Patriotism is Progressive



Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer discuss their book, The True Patriot, and the progressive movement surrounding it.

Welcome to The True Patriot Network

At The True Patriot Network, our contention is that when you unpack true American patriotism — the idea of country before self — what you discover is a moral framework that goes back to this nation's founding, and that is inherently progressive. Living by such principles as service, stewardship, tolerance, and equality of opportunity, true patriots show that devotion to this nation means working to help America reach its exceptional potential and promise.

Whatever your party, faction, or faith, we hope you will agree that we owe our country and the next generation a more purposeful politics. We invite you to read our book, The True Patriot, and continue the discussion.

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In an effort to inspire thought and conversation across America, The True Patriot Network has run a series of ads in politically focused periodicals that lean both left and right. To see an ad, click a thumbnail above.


Income Inequality

One of our projects is to develop compelling ways to speak to the American public about the income inequality crisis in our country. We are working with activists, academics, average citizens and invite you to join us.

Learn more:

Read what fellow voters are saying:

The Disappearing Middle Class

Join the conversation on our Facebook page:

The Inequality Initiative

What can you do?

Many readers of The True Patriot have asked us, "What next?"  They're inspired by the ideas in the book but don't know how to take that inspiration and turn it into action. In response, we've put together a list of ways that you can engage in true patriotism.


Audiobook Is Here!

Now you can listen to authors Nick Hanauer and Eric Liu read The True Patriot. This audio recording is a new way to discover and explore the core American values that define true patriotism. Listen now.

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Praise for The True Patriot

"Every once a while a book comes along that meets its moment. The True Patriot is just such a work. Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer's eloquent, inspirational pamphlet reminds us of the revolutionary vision of the original pamphleteers and calls us to rededicate ourselves to advancing that revolution today. Their "true patriotism" is a patriotism not of thumping our chest, but of getting to work; a patriotism not just of a Fourth of July parade, but of the inherently progressive ideals we venerate when we put our hands to our heart as the parade marches by."
ANDREI CHERNY, editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, author of The Next Deal and The Candy Bombers