Wednesday, January 12, 2011
On the need for civil discourse
We have grappled with many social problems in the past--we had a War on Drugs and a War on Poverty, we fight crime and pollution, we battle illiteracy and teen pregnancy, and we target a whole variety of social problems. Now we have too much incendiary political language and we need to combat this problem in the same way we have attacked other social evils. We must annihilate incendiary languages, obliterate violent metaphors, and crush and extirpate inflammatory speech. It may be a tough contest--there is no magic bullet solution--but victory is possible only if we take on the challenge.