Twenty years ago today…

It was twenty years ago today that….  How do you finish that sentence?  There are plenty obvious ways: …that the wall came down. …that the Cold War ended. …that Communism failed. …that capitalism (or was it democracy?  or are these even interchangeable?) triumphed. blah blah blah Okay, it was some of all of that, though… Continue reading Twenty years ago today…

Civil Society, or the Public Sphere?

I am ready to come clean with my worry about these two terms, “civil society” and “the public sphere.”  My political theorists friends (trained in political science departments) act and talk as if the difference between the two is patently obvious.  I just nod, a bit hesitant to admit that I don’t quite get it.… Continue reading Civil Society, or the Public Sphere?