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July 20, 2010

A Nation of Spectators

In 1998, the National Commission on Civic Renewal issued its final report entitled A Nation of Spectators. (I was the deputy director of the Commission; Bill Galston was the director.) It had a website: static and simple by today's standards, but fully capable of presenting the report and some important ancillary information. The website lost its server as the years passed, and I did not keep a PDF of the report--although I do have a stack of very nice bound printed copies in my office. A Nation of Spectators had an influence on the civic engagement field. People periodically ask for it, and today I discovered it online thanks to the wonders of the Wayback Machine (an archive of the World Wide Web).

So here is the website of the National Commission and an html copy of A Nation of Spectators. The graphics and formatting have been lost because of the way the server was reorganized, but the content remains. The authors were:


William J. Bennett

Senator Sam Nunn


Elaine L. Chao
The Heritage Foundation

John F. Cooke
Walt Disney Company

Jean Bethke Elshtain
University of Chicago

Henry J. Fernandez
Yale Law School

Mary Ann Glendon
Harvard Law School

Peter C. Goldmark, Jr.
International Herald Tribune

Lloyd V. Hackley
Character Counts! Coalition

Anna Faith Jones
Boston Foundation

Michael S. Joyce
Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation

Richard D. Land
Southern Baptist Convention

Edwin Lupberger
Entergy Corp

Michael Novak
American Enterprise Institute

Barbara Roberts
Harvard University

Ismar Schorsch
Jewish Theological Seminary

William Shore
Share Our Strength

Arthur R. Taylor
Muhlenberg College

Gail L. Warden
Henry Ford Health System

Robert L. Woodson, Sr.
National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise

July 20, 2010 12:53 PM | category: none



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