Robert P. George, Cornel West, and Humanitas

Robert P. George and Cornel West on Firing Line. (PBS/via YouTube)
Two public intellectuals, despite their differences, share a remarkable friendship that has much to teach America.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A s politics becomes a battleground where clashing worldviews, frustrations, and experiences collide, the notion of “civility” finds itself attached to a slew of contradictory connotations. For some, civility is the convenient mask of cowards, a noble veil behind which enablers hide their turpitude. For others, civility remains a foundational virtue, a precondition for discourse, a pillar of democracy now disgraced by performative radicals in search of influence. While bombastic rhetoric and ominous imagery permeate our screen-infused world, appeals to decency and shared memories sound increasingly quaint, if not outright credulous. Galvanized mobs abound, partisanship thrives, and media outlets cash in


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