"Sad as it may be to bowl alone, eating alone can be sadder still, not least because it is eroding the civility on which our political culture depends. That is the argument made by Janet Flammang, a political scientist, in a provocative new book..."


"Janet A. Flammang's The Taste for Civilization shows how important it is to restore the daily ritual of the table in our lives." More about the book



Tuesday, June 28th

Book Review by Cardus

Cardus’ Jess Hale, Jr. makes some interesting connections in his review of The Taste for Civilization. He writes: “Citizens can be awfully uncivil to one another; shouting people down and cutting others out of the conversation often substitutes for reasoned political deliberation. But what if there was a common experience that could act as a place from which to encourage civil discourse and a more deliberative politics?”

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Tuesday, October 5th

Fast food worsens civility crisis among Americans

Published in Folha de S. Paoulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil, on 29 August 2010 [The Google translation from Portuguese:] “Fast food worsens civility crisis among Americans” Thesis is defended by California professor, who sees reflected in the situation of political radicalism in the country Studies show that people spend only 20 minutes per meal, which would [...]

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Monday, October 4th

A Temporary Democracy

Terrie Irish thanks me for coining the term “temporary democracy” as an apt description of her cooking class for fifth-graders in Duvall, Washington. The purpose of KidsCook is to raise young leaders to change the way America eats. Read her description of temporary democracy in action, and a related account of “soap box sharing” in [...]

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