Civility Linkblogging: Pushing on the Limits of Civility

Civility Linkblogging: Pushing on the Limits of Civility

Civility Linkblogging is an ongoing series that highlights discourse about civility from around the Web. We glean the links in this segment from as broad a cross-section as we can manage of blogs, newspapers, magazines, and other online venues, from the United States and around the world. This installment offers two compelling arguments that the…

Civility Linkblogging: Tom Ridge, Rick Scott, and Convicted Civility

Civility Linkblogging: Tom Ridge, Rick Scott, and Convicted Civility

Civility Linkblogging is an ongoing series that highlights discourse about civility from around the Web. We glean the links in this segment from as broad a cross-section as we can manage of blogs, newspapers, magazines, and other online venues, from the United States and around the world. This installment is largely eclectic. It features former…

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and David Brooks on the Dangers of Single Storyism

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and David Brooks on the Dangers of Single Storyism

New York Times columnist David Brooks offered his readers a gift, recently, when he pointed out a 2009 TED Talk by Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie called “The Danger of a Single Story.” In that talk, Adichie discusses globalization, colonialism, and the mutual cross-cultural misperceptions brought about – as Brooks puts it – by what…

Point Taken from PBS Offers Debate with a Side of Civility

Point Taken from PBS Offers Debate with a Side of Civility

Television reviews are not usually within our purview. But this month, happily, something interesting is happening in public broadcasting that invites some civility discussion. PBS, together with Boston’s WGBH, have premiered a new show called Point Taken that’s a version of a panel debate. But far from the Crossfires of the world, this debate isn’t…

Civility in Nebraska’s Effort to Reform Redistricting

Civility in Nebraska’s Effort to Reform Redistricting

Because the national press hasn’t picked it up, you may not have heard the story. But there’s some very interesting civility news going on right now in the state of Nebraska. On Wednesday, Nebraska’s legislature passed a bill that would reform the state’s redistricting process, taking it largely out of the hands of the legislators…

Civility Linkblogging: Faith Leaders and Civil Politics

Civility Linkblogging: Faith Leaders and Civil Politics

Civility Linkblogging is an ongoing series that highlights discourse about civility from around the Web. We glean the links in this segment from as broad a cross-section as we can manage of blogs, newspapers, magazines, and other online venues, from the United States and around the world. This month brings us a selection of (mostly)…

Reflecting on Civility on Our Eighteenth Anniversary

Reflecting on Civility on Our Eighteenth Anniversary

On April Fool’s Day of 1998, we launched the Institute for Civility in Government by walking the halls of Congress and introducing ourselves and the newly-formed organization we had been planning since the previous fall. We were met with laughter, puzzlement, bemusement, confusion, politeness, and in some offices – real interest. While some people who…

Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland’s Pattern of Civility

Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland’s Pattern of Civility

The Institute does not endorse candidates or policies, and it certainly doesn’t endorse nominees for judicial appointments. But from time to time, as we read the news, we’ll see something from a public figure – or about a public figure – that’s profoundly heartening. It has happened over the past several months with both Bernie…

Anaheim, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Problem of Escalating Violence

This past weekend has, once again, provided a sad example of the urgent need for civility – not as a means of policy negotiation or a form of politeness, but as an antidote to hatred and violence. This is what happened: last Saturday, at Pearson Park in Anaheim, California, members of the Ku Klux Klan…