QUOTE(WinePusher @ Nov 4 2010, 10:52 PM)
Culture War issues encompass issues such as abortion, gun rights, homosexuality, death penalty, religion and so on.
Regardless of how you feel towards those specific issues: 1) Would you say that Culture Wars make up the fabric of American society today? Or would you say that they're outdated issues? or as Barack Obama put it, they're "just so ninties."
It's funny when I look at the enumerated issues above I instantly think right wing. And yet from my experience those I know who would meet those criteria I am just as likely to be friends with as those on the left. These matters are wound up with people's identities. If those identities are threatened then people tend to become activated. You really have to go into the mysteries of the human mind. We have evolved certain modes of thinking and feeling that we still don't fully understand. 2) Would you consider these issues to be the cause of most divisiveness and turmoil in this country?
No, not in an underlying sense. I'm inclined to be Malthusian. I think we are suffering from a case of musical chairs and in each one's little paranoid world we seek out what works best psychologically from the range of available narratives and then personally fill in the rest. Different personalities and differing legacies inevitably produce clashes but it is still bottom line ape vs. ape struggling to secure "enough" resources for oneself and one's family.
That's why with most issues, like environmental destruction, I start with npg as the center piece to a solution.
QUOTE(Belshazzar @ Nov 5 2010, 09:45 PM)
The so-called "Culture Wars" are merely another iteration of the Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy
Speaking of culture wars and the reiteration of certain themes, how about Hollywood predicting the tea party
back in the 50s. Remember 'A Face in the Crowd'?
To understand what has happened in the mid-term elections, the best guide lies in an unexpected place - the dusty vaults of Hollywood. In 1957, Elia Kazan directed a film called ‘A Face In The Crowd' that read the tea-leaves of the Tea Party back when Sarah Palin was merely a frosty zygote. One morning a poor wandering Arkansas chancer named Larry ‘Lonesome' Rhodes is lying passed out on a jail cell where the local sheriff has detained him overnight. A pretty young radio producer arrives and asks if he'd like to tell her a story to be played on her show where ordinary folks speak to ordinary folks. He sings and rambles and offers corn-poke homilies. The clip is a huge hit - and he is soon given his own show, filled with country music and country wisdom which then shoots off into the stratosphere.
When Lonesome Rhodes becomes one of the biggest stars on US television, he starts receiving offers. Advertisers say that if he endorses their lousy products, they'll shower him with millions. He knows how to sell to ordinary people - and he is pushed to go further. They ask him to sell the political causes that will make them richer too. He starts railing against social security and the old age pension and anything that taxes the rich to help the rest. He uses the tunes and slanguage of working class Americans to get them to emotionally identify with the people who are screwing them over. He's brilliant at it - a gurning hyperactive huckster, saying that support and security for ordinary Americans is a betrayal of America. He makes himself rich by lying to the people he came from.