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In Defense of Uncivil Speech

March 6, 2011

Since the tragic massacre in Arizona earlier this year, Americans have been treated to a lot of talk about how a lack of "civility" in public discourse led to the shooting, may have led to the shooting, or didn't lead to the shooting but still reminded us about how bad uncivil speech is in general. Now comes the news that a new National Institute for Civil Discourse will be established at the University of Arizona, the site of President Obama's speech in the wake of the shootings, with former Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton as honorary co-chairs...