Phil Agre has a really good new essay up, The Practical Republic: Social Skills and the Progress of Citizenship, about the practical skills needed to sustain and participate in a democratic republic (small d, small r). It's technically a draft, so I'm inhibiting my impulse to quote large chunks; but as usual, I wish my finished papers were as well-written as Phil's drafts. Go read. (Via Phil's happily-revived Red Rock Eater mailing list.)
Update: See also the comments by Adina Levin.
Posted at May 20, 2003 13:03 | permanent link