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As Christian Young sat in history class listening to his professor describe the salons of the Enlightenment period, Young imagined the people in the salons: their elaborate clothing, their odd food and unfamiliar mannerisms. But most of all, Young admired the lively political discussions that the members of the salons were engaged in. They discussed the pressing issues that affected their community, a practice Young thinks has faded. “[Politics] is divisive, and if you talk politics...