Category Archives: Civility in Politics

What does ‘Civility’ mean?

In his TheAtlantic.com blog, James Fallows quotes a reader’s query: Everyone seems to say, “we need to be more civil!” without actually putting forward positive advice on what constitutes responsible vs. irresponsible speech. … I would love to see a … Continue reading

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Civility loses an advocate

The Civility Project, led by R. Mark DeMoss, a conservative evangelical Christian Republican and Lanny Davis, a liberal Jewish Democrat, was built on a Civility Pledge— I will be civil in my public discourse and behavior. I will be respectful of … Continue reading

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Frank Rich no fan of No Labels

The title of Frank Rich’s Sunday New York Times column, “The Bipartisanship Racket,” gives the game away. According to Rich, In its patronizing desire to instruct us on what is wrong with our politics, No Labels ends up being a … Continue reading

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Time’s nice guy of the year

Today’s Austin American-Statesman carries a column by regular contributor John Young inspired by the designation of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as Time’s “Person of the Year.” What’s so odd about the choice is that he seems like a genuinely nice guy. … Continue reading

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David Brooks on clusters and networks

One of the speakers at the No Labels kickoff was David Brooks, who is well known as a center-right New York Times columnist. His December 9 column (reprinted in today’s Austin American-Statesman) reinforces his centrist credentials. In explaining why the Bush tax cut compromise … Continue reading

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NoLabels.org takes off

NoLabels.org was launched today, with speeches by politicos and pundits ranging from the near left to the near right. A column by Matt de Long in the Washington Post offers a splash of cold water: No Labels is the latest … Continue reading

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McKinnon a founder of No Labels

From an Orlando Sentinel column by Kathleen Parker: Next month, a new political group, No Labels (www.nolabels.org), will launch in New York City. Led by Republican strategist Mark McKinnon and Democratic fundraiser Nancy Jacobson, the organization has raised more than … Continue reading

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NEH Chair Jim Leach Calls for Civility in Politics

Washington Post pundit E.J. Dionne devoted a November 2009 column to a speech by former congressman Jim Leach: Leach lost his Iowa seat in the 2006 Democratic tide, but he emerged relieved rather than bitter. He turned to academia, not … Continue reading

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League of Women Voters Supports DISCLOSE Act

In a November 3 press release, the League of Women Voters expresses dismay at the anonymous money and uncivil tone that afflicted the 2010 elections. “The impact of election 2010 goes far deeper than which party controls the House or … Continue reading

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CPM Conv. Frances Moore Lappé’s keynote

I thought that I would share my notes from Frances Moore Lappé’s keynote address at the 2010 CPM Convention.  I hope to post notes from workshops that I attended also so stay tuned.  Lappé’s talk was about the Spiral of Powerlessness. … Continue reading

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