The social concourse is essentially a matter of one citizen polishing another; polishing, that is, not only so that rough spots and edges may be removed, but also so that one may begin to reflect another in the common social project of public life.

Common sense is a myth of asymmetrical power disguised as the obvious. There is no such thing, except in the minds of people who don’t want to change the way they look at the world.

I don’t accept the suggestion that corporations will end up serving the public good voluntarily. The argument that they can deliver services more efficiently must be assessed in terms of accountability, inclusiveness and equity.

Civility is the enabling condition of a larger debate about the world we want.

Critical reflection on the possibilities of political life is one of the highest duties of the citizen.

It is time for us to rethink the idea of citizenship, to reconceive the structures of political commitment and membership against the background of our shape-shifting world.

Utopias do not exist, that is their function.

When it comes to the jerk within, eternal vigilance is the price of civility.

Citizenship if it means anything means making our demands for justice active. It is not something we can do alone.