Liberal Civilities

Reply Thu 13 Jan, 2011 01:07 pm
Can anyone cite an actual occurrence of Liberal progressive democrat civility?

A list of any and all qualifying occurrences spanning the last decade would be appreciated.

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Reply Thu 13 Jan, 2011 01:26 pm
Can anyone cite an actual occurrence of H2OMan extreme conservative civility?

A list of any and all qualifying occurrences spanning the last decade would be appreciated.


Reply Thu 13 Jan, 2011 01:40 pm
I think I have located one such an occurrence VIDEO
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Reply Thu 13 Jan, 2011 01:41 pm
Original thought is another thing MJ can't come up with
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Walter Hinteler
Reply Thu 13 Jan, 2011 02:17 pm
There are (and were) indeed some more clever clogs besides you who racked their brains about this.

From the introduction of Liberal Civility and the Civility of Etiquette: Public Ideals and Personal Lives
In section 1, I characterize the ideas of public virtue, personal virtue, and a close-knit community. In section 2, I distinguish two main conceptions of the concept of civility--liberal civility (roughly, a constitutive component of reasoned public discourse) and the civility of etiquette (roughly, a constitutive component of civilized society). In section 3, I further explicate liberal civility and consider its place in the practice of civic discourse. In section 4, I discuss civility within the realm of a close-knit community and consider problems with regarding civility as a personal virtue.

A little bit older is the book I'm quoting of below.
But as a broader introduction to this interesting topic it is quite suitable - though not exactly published in the last decade:

Civility was not invented by liberal or democratic social philoso-
phers nor did the idea of civility emerge for the first time in the
institutional practices of the more or less liberal societies of the
nineteenth century and the more or less democratic institutions
which joined them later. Civil society corresponds to liberal demo-
cratic society in its political aspects and to the pluralistic society of
voluntary associations and private corporations on the other. Civil
society entails the freedom of contract and the market economy;
in this aspect, the idea of civility is also closely dependent on a fun-
damental feature of "civil society" as Hegel conceived it: namely,
the private ownership of property in the market economy. The pri-
vate ownership of property and the freedom of contract and the
organization of the market economy around them, are necessary
conditions for civility in society. Seen in the crudest terms, civility
and the market seem to be antithetical to each other--one altruis-
tic, the other egoistic, the one inclusive, the other exclusive--but
in fact they are mutually dependent. The very anonymity of the
market, its relative disregard for the primordial and personal, is a
necessary condition of the extension of the collective self-
consciousness to the inclusion of unknown and unseen persons.
(The hierarchical system of self-alleged "planned economies" has
turned out to be inimical to civility, as well as economically

Civility and Citizenship in Liberal Democratic Societies, Edited by Edward C. Banfield, New York, 1992 - online here
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Reply Fri 14 Jan, 2011 01:59 pm
Please cite an actual occurrence of Liberal progressive democrat civility?

Walter Hinteler
Reply Fri 14 Jan, 2011 02:04 pm
Well, waterman, seems that you didn't notice those passages in book and essay I quoted above which deal with your topic. (For what it's worth: is their a special reason that you used an interrogation mark in your above response? Besides that you changed the original time period from " spanning the last decade" to ... what date was it again ....)
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Reply Fri 14 Jan, 2011 02:06 pm
How about the speech Obama made yesterday? Or did you give that a miss as well?
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