Spencer Cox and Civility

At The Deseret News, Katie McKellar reports on Utah Governor Spencer Cox: The Republican governor has been vocal about the need for more civility in today’s political landscape — even before he was sworn in as governor in January 2021. During the 2020 election, when...

Civility and Decency

David French writes that “civility and decency aren’t incompatible with `taking sides.’ It doesn’t require anyone to whither in the face of angry opposition. Kindness doesn’t conflict with conviction, and our commitments to kindness are biblically...

Civility Saved Lives in Australia

One million Americans have now died of COVID.  Australia’s death rate is only one-tenth as great.   Damien Cave at NYT: In global surveys, Australians were more likely than Americans to agree that “most people can be trusted” — a major factor, researchers found,...

The Scorn Problem

Tish Harrison Warren at NYT: Our tendency to adopt polarizing and moralistic patterns of speech is turbo-boosted by a social media architecture that encourages animosity toward outgroups.  But this hatred toward our opponents and the accompanying habit of moralism is...

Remembering Orrin Hatch

At The Salt Lake Tribune, Brian Maffly reports on Orrin Hatch’s funeral: “Because of his deep-seated faith and belief in the goodness of humankind, he always reached out to those in need, whether they be powerful and wealthy or downtrodden and tempest-tossed. He...