Tuesday Open Thread

Last night I gave a speech at our leadership institute entitled “Civility in Uncivil Times” the gist of which is that we are not necessarily more uncivil than other times in our past (as the above cartoon printed by Andrew Jackson supporters in 1828 attests — ditto JQA’s followers hounding Mrs. Jackson to her early death), but that the major challenge is the lack of centripetal forces holding us together and the ascendance of centrifugal forces pulling us apart — identity politics, lack of appreciation of free speech, etc.

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