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Category Archives: Civility in Politics
The Annette Strauss Institute For Civil Life at UT-Austin compiled research into a two-page graphic on Civility and US Political Discourse for the June 22 Texas Lyceum meeting, “Is Civility Lost? When Did Compromise Become a Dirty Word? Finding Common Ground … Continue reading
The Common Ground for Texans January 2017 event took place in the form of a moderated panel discussion with Mike Ignatowski as moderator. The panel was titled “Restoring Civil Discourse After the 2016 Presidential Campaign”. The three-member panel consisted of … Continue reading
An organization which shares much of Common Ground’s philosophy and methodology is Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL). Compare these phrases from Common Ground’s Who We Are: We create respectful settings for transpartisan discussion and cultivate relationships … with CCL’s methodology: By focusing on shared … Continue reading
That’s the title of an insightful article by Jonathan Rauch in the July/August 2016 issue of The Atlantic. Mr. Rauch contends that a leading cause of the dysfunction of American politics and government is the well-intended reforms that dismantled much of the informal machinery … Continue reading
Travis County Democrats and Republicans talking together – Can we do it better than the R’s and D’s in Washington?
On November 2nd, Common Ground for Texans hosted a community conversation with a panel of 3 Republican and 3 Democratic Travis County precinct chairs. The meeting was facilitated by Diane Miller, founder of Civic Collaboration, a firm that specializes in … Continue reading
A new book, The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism, is reviewed in the current issue of Washington Monthly. The book’s authors, Theda Skocpol and Vanessa Williamson, are, respectively, a Harvard political sociologist and her graduate student. The reviewer, Steven M. Teles, is an associate professor of political … Continue reading
You may be surprised to learn that there actually is a Congressional Civility Caucus. Today NPR’s Morning Edition featured a story on incivility at the dinner table on Thanksgiving, which draws together family members who do not necessarily see eye … Continue reading
At a recent “Celebration of Life” service for Taylor Willingham, I heard these words that so resonated with me as a member of the Coffee Party that I felt compelled to share them: As we consider the details of our … Continue reading
Many Americans today are afraid to discuss politics unless they’re around people they know agree with them. It feels impolite to even bring up politics in mixed company because of the fear that any such words will result in shouting. … Continue reading
A recently retired Congressional staffer has published, in an essay entitled, “Goodbye to All That: Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult,” his take on the metastasizing disaster in Washington. As James Fallows describes the author, Mike Lofgren*, … Continue reading