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Compulsory civic service? The debate continues

By Leo Hornak  

Civic service: does our country need it?

The Prospect postbag continues to groan under the weight of correspondence provoked by Frank Field and James Crabtree’s essay calling for compulsory civic service for  young people in Britain.

Some of the most notable responses are now free to read in a web exclusive on the main Prospect site, including an interesting reply from communitarian theorist Amitai Etzioni, author of The Spirit of Community. Etzioni argues strongly that civic service can only succeed if a…

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