The Case For Civility - And Why Our Future Depends On It
Recorded on March 13, 2008
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium
The challenge of living with our differences is a worldwide
problem, especially when those differences are religious and
ideological, and when they are elbow to elbow within the same
society. Is the United States still demonstrating what James
Madison called the "true remedy" - i.e. affording the kind of
"complete and equal liberty" that leads to "moderation and harmony"
among diverse communities? Or have thirty years of culture
warring called into question the genius of the founders' "great
Dr. Os Guinness will address these questions and offer a
proposal for a civil and "cosmopolitan" public square, one that
welcomes the kind of honest, respectful debates necessary to
preserve liberty and unity amidst diversity. As he argues in
his new book, The Case for Civility, such civility is a
republican virtue and a democratic necessity, and an area in which
the U.S. should be leading the world.
Copies of The Case for Civility will be available for
purchase and to be signed by the author.