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Is Good-Faith Debate a Thing of the Past?

We’re misinterpreting the other side on purpose because it makes arguing easier

An illustration of a group of young upper-class males having an argument at the dinner table, with one throwing wine into another’s face.
Illustration from “The Union Jack”, a British magazine published by Griffith & Farran, London and dated September 8th 1881, Volume II, No 89. Credit: whitemay/Getty Images

Last August, the actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus of Veep and Seinfeld fame, hosted the fourth night of the Democratic National Convention. She performed her hosting duties perfectly competently, but also, I felt, tried to balance being edgy and family-friendly in a…

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