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  The Risks of Waging 'Culture War'
POLITICIANS who spark a culture war for the sake of their own power are playing with fire, and journalists who exploit a culture war for the sake of its unleashed furies are throwing gasoline on the flames.
Yet the conflicts of the culture war do not concern such essential questions as the war in Iraq, the war on terrorism, tax reform, trade policy, deficit spending, jobless recovery, the overburdened health care system, or the sorry state of public education.
What that culture war's self-anointed defenders of a moral order could not anticipate was what would happen when the new "virtue" of anti-Semitism was reinforced by the then burgeoning pseudo-science of the eugenics movement.
www.commondreams.org /views04/0309-07.htm   (871 words)

  Culture war - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The concept of culture war was built on by the Italian Marxist, Antonio Gramsci.
From the point of view of American academia, the "culture wars" and their alignments were nothing new — rather, they were perceived as an extrapolation of some conflicts that had been simmering in university life since the 1960s.
The concept of a "culture war" is also current in Australia, particularly in the area of Australian historiography.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Culture_war   (1482 words)

 Is America In A Culture A War? Yes -- No -- Sort Of
Patrick Buchanan brought the glare of the national spotlight to the phrase "culture war" when he used his address to the 1992 Republican National Convention to declare a "war for the nation's soul." That moment was both the apex and the nadir of a presidential campaign that styled itself as a moral crusade.
Nor is the culture war the sole cause of the public incivility and political stagnation that often seem to show up on the evening news.
Rather, the culture war is a style of rhetoric that is useful for political activism in a media age.
www.religion-online.org /showarticle.asp?title=176   (3955 words)

 David Brin's Official Web Site: "The Real Culture War" (article)
The most-cited vote distribution maps suggest, at least superficially, that this appears to be a war between rural and urban America.
Their essays, opposing "an ill-defined war on terror" "unprecedented expansion of executive power," all stop short of an open break with the neoconservatives.
Wars are unpleasant affairs calling for competence, agility, and attention to decency for its practical value.
www.davidbrin.com /realculturewar1.html   (3995 words)

A Culture War exists when two or more different cultures compete to be the mainstream in a society.
A Culture War may be cold (when the conflict is a strong clash of values or ideas), or hot (a civil war of violent force for control).
After three decades of a cold culture war against Christian values, large numbers of Christians are finally starting to defend their much assaulted way of life.
www.usiap.org /Viewpoints/Culture/CultureWar/TheCultureWar.html   (1750 words)

 FT October 1999: Culture War No More?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
The culture war imagery, Rabkin goes on, is as wrongheaded about contemporary politics as it is about political history.
The culture war metaphor probably does contribute to the unfortunate tendency of American conservatives to imagine themselves a besieged minority locked in perpetual—and perpetually losing—apocalyptic conflict.
It rages among the cultural elites, and it is in deadly earnest.
www.firstthings.com /ftissues/ft9910/opinion/thistime.html   (1102 words)

 Culture War
While the "culture war" has its strong Washington component focused around attacks on the NEA, gay rights and other 'family values' standard bearers it is fed by well-organized grass-roots campaigns.
At a two-day, "Winning the Culture War" conference held in Washington in May 1993, Buchanan equated the ongoing "Culture War" to the Cold War as a long haul struggle that demands vigilance and relentless counter assaults against those deemed harmful to American interests.
Buchanan, Bennett, and others who have taken to exploiting the cultural divide for political reasons are on the secular side of the debate that has made political use of the Serrano and Mapplethorpe controversies which were the first real test of the waters of culture as a prime motivating issue.
www.webpan.com /dsinclair/cultwars1.html   (2260 words)

 The New Culture War
On one side, are cultural elites who are defending their own power and position.
But this culture war isn't the deadening conflict between the left and right that has been going on for the last two decades.
That means this culture war, like the other one, will involve a struggle for power.
www.transparencynow.com /culture.htm   (1220 words)

 AlterNet: Culture War May Find WMD
The march to the culture war began last summer when the Supreme Court overturned state laws that criminalize consenting sexual relationships between same sex couples.
Off the radar of all of those political pundits who listen to NPR on their morning commutes, this last strike in the culture war may prove to be the fatal misstep.
War on Iraq: Anything less than total commitment to a new Iraq policy by the new Democratic majority will represent a betrayal of the hopes of the American people who swept them into Congress.
www.alternet.org /story.html?StoryID=18090   (1188 words)

 Chuck Colson on the Culture War | TheResurgence
Colson was arrested for the crime and served a seven-month sentence in the Maxwell Correctional Facility in Alabama.
Colson is, along with James Dobson, among the most informed and influential evangelical defenders of a “culture war” for the heart and soul of America.
An aging generation of evangelicals assumes that America is essentially founded upon Christianity and that the role of the church is to defend Christian morality through mainly conservative and Republican political involvement and by fighting against such things as abortion and gay marriage.
theresurgence.com /Chuck_Colson_on_the_Culture_War   (704 words)

