Review: Stephen Prothero, ‘Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections)’

“The approach of this book is episodic rather than exhaustive,” writes Stephen Prothero, author of Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections). This is a generous description. For readers interested in analysis more than the pursuit of an agenda, it is also a warning.

Prothero, a professor of religion at Boston University, undertook this investigation after puzzling over the conservative resistance to the construction of an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero following the 9/11 attacks. American respect for religious liberty and private property weighed in favor of letting the project proceed, he writes, so “why all the fuss?” Rather than pondering the scar left nearby in the Manhattan earth, Mr. Prothero takes the long way around, writing a book misrepresenting conservatives throughout American history and never examining “all that fuss” too closely. The “post-9/11 Islam wars,” he finds, are simply a new iteration of an old war between cultural conservatives and liberals.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    I refuse to let liberals win the culture wars.
    I speak up against their idiocy all the time.
    They never expect push back.

    • Good article — too bad we can’t get Canadian conservative writers to come up with a straightforward analysis like that. The fact is Harper was most popular when he stuck with conservative values — as soon as he got sucked into the argument that he needed to include Lefties in the mix, he lost his base. Same goes for Tim Hudak and same will go for any future conservative leader. The left doesn’t take advice from us about how they should “broaden their base” because naturally they would suspect our intentions. So why do we continue to accept the Left’s advice — they do not give us advice designed to make us succeed.

      • Oops, actually I was referring to the article by “American Thinker” further down the page. Anyway this one’s good too.

  • Jay Currie

    Well, unfortunately, over on our side we have very unsophisticated people who are unable to compete effectively with the Liberal intelligentsia. For every Mark Steyn we also have energetic dimwits like Ezra offering ammunition to the other side.

    We’re seeing this with the Canadian right’s response to Trudeau. Long on invective and snark, short on carefully crafted, pointed attacks on policy.

    Even more importantly, we don’t fight the cultural battle effectively. The default position of the clerisy in Canada is “progressive” and we don’t invest in the sorts of things which could create push back. It is not as if a guy like David Warren has never edited a smart, Conservative magazine; it is rather that there is no money to publish one.

    Take a look at The Tyee. Smart, well edited, and funded by the BC Federation of Labour and a foundation started by a cashed up entrepreneur. Are there none of those on the right?

    We lose the culture wars because our guys don’t invest in winning them.

    • lolwut?

      Ezra only cares about Alberta and oil, that’s part of the problem with him
      the rest is mostly filler.

      At least Rebel media isn’t half the clown show that Sun News Network was
      but I’m sure those two guys they’ve hired (Jason and Matt) will try.

  • mauser 98


    Canada sells 43.3% of its official gold reserves
    Canada sold 1.3 tonnes of gold reserves (43.3% of its gold reserves) in January 2016

    according to this site Canada is 99th out of 100 countries in tons of gold reserves
    …less than Aruba and Haiti … 1.7 tons(?)

    .. am sure others are far more versed in such matters

    • Clink9

      Turdo paying for this summer’s gay pride parade?

      • mauser 98

        1.7 tons.. thats it?
        or “we are really smart, we leave it in the ground” ?

        • Clink9

          1.7 tons is chump change.