(Kennedy 1998) The case against civility

Kennedy, Randall. The case against “civility”. American Prospect. 1998 Nov 1;9(41). Internet version: 2001 Dec 19. Available from: http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=the_case_against_civility. Accessed 2011 Dec 17. Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/640XikSHZ.

Kennedy argues that the demand for “civility” in public discourse, while portrayed by its advocates as purely procedural and necessary to keep the lines of communication open, is in reality a form of disguised censorship that discourages or even prohibits clear statement and open discussion of relevant issues when it might give offense.


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