 Culture of Peace: Alternative to World War III
The culture of war is broader and deeper than war itself.
And during the United International Year for a Culture of Peace, more than 1% of the population of the world (over 75 million people) signed the Manifesto 2000, pledging to practice a culture of peace in their family, school and community.
We proved that a culture of peace is possible; see, for example the report from the successful El Salvador Culture of Peace Programme.
www.culture-of-peace.info /answer.html   (692 words)

 Why We Can't Quit the Culture War - by Pat Buchanan - Articles, Essays and Speeches - T H E   I N T E R ...
Thus, the young are astonished that Clinton, having been consecrated in the secular sacrament of free elections, might be punished and removed for something so trivial as perjury.
Politics is the last contested battlefield of our culture war, for only through politics can the new cult, a militant and intolerant secularist faith that will abide no other, impose its values on us.
For the culture war is at its heart a religious war about whether God or man shall be exalted, whose moral beliefs shall be enshrined in law, and what children shall be taught to value and abhor.
www.buchanan.org /pa-99-0219.html   (815 words)

 HOW WILL THE CULTURE WAR PLAY OUT IN THE 2004 ELECTIONS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
The Great Depression and World War II returned our society to more sober, conservative outlook, and for several years after the War, Americans were too busy rebuilding their lives to engage in frivolity, and the memories of what they went through gave us the age of “Ozzie and Harriet” and David Brinkley.
Pop-culture soon blended with the War Protest movement, and long before the war ended, protest songs had risen to the top of the pop-charts and many musical groups were at the forefront of the protest movement.
It is to early to tell, but it is doubtful that the Culture War will have as big an impact on congressional races as it will on the presidential election, except in perhaps a few states.
home.comcast.net /~jackott2/culture_war.htm   (1548 words)

 The Culture War 2001-2002   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
More and more such men and women are coming to the realization that the millenniums-old "cultural capital" bequeathed to us by the Greeks must not be dissipated: It must be cherished, replenished, and used to save humanity from destroying itself.
Cultural Marxists assault not only our history but also the family, the chastity of women, and Christianity; important pillars of our civilization.
Cultural Marxists use education, entertainment, and the media to create a new people that shares their values.
www.grecoreport.com /the_culture_war_2001-2002.htm   (4072 words)

 Opinion: Culture war president
Instead, he was trying to divert the country's attention from such serious issues by launching a pre-emptive attack in the culture wars.
Others are opposed to any legal recognition of same-sex relationships but believe gays and lesbians should have the right to live their lives without the threat of criminal prosecution or violence.
Our Constitution is too precious to be disfigured as part of a political strategy, or to be used to open a new front in the culture wars.
www.sptimes.com /2004/02/26/Opinion/Culture_war_president.shtml   (519 words)

 On the Frontlines of the Culture War
This year, those culture wars are coming to a head, and it may be the last stand for liberal democracy in America.
The first shots across the bow in the culture wars were levied in about 1982, when Christian broadcasters such as Pat Robertson began rallying their followers to become politically active.
We are now truly at the front lines of a culture war, started by those who view their religious beliefs as authority enough to impose their narrow worldview and ideology and to establish their kingdom of God here in America.
www.yuricareport.com /Dominionism/OnFrontlinesOfCultureWar.html   (2208 words)

 THE VN/VO | War on Terror, War of Culture | the war on terror, as it is presently constituted, will fail. not because ...
That technically may be true, but the dilemma lies in the fact that we're beginning to fight the war on terror as a war of principle.
Speeches during World Wars I and II, as well the Cold War, were laden with similar rhetoric, but the rhetoric was merely window dressing on a real plan.
With the expansion of the importance of political documentaries on our culture, and conflict has arisen: the dichotomy between the sensational (and often treacherous) vision of the world as seen through this new media, and the realities of the mundane world of factual cause-and-effect.
www.vnvo.com /stories/war_on_terror_war_culture_p1.asp   (980 words)

 TIME: "The Culture War Is Really a Culture Circus"
The chaotic rush of images—and the President's constant invocation of incendiary words like war and evil—suggests a portentous, emotional year in the offing.
It is possible that the passions raised by such images will lead to an intense national debate over the decisions made by President Bush: to go to war in Iraq and confront the threat of terrorism the way he has, to drastically cut taxes, to create an expensive new Medicare prescription-drug entitlement.
But it is also possible that a public besotted with the sensational will be unable to engage in a substantive argument—and instead be deflected into periphera like the quality of Bush's Vietnam-era service, the controversy surrounding Kerry's antiwar protests and the need for a constitutional amendment prohibiting gay marriage.
home.san.rr.com /prjacoby/Culture_War.html   (756 words)

