​How important is civility for democracy? For Habermas, not very.

The public sphere should be open to conflict.

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Have we become unreasonable?
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Politics desperately needs hope, so why does it no longer inspire it?

For some philosophers, hope is a second-rate way of relating to reality.

In the late 2000s and early 2010s, the word 'hope' was ubiquitous in Western politics.
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What democracy and science demand: The ‘Smartmatic vs Fox News’ case

The opening lines of Smartmatic's $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox News lay bare the culture of denial in the US.

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  • Smartmatic, an election technology company, has filed a $2.7-billion-dollar defamation suit against Fox News for making false claims about its voting machines during Fox's dishonest campaign against the 2020 US presidential election results.
  • The lawsuit opens with three powerful statements of fact: A scientific truth, a mathematical proof, and an objective political fact: More people voted for Joe Biden than for Donald Trump.
  • We owe the Smartmatic lawyers a debt of gratitude for so cleanly demonstrating what this ongoing election battle is all about. What is at stake is not a political ideology. It's a fight to acknowledge the shared reality we all live in.
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Rousseau explained: What his philosophy means for us

The philosopher who praised a simple life and inspired the worst of the French Revolution.

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  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a Swiss Enlightenment philosopher with some radical ideas.
  • He argued passionately for democracy, equality, liberty, and supporting the common good by any means necessary.
  • While his ideas may be utopian (or dystopian), they are thought-provoking and can inform modern discourse.
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10 pieces of wisdom from Roman emperors

Even tyrants and despots offer wisdom worth heeding.

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  • Rome's famed emperors have seen a resurgence thanks to Stoicism, but many philosophies date back to the Empire.
  • While the range of rulers vary from tyrannical despots to benevolent political forces, they all have something to say.
  • These 10 quotes seem suited to our modern political situation in America and beyond right now.
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