I have an announcement to make. After considerable thought, I have decided to turn Public Sphere into a paid newsletter. Before I launch into details, I'd like to take a moment to -- THANK YOU FOR SUBSCRIBING. There is a ton of excellent competition in the newsletter space, and I am grateful to each and every one of you for making this newsletter a part of your reading diet. I have written 21 issues of this newsletter, and I plan to do many, many, more. I understand that not everyone will opt for a paid subscription, but I wanted to thank you all.