INTRODUCTION A New Year’s Resolution

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has. —MARGARET MEAD

AS INDIVIDUALS, WE ARE NOT QUITE SATISFIED with ourselves most of the time. We are keenly aware of our shortcomings and try to make resolutions to correct them. Whether it is to lose weight, quit smoking, or address some other personal issue, we know we will fail unless we work hard to achieve our goals, stay focused, and remain committed to success for however long it takes to materialize.

As a nation, we have had a similar process. Throughout history, various constituencies that were not content with the status quo have coalesced to create political movements to ...

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