The title of “citizen” has lost much of the simple grandeur it once had. It deserves far better, and as Victor Davis Hanson shows in his learned, powerful, and troubling new book, The Dying Citizen, the steady devolution of citizenship speaks volumes about where we are today and where we seem to be heading.1 In fact, citizenship seems to stand at the very center of it all. The most destabilizing elements of today’s political life—the erosion and displacement of the settled and propertied middle classes by the forces of economic globalization, by ceaseless waves of increasingly unassimilated immigrants, and by...


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