The cultural turn

The politicisation of lifestyle has inflamed public life.

The logic of the Culture Wars has been exhausted. The metaphor has run its course.’ (1) So concluded historian Andrew Hartman in his magisterial study, A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars. When the book was published, in Spring 2015, it was not an unusual opinion. Others, too, argued that this decades-old conflict between imperiled social conservatives and emboldened progressives, between those who feared the dissolution of traditional family life, the degradation of Christian values and the undermining of the work ethic, and those who support abortion, sexual liberation and the ever-increasing panoply of so-called progressive causes, had well and truly run its course. The arguments had lost their force, the combatants their energy, the issues their pique. Who now, outside the batty fringes of evangelical Christianity and those clinging desperately to their guns, disagreed with the progressive consensus?, asked the victors. The Supreme Court decision in 2015 to legalise same-sex marriage across the US was merely the long-awaited coda to the Culture Wars, proof, if any were needed, that the progressives had vanquished their worn-out opponents.

But, today, that seems like a premature conclusion.

Conservatives Should Give Up And Let Liberals Finally Enact A Just Society

Let’s face it: constitutional conservatism looks doomed. Odds are the progressives, regardless of party, will sweep this election, taking the presidency, the Senate, the shortly thereafter the House of Representatives and the Supreme Court.

Across America, we conservatives are regarded as bigots and degenerates. We’ve been fingered as the sole cause of mass shootings and enablers of the impending climate apocalypse. Unless we act soon, we will be discarded into the dustbin of history.

Forget winning elections.

  • Alain

    Really? I totally disagree. You should only give up (surrender) if you are dead. Claiming that the Left has won and it is settled reminds me of the claim that man-made climate change is settled and cannot be questioned.

    • I agree, who wants to lay down? The pendulum always swings back.

      • ntt1

        yes and i believe it is only just starting, the marxists reactionary responses will drive the pendulum even harder

    • Brett_McS

      If you look closer, the article is labelled “Humor”. The Federalist is a fantastic conservative site.

      • Alain

        The “humour” wasn’t funny.

  • xavier

    Also reality has a way of imposing itself when human systems fail or constantly negate it in favour of some artificial constructure.

    Venezuela is the lastest example but so are the migrant invasions of Europe right now

  • G

    Well, reading that was a waste of time.
    When people who are not funny try to write humor the results come out like this.

  • simus1

    If ill educated Americans can’t grasp “Remember the Alamo” as an example of a hard fought defeat that paved the way to later victory, perhaps something more recent and socialistic like “Remember Venezuela !” would make the point.