The village square was born in America. It wasn’t always exactly a “square” in the “village,” although sometimes it was. It was the spirit of all this talking.
Within the ethos of the town meeting is the important founding principle that political foes must grudgingly become partners as they engage conflicting ideas in order to govern.
Apparently when vein-poppingly angry people pick up their pitchforks and roll out a guillotine, they’ve been known to get it wrong from time to time.
The hostile tone of our national debate is a predictable result of the worrisome reality: we’ve essentially formed tribes.