 How lines of the culture war have been redrawn | csmonitor.com
For social conservatives, the chance to turn back a cultural revolution that arguably began with the invention of the birth-control pill - which in turn launched the sexual revolution and the anything-goes sensibility of the 1960s - has been a long time in coming.
Since the '60s, "the society and the culture have moved to the left, almost consistently, over the years, and as a result, Americans who have traditional views on social values have become increasingly alienated and even angry," says Larry Sabato, a political scientist at the University of Virginia.
All the attention to the role of "culture" in the outcome of the Nov. 2 vote may also refer to differing public perceptions of the candidates themselves.
www.csmonitor.com /2004/1115/p01s04-ussc.html   (1520 words)

Appy, Christian G. "'We'll Follow the Old Man': Sentimental Militarism and Cold War Films of the 1950s." Paper presented at 1994 Landmarks Conference, The Cold War and American Culture--The Nuclear Spectre and the Cold War.
The End of Victory Culture: Cold War America and the Disillusioning of a Generation.
Henriksen, Margot A. "Somewhere Under the Mushroom Cloud: The Bomb's Central Place in Popular Cold War Culture." Paper presented at 1994 Landmarks Conference, The Cold War and American Culture--The Nuclear Spectre and the Cold War.
www.cmu.edu /coldwar/cult.htm   (621 words)

 A 'Culture War' on Gay Marriage Could Hurt GOP
"The radical right is demanding a cultural war and calling for a civil war within the Republican Party at a level not seen since the 1992 Houston convention," observes Patrick Guerriero, executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans.
It is a cultural war, as critical to the kind of nation we will one day be as was the Cold War itself." Buchanan's theme was reinforced by other conservative political and religious leaders who scared the country on prime-time television.
Guerriero, a former Massachusetts legislator and mayor, is trying to keep it that way: "The closer the Republican Party gets to fueling this cultural war and having a national debate about basic civil rights, the closer they get to a very dangerous path," he warns.
www.commondreams.org /views03/1120-02.htm   (842 words)

 The War For Civilization   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
This is a war we are not winning and some argue that it is a war we have not yet even begun to fight.
I am talking about The Culture War, the war that must be fought to oppose the campaign of lies and propaganda that Islamists and western Stalinists launched against the West, beginning with Israel, arguably anywhere from forty to seventy years ago.
The Culture War is a very hot war: no prisoners are taken, no mercy is shown.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/1530840/posts   (3683 words)

 Winning the Culture War--the Battle Rages On   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
As the culture war in America rages on, with the latest front being the college campus, it’s important to take note of how far we’ve come in a relatively short time.
Long a stronghold of liberal ideology as many Vietnam War era hippies sought sanctuary there, patriotic Americans are now turning their attention to what is being taught at these institutions of “higher learning.” For some time liberals have enjoyed relative autonomy as they indoctrinated our youth with their self-loathing, anti-American ideology.
The history books will not be too kind to liberals, as it will be recorded that they stood opposed to the removal of a murderous dictator who supported terrorism and the subsequent liberation of millions of people now embracing their long denied taste of democracy.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/1344249/posts   (2266 words)

 CNN - Cold War Experience: Culture
John Wayne undertakes the hunt for Commies in the tropical paradise of Hawaii.
The Cold War hit the movies in 1947 when the House Un-American Activities Committee descended on Hollywood armed with the names of leading film folk suspected of being "red." Trace Cold War film fallout from "I Married a Communist" to "Dr. Strangelove."
While the Cold War was putting the world on edge, television was coming of age -- and luring Americans to the living room couch.
www.cnn.com /SPECIALS/cold.war/experience/culture   (355 words)

 Stanley Kurtz on William J. Bennett & Gambling & Culture War on National Review Online
After World War II Americans moved out of small towns and tightly knit ethnic neighborhoods, and into relatively impersonal suburbs and urban apartment complexes.
But neither side of the culture war will be able to definitively win.
I can't claim to be more consistent than the two warring ends of the moral-cultural spectrum.
nationalreview.com /kurtz/kurtz050903.asp   (2197 words)

 Winning The Culture War In America
Because of a number of measures passed by the US House, American culture is on the verge of dramatic improvement.
In addition to passing sound legislation, another means of changing the culture is through the judiciary - and President Bush has nominated 103 “strict constructionist” judges to the courts.
In fact, there are several vacancies in the 9th Circuit that the Senate has refused to fill; if Bush judges had been on the bench, it is very possible that a different three-judge panel would have been chosen and that the decision against “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance would not have been rendered.
www.cultureshocktv.com /internews/2002/oct4200276537.shtml   (1104 words)

 World Culture War
This war takes culturally specific forms in each country, targeting poor women, because they are most vulnerable, and feminist intellectuals and organizers, because they stir up the others.
During the wars that ensued, when most other contacts between the former republics were broken, some feminist groups stayed in clandestine communication and developed into pacifists, helping men who were hiding from the draft and moving into the leadership vacuum left by the men's absence.
Many of these activists had done advocacy for battered women before the war; they moved into work with women war victims in the belief that rape in wartime and domestic