I’ve been enjoying watching this dialogue, thank you both for sharing it, and I look forward to future rounds.
I primarily engage in mainstream coalition politics (trying to get the Purple light rail line built in the DC-area). So my own answer to Jay Kang’s question comes from that perspective.
Apologies for what sees like self-promotion but I think the following is relevant.
I had a similar exchange, on incivility in online discourse, with Helen Lewis of the New Statesman:
It’s worth noting that deBoer was in fact entirely right about how the Toast readership (and editors) responded to criticism of the “Books All White Men Own” piece: http://the-toast.net/2015/05/13/my-favourite-deleted-comments-from-the-white-dude-book-list/ Most of the criticisms are, obviously, coming from a completely different place than deBoer —…