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January 24, 2011


Rob Shook

Irving, I have been a huge fan of Stephen L. Carter's writing on this topic, most notably in his book "Civility: Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy".

To your point on "demonizing" ... one of my favorite quotations from this author is: "Democracy, at its best, rests on a foundation of mutual respect among co-equal citizens willing to take the time for serious debate. After all, even on the momentous issues that divide us, there is usually the possibility that the other side has a good argument. Yet if we paint our opponents as monsters, we owe them no obligation to pay attention to what they have to say."

Brian SJones

Thank you for an informative and temperate article.
As regards changing the evils of social Darwinism, may I recommend Joan Roughgarden's proposed replacement of sexual selection with social selection, discussed in her book 'The Genial Gene' http://tinyurl.com/5tkmdad .

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