Two sides

This is all devastating news for democracy. It is obvious that democracy requires us to sustain the idea that our political opponents may yet be reasonable and sincere. In order to take seriously our role as democratic citizens, we need to be able to regard those with whom we disagree as nonetheless our political equals, entitled to an equal share of political power. Forces that erode our aptitude for reasoned disagreement by dissolving our ability to see the possibility of rational opposition to our own views are fundamentally at odds with our democratic ideals. If we lose the capacity to engage in reasoned debate over fundamental matters, we lose the capacity for self-government, and perhaps the entitlement to it, too.

Scott F. Aikin and Robert B. Talisse |

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