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UnDisciplined: How can we hold politicians responsible for their inciteful speech?

Voters these days often reward politicians who sit at either end of the ideological spectrum while punishing those seen as compromisers.
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In 2022, a group based in Utah tested out a new tool designed to rate political rhetoric on a scale that starts with dignity and goes all the way up to incitement of violence.

If you've grown exhausted by the cruel and bitter way that political debates take shape in this nation, then this week's episode of undisciplined is for you. We're going to be talking about a new tool called the dignity index, which is expressly designed to help us disagree, even passionately, without sliding into contempt and hate.

Tami Pyfer is the Utah Demonstration Project lead for the Dignity Index.

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