Passive Citizenship is Not Enough

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History Departments at The Ohio State University and Miami University


Andrew J. Bacevich, Boston University professor and frequent critic of the war in Iraq, has startled his many readers by saying that “the will of the people” has no meaningful role in American politics. Following the death of Andrew Bacevich, Jr., in that war on Mother’s Day, Professor Bacevich claims that while his son did his best to serve the country, his own books, articles, and op-ed pieces accomplished nothing. Yet his declaration denies the real value of the insightful protest that he has worked so hard to foster.