizenship. (Citizenship in this context applies to all members of society, not just individuals considered legal residents.) Join Santa Cruz Indivisble at the Santa Cruz Police Department Community Room, 155 Center Street, on Thursday, April 18th, at 7:00 pm. Register for this free event at Eventbrite.
“The Common Good consists of our shared values about what we owe one another as citizens who are bound together in the same society-the norms we voluntarily abide by, and the ideals we seek to achieve.” Robert Reich, The Common Good
For several thousand years philosophers, political theorists, and individuals have grappled with the question of what it means to be a citizen*. What obligations do citizens have to one another and to the common good? What is the common good and who gets to participate in deciding what it is? What is a just society? What type of government works best and when does a government become illegitimate? What is power and who should wield it? The answers to these questions have varied according to where and when they were asked, and the answers have shaped the experience of the individuals impacted by the responses.
Santa Cruz Indivisible is committed to helping create a space where these questions can be explored and where we all can have a voice in answering them. If as Aristotle believed, humans are political beings, then we are our most human when engaging with one another exploring questions about the common good and our role as citizens within society.
*Citizenship in this context applies to all members of society, not just individuals considered legal residents.
Over the course of many months, we will be using Robert Reich's book The Common Good as our basis, and exploring various topics and suggested reading mentioned in the book as well.
Our first meeting will have a larger crowd and from there we are hoping to create smaller groups. If you are interested in hosting a smaller group, let firstname.lastname@example.org know!
Total reading list:
April: The Common Good by Robert Reich
May: The Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights, and The Constitution of the United States
June: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
July: The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
August: The Soul of America by Jon Meacham
September: Democracy’s Discontent by Michael Sandel
October: State of Water by Obi Kaufmann
November: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
December: Ethics for the New Millennium by the Dalai Lama
Additional reading: Princeton Readings in Political Thought, Mitchell Cohen and Nicole Fermon, Editors
Please see Robert Reich’s recommended reading list at the back of The Common Good.