Deliberation and Transparency

Yuval Levin at AEI: Members consequently use their positions to build personal brands and to excite fans and followers. But these trends have been greatly exacerbated by a further transformation that does not get enough attention: the loss of protected spaces...

Reviving Oxford Debates on Capitol Hill

On February 5, Norman Ornstein testified before the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress: Mr. Chairman, members of the committee, I want to offer some ideas for improving the way the House debates and deliberates, based on my five decades of observing...

Hearing on Deliberative Process

ARTICLE ONE: FOSTERING A MORE DELIBERATIVE PROCESS IN CONGRESS Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 – 2:00pm Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 Article One: Fostering a More Deliberative Process in Congress Witnesses Dr. James M. Curry...

Listening

Astra Taylor at The New Yorker: The idea that the right to listen to one another should be defended in a democracy seems strange. That’s probably because we lack a shared vocabulary or framework for understanding listening as a political act. We pay lip service to the...

Debate, Deliberation, and Audiences

Joel Fox at Fox and Hounds: Listening to the raucous audience frequently interfering at last night’s Los Angeles District Attorney election debate rekindled a question I’ve thought about before– why are audiences permitted at major political debates—including...

Civil Discourse

Carolyn Lukensmeyer at MSN: With the right opportunities, Americans engage and hash out their political differences in respectful ways. Over the last seven years, the National Institute for Civil Discourse has held training sessions and forums, interacting with nearly...