Something Important Is Dying: Reclaiming the Democratic Virtues of Moderation, Civility, and Compromise

Beneath the tumble of day-to-day politics — the anger and crude attacks, the polarization and zero-sum thinking — vital democratic legacies are being squandered. To rebuild the moral and intellectual infrastructure of democracy, we need to reclaim the good name of essential public virtues such as moderation, civility, and compromise — once widely admired and praised, now often dismissed as weakness or even betrayal. This session will focus on where we are and what needs to be done to repair the ethical fabric of our humanity, with a focus on some practical steps that might be taken.

Festival: 2017

Watch and Listen: Values

The Rev. Adam Hamilton, who ministers to nearly 20,000 Methodists in and around Kansas City, is determined to mollify... See more
Simon Sinek believes in a bright future and our ability to build it together. Described as “a visionary thinker with a... See more
Hate groups and hate-fueled incidents are spiking in America. The Southern Poverty Law Center, through aggregating... See more
Beneath the tumble of day-to-day politics — the anger and crude attacks, the polarization and zero-sum thinking — vital... See more
The historic candidacy of Hillary Clinton meets a Supreme Court vacancy and a presumptive Republican nominee with... See more
Those who study human behavior have learned that simply by encouraging—or “nudging”—individuals toward the right... See more

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