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Joy Connolly: "Cicero at the Tea Party: Conflict in Republican Politics, Then and Now"—May 5, 2010 (link to full video)

How does the emphasis on consensus and civic friendship in contemporary political thought relate to a nation drawn to the politics of division? Recent years have seen among political theorists a major revival of interest in the republican tradition, especially the Roman ideas of liberty, consensus, and civility. This lecture argues that the Romans' contribution to our politics should be seen not in their abstract concepts but in their adversarial practices of civic speech—which make a compelling model for liberal education today. 

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