Clive Crook on Civility

Clive Crook 5 January 2010:

Jarringly different standards apply in politics, and especially in the political blogosphere. There, “coarsening” is too mild a word. All that swaggering, sneering incivility: maybe I find it disgusting because it’s so unAmerican.

Clive Crook 24 May 2009:

The Democratic party’s civil libertarians seem to believe that several medium-sized US cities would be a reasonable price to pay for insisting on ordinary criminal trials for terrorist suspects.


As ever, one important exception to the rules of Beltway “civility” is that totally unsubstantiated smears against people who hold left-wing political are not only permitted, but in certain circumstances mandatory.

(All hat-tipped to Henry Farrell)