Patriotism is Progressive


Eric Portrait

Eric Liu is an author, educator, and civic entrepreneur. Eric co-authored The True Patriot with Nick Hanauer, and together the two have created the True Patriot Network to advance the book's ideals of progressive patriotism.  His first book, The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker, was a New York Times Notable Book featured in the PBS documentary “Matters of Race." He is also the author of Guiding Lights: How to Mentor – and Find Life’s Purpose, the Official Book of National Mentoring Month, and is founder of Citizen University, which promotes and teaches the art of great citizenship. His book Imagination First, co-authored with Scott Noppe-Brandon of the Lincoln Center Institute, explores ways to unlock imagination in education, politics, business and the arts. Eric and Nick Hanauer have also co-authored the newly released book The Gardens of Democracy.

Eric served as a White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and later as the President's deputy domestic policy adviser. After the White House, he was an executive at the digital media company RealNetworks. In 2002 he was named one of the World Economic Forum's Global Leaders of Tomorrow. He now lives in Seattle, where he teaches civic leadership at the University of Washington. He is the co-founder of the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility. A regular columnist for and correspondent for, Eric can be found on Twitter @ericpliu.


Nick portrait

Nick Hanauer is a Seattle-based entrepreneur and venture capitalist. His business accomplishments include founding aQuantive, Inc. which was purchased by Microsoft in 2007 (the largest acquisition in Microsoft history), early investment and board advisement to, founding, and key management roles and investments in companies too numerous to list. Nick is actively involved in the Seattle community and Washington State's public education system where he co-founded the League of Education Voters. Nick is co-author of The True Patriot, an acclaimed work that presents a forward-looking, progressive definition of American patriotism. In 2007 he and co-author Eric Liu founded The True Patriot Network to advance the book's ideals. Nick and Eric Liu have also co-authored the recently released book The Gardens of Democracy.



About the True Patriot Network

The True Patriot Network is a network of people.

We aim to connect Americans, who are interested in changing our politics and culture, and bringing them more in line with the progressive patriotic values we've set forth in our book.

We will do so through public events, publishing projects, educational ventures, creative contests, online communities and any other means we—and you—can think of. If you want to be part of this movement and want to help create a wave of change in our civic life, join us!