Posts by Adolf Gundersen

A Christian, Conservative Republican Asks Americans to “Listen First”

A Christian, Conservative Republican Asks Americans to “Listen First”

This poignant message from a young man who describes himself as “Christian, Conservative and Republican” is as simple as it...

Just A Minute: Why I’m a USATalk Team Member

  In this minute long video I describe why I’m a USATalk team member, which comes down to this: I’ve...

Regulating Facebook in the Name of Democracy

Facebook is among the titans of social media–but hardly a friendly one.  In fact, according to an in-depth analysis by...

Climbing the Ladder of Civility with the Help of Civil Discussion*

Civility is not an all or nothing thing; it is more like an ascent involving a set of interactive and...

Just a Minute: My Favorite Founding Father

Just a Minute: My Favorite Founding Father

Another short video in which I explain why Franklin–not Washington, Jefferson, or Madison–is my favorite Founder. Franklin–a strong believer in...

Civil Discussion Counters Fear, Distrust, and Certainty

Incivility doesn’t cure itself.  Indeed, there’s good reason to think that it will only get worse if we do nothing...

The Psychology of Incivility: Fear, Distrust, and Certainty

If incivility harms us in so many ways, both as individual citizens and as a society, why does it seem...

How Incivility’s Individual and Social Harms Aggravate Each Other*

Comparing incivility to disease helps bring home some of the ways its negative effects on individuals and society interact. Incivility...

How Incivility Harms Us as a Society*

How Incivility Harms Us as a Society*

Incivility doesn’t just harm us as individual citizens; it harms us as a society, too—in at least three ways. First,...

A Catalogue of Civil Discussion Types*

As long as a discussion is respectful, constructive, open, and fair, we think it qualifies as “civil”—and worth having.  At...