Man Without Qualities

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Even Angrier

A growing public chorus laments the increasingly "incivil" American political discourse. At least some of that lament may be appropriate.

But political discourse in the United States has a long way to go to approach to the "incivility" common in the political discourse of countries such as Canada, Australia and Britain.

Just by way of example:

Australia's newly elected Labor Party leader, Mark Latham .... has called US President George W Bush the "most incompetent and dangerous president in living memory". .... Mr. Latham, who has broken a taxi driver's arm in a brawl, has also aimed his sharp tongue at [incumbent Australian Prime Minister John] Howard's government, calling it a "conga line of suckholes".

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