In large, modern societies, then, we should make the most of "partial societies" by encouraging the development of a vital civil society--a sphere of life that promotes freedom through private activity and the voluntary associations that serve as a buffer between individuals and the state. Indeed, the question is not whether civil society is a prerequisite for a good society, but what form it should take. With this in mind, I want to offer three observations about the proper form of civil society.

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Summer 1993

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Copyright © 1993, Penn State University Press. This article first appeared in PEGS: The Newsletter of the Committee on the Political Economy of the Good Society: 3:2 (1993), 11-12.

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