​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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Hannah Arendt: Change the world, not yourself

How the German political philosopher called out Henry David Thoreau on civil disobedience.

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It is not often that a neighbourhood squabble is remembered as a world-historical event. In the summer of 1846, Henry David Thoreau spent a single night in jail in Concord, Massachusetts after refusing to submit his poll tax to the local constable.
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Too loud? In Japan, they'll map-shame you

'Dorozoku' map crowd-sources the whereabouts of noisy kids in Japan – but who's being anti-social here, exactly?

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  • Highly urbanized, Japan is the noisiest country on Earth, and it's driving people to extremes.
  • Extremes like reporting their neighbors to a website that has mapped 6,000 public nuisance hot spots.
  • But who are the real anti-social actors here: the noisy children or the people reporting them?
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Movements like #MeToo have drawn increased attention to the systemic discrimination facing women in a range of professional fields, from Hollywood and journalism to banking and government.

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Actually, New York is half socialist already

1895 map of New York City shows 'concrete socialism' in red, 'private enterprises' in white.

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  • As this 1895 map proves, the political argument about socialism in the United States is not new at all.
  • The map makes the point that socialism isn't foreign or alien, but as American as the pavements (and parks) of New York.
  • It shows 'concrete socialism' in red, and 'private enterprises' in white - each make up about half of the city.
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