Volume 7, Issue 2, Spring 1997

Up Front

Cloning: Taking Ethics Seriously
Peter Steinfels

Can Multiculturalism Unite Us?
Paul Jerome Croce

Giving Teachers Authority
Albert Shanker

Essays

Public/Private: The Limitations of a Grand Dichotomy
Jeff Weintraub
While notions of "public" and "private" are crucial to our understandings of democracy and community, their meanings are far from well-understood.

Can Design Make Community?
Philip Langdon
Relationships and values are the defining elements of community. But a new breed of architects are showing that by paying attention to the physical layout of a neighborhood, bonds, shared understandings, and other elements of community can be fostered.

Social Security and the Dividing of the American Community
Jeff Madrick
In revamping the Social Security system, we must respond to two questions: What is the extent of the problem, and what impact will different solutions have on our national commitment to the common good?

Concealed Handguns: The Counterfeit Deterrent
Franklin Zimring and Gordon Hawkins
We frequently face the pronouncement of new empirical studies on one issue or another. But an analysis of one recent study shows why the public must be on its guard in face of what purports to be objective social science.

The Community Bookshelf

Liberal Neutrality and Its Role in American Political Life
Daniel A. Bell

The Use and Abuse of History
Mark Hulliung

Two reviews of Michael Sandel's Democracy's Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy

Commentary

Philip E. Devine
Arnold R. Eiser

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