A retired Supreme Court justice’s harsh critique of today’s public dialogue

Democracy and social decency are in trouble in the United States, former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy told law students on Friday. The philosopher Aristotle once said “he did not think democracy could mature. And it’s our duty to prove him wrong,” Kennedy told a packed auditorium at UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. “At the moment, we are failing. “Rational, enlightening dialogue … is what’s missing in our society,” he said. “We have a social framework of decency that we’re very quickly losing.” The 82-year-old retired justice did not cite any public officials or political controversies as evidence of his critique, and instead bemoaned the shortcomings of the “cyber age.

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