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Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009
by PopMatters Staff
by Michael Knox Beran
City Journal (Autumn 2009)

“The modern world has withered public space and its virtues… The American version of the struggle between city-state and nation-state dates back to the 1780s, when the Federalists succeeded in putting the national Constitution in place over the objections of the anti-Federalists. There is little doubt that the Federalists were right. Like Arendt, the anti-Federalists, who sought to preserve the politics of the polis, would have been wiser to point not to the political arrangements of the old public spaces but to their cultural excellence.”


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