Category Archives: deliberation

marginalizing views in a time of polarization

Facebook15 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 16I recently posted “marginalizing odious views: a strategy,” which was about a powerful and sometimes valuable tool for self-governance. When communities define specific perspectives as beyond consideration, they uphold norms without needing formal censorship. This is good … Continue reading

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marginalizing odious views: a strategy

Facebook15 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 16If you looked out at the National Mall on any Inauguration Day from 1944 to 2012, you might conclude that Nazism had been effectively marginalized in the USA. The president who was being sworn in might be … Continue reading

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civility, humility, tolerance, empathy, or what?

Facebook24 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 25It sounds like a parody of a professor’s life, but I have actually attended conferences since 2016 on the themes of: 1) empathy and compassion, 2) civility, 3) responsiveness, and 4) tolerance. I missed an excellent-looking meeting … Continue reading

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a civic approach to free speech

Facebook13 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 14I argued in a recent post that libertarians, social democrats, American liberals, and most US Constitutional scholars share a sharp distinction between the state and the private sector–but this distinction does not reflect our actual experience of … Continue reading

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on playing hardball with the shutdown

Facebook3 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 4On the one hand … The recent shutdown and the threat of a second one result from the Democrats’ choices as well as Donald Trump’s. Nancy Pelosi could reflect that she previously supported legislation that expanded walls … Continue reading

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Habermas with a Whiff of Tear Gas: Nonviolent Campaigns and Deliberation in an Era of Authoritarianism

Facebook30 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 30Just published: Levine, Peter (2018) “Habermas with a Whiff of Tear Gas: Nonviolent Campaigns and Deliberation in an Era of Authoritarianism,” Journal of Public Deliberation: Vol. 14 : Iss. 2 , Article 4.  Abstract: Authoritarianism is gaining around … Continue reading

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the value of diversity and discussion within social movements

Facebook35 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 35If you want a more deliberative society–one in which diverse people discuss and learn before (and while) they act politically–you’re not going to accomplish it simply by promoting deliberation. Too many people are understandably motivated by specific … Continue reading

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closing remarks at the Bridge Alliance summit

Facebook6 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 6(Posted by request: my remarks at the close of the 2018 Bridge Alliance Members Summit, a convening of “more than 90 respected established organizations committed to revitalizing democratic practice in America,” Washington, DC, Oct 17.) I’ve been asked to … Continue reading

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the Massachusetts Citizens’ Initiative Review

Facebook19 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 19[Press Release] – A 20-person panel of voters convened by the Massachusetts Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR) pilot project has released its Citizens’ Statement on Question 1, the ballot question on nurse staffing limits. The Citizens’ Statement is … Continue reading

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civility: not too much, not too little

Facebook33 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 33This is the summer for critiques of civility as a virtue or goal. See, for instance, the Color of Change video entitled “Civility Will Not Save Us,” or Tavia Nyong’o’s and Kyla Wazana Tompkins’ argument that “the accusation of incivility … Continue reading

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