As we look forward with queasy trepidation to the year 2016 in public affairs, we have a few suggestions for making it more productive and less off-putting. They may be neither original, nor in some cases worldly. But they are needed.
To begin with the most naive, and least original, we would like a more courteous tone in politics. We realize that partisan ruthlessness and low intellectual tone are a chronic feature of politics because they work — up to a point. But so does decency.