Civility in Public and Private Discourse

A distressing proportion of political talk in 2017 includes name-calling, hateful rhetoric, and a complete refusal to listen to or think about the interests, needs, or beliefs of “the other side.”  As our partisan divide grows ever-deeper, advocates on both sides are simultaneously pleading for civility and going for the kill


Disputants can be categorized as inactive or active. Active disputants (more commonly called “activists” or “advocates”) are people with a cause who are actively pursuing that cause through nonviolent — or even sometimes violent — “direct action.” 

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