Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

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Civility in politics and on the web

Stephen Miller, cited in this WSJ piece, "worries about new and possibly perpetual antagonizing in the age of blogging, where ’anything that someone sitting in a basement in their underwear wishes to spew gets into the community.’" We denizens of the blogosphere just exacerbate the decline of civil discourse. Do we? No profanity or references to sex, religion, or politics, please.

For the record, at the moment, I’m wearing sweats.

Discussions - 3 Comments

Aw, of course he’d say that. He’s old media.

I think a little incivility is the price America has always paid for freedom of speech. People who are too rude risk having their opinions discounted or completely ignored. It’s a self-correcting system.

Mr. Knippenberg, I would never imagine you as anything less than completely decent while writing.

Professor Knippleberg. You’re a great American.

I just want to point out that the quote attributed to me is incorrect. The remark in the Wall Street Journal about bloggers in the basement in their underwear was by Stephen Hess. I do have reservations about the blogosphere, but I would not have made that remark. Steve Miller

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