Civility, Civilization, Citizenship

Brad Miner at National Review: Civility, civilization, civic, civil — all these words have their root in the Latin civis, citizen. The grandest of these, civilization, which stands for the collective refinements of a society, means, in essence, “life in the city” —...

Courage and Self-Love

  In Profiles in Courage, JFK wrote: [W]hat then caused the statesmen mentioned in the preceding pages to act as they did? It was not because they “loved the public better than themselves.” On the contrary it was precisely because they did love themselves...

“Aren’t You Embarrassed?”

Bryan Schott and Tony Semerad at The Salt Lake Tribune: Sen. Mitt Romney was lustily booed by the more than 2,100 Republican delegates who packed into the Maverik Center on Saturday for the party’s state convention.   “Aren’t you embarrassed?” said Romney trying...

Search for Common Ground

Kristen DelGuzzi at USA Today: More than a year ago  — before the pandemic, before two presidential impeachments, before the most divisive election in a generation, before the Capitol attack — we surveyed Americans about their thoughts on the lack of civility and...

Restoring Civil Debate

John Halpin at The Liberal Patriot: Is there any way for citizens to restore effective and non-maddening political debate? It won’t be easy to reverse these trends given the ideological and partisan takeover of most institutions. But here are a few ideas:...