Civility is a hot topic lately. Based on the smoke from my Twitter feed, here’s where we stand:
- The Left has just abandoned civility because Trump is causing an EXISTENTIAL CRISIS!
- The Right abandoned civility the moment they made Trump their presidential nominee/warlord. Despite this, they are currently complaining about the Left’s lack of civility.
For all the wailing and posturing to the contrary, both sides have the same view of civility: it’s fine under normal circumstances, but dangerous in EMERGENCIES(!).
This thinking is wrong for the same reason that torture is wrong. I should probably explain.