Madison on Civil Debate

Federalist 37: It is a misfortune, inseparable from human affairs, that public measures are rarely investigated with that spirit of moderation which is essential to a just estimate of their real tendency to advance or obstruct the public good; and that this spirit is...

Templeton Prize Address by Dr. Francis Collins

Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, Templeton Prize Address, September 24, 2020: Of all the developments that cause me concern over the past few years, none is greater than the growing disregard of maintaining a high standard of...

John Wesley on Political Civility

John Wesley, October 6, 1774 I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them 1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy 2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against, and 3. To take care their...

Ginsburg and Scalia

 At Fox, Christopher Scalia recalls his father’s friendship with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday. Judge Jeffrey Sutton, one of my father’s former clerks, tells a story about visiting my father at the Supreme Court on what happened to be Justice...

Civility and Law Enforcement

Daniel Nagin and Tarrick McGuire at The Washington Post: Current events in Kenosha, Wisc., exemplify the challenges confronting police departments. They must navigate the challenges of budget cuts due to the covid-19 pandemic as they work to restore and build trust in...

Incivility in Sacramento

George Skelton at the Los Angeles Times: Legislators are reflective of the people who elect them — not just in ideology but in behavior. That’s the way it was set up and it works — for better or worse. When people communicate through technology rather than in person,...