In his 2010 article, “The Path Not Taken So Far,” Levine laments the fact that while much of Obama's election campaign was based on the premise of “reclaiming the meaning of citizenship” and “restoring our sense of common purpose,” neither he, nor any other politician, has made great strides to implement concrete ideas for civic empowerment. Levine argues that tripling the size of AmeriCorps and focusing on service programs does not necessarily build civic skills, and believes that civic empowerment needs to be integrated into issues such as healthcare and climate change rather than standing separately from the most pressing issues today. Levine's article gives us the opportunity to imagine a future where civic empowerment is a priority and to discuss the challenges that our society faces when it is not, reflecting on the role that service plays in creating a successful future.
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