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Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical

Volume 47, Issue 2, July 2021

Dale Cannon
Pages 13-15

A Polanyian Account of What Causes Incivility in Public Discourse

In response to the events of January 6 and the second impeachment trial, which made clear the fragility of democracy in the USA, several scholars whose work has appeared in this journal comment on one or more of the following questions: (1) What causes, epistemic and/or social, might Polanyi see as contributing to the incivility, rancor, and division that now characterize American politics? (2) What would Polanyi say about the events of January 6, as well as the events leading up to it? (3) What remedies might Polanyi suggest for rehabilitating our experiment in democracy?

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