Polis & Agora is a space for occasional short writing about politics and the public sphere. It stems from a long interest in the form and failures of public discourse in American life. One underlying premise that informs all of the pieces assembled here is the principle that a democratic republic functions best when its citizens can engage the political sphere by way of an open and thriving public discourse. A constant goal of my explorations in political theory and practice, then, is to to find solutions to the problems that hinder public discourse in American life. Some of the critical influences on my thinking thus far have been Hannah Arendt, Isaiah Berlin, Guglielmo Ferrero and Giambattista Vico.