'Let's go Brandon' and the anti-civility arms race

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Let me lay my cards out on the table: I'd rather not be writing about "Let's go Brandon," a culture war kerfuffle that is the very definition of "more heat than light." It's an expression of anger that exists only to create more expressions of anger — an ouroboros of political rage, feeding on itself forever. There will be no winners, and nothing useful will come of it.

But the controversy is worth mentioning for one small reason: To note that Americans have more or less given up on practicing civility in favor of arguing about civility.

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