The Debate Rages On
The debate about whether, at this moment in American politics, we should be civil toward government officials rages on.
Liberal-leaning Americans continue to label Republican (and some Democrat) calls for civility as hypocritical, privileged, and flat-out wrong. Republicans (and some Democrats) continue to say it’s inappropriate for those who oppose the Trump administration to call Trump associates out in public spaces, like restaurants.
American Public Square relies on fact-based, civil conversations at our hour-and-a-half-long programs on controversial issues. But is incivility ok—maybe even productive—in response to some public policies? Or does promoting uncivil action lead to further rifts or even violence? And what are we debating right now anyway? How is “civility” in these contexts defined?
This week’s roundup on in/civility:
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