Writing in the Atlantic, Eric Liu describes a reconception of American citizenship based upon duty (from the grave, the German grandfather of fascism and communism, Immanuel Kant gives him a high five). A former Clinton speechwriter and domestic policy advisor, Liu marries his altruistic welfare statist collectivism to the neoconfederate attack on the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to our Constitution.
This duty based conservatism is a vile and dangerous misconception, as described in the piece.
Look at some of the concretes it supports, and in some cases recently advocated by Democratic legislators, that have been discontinued or opposed as a violation of individual rights in the context of an actual history of such abuses: the military draft, disenfranchisement, compulsory community service, citizenship for an individual varying over time based upon the dictates of the party in power, and citizenship granted as process rights by the state as a reward for political obedience.
This is the kind of idea that could lead to civil war, and in fact it did; see Taney’s opinion in Dred Scott.
While Liu claims some jest in his gauche modest proposal, I see no humor in it and refuse to grant him the fig leaf as some of these violations of individual rights are truly advocated by him and leaders of his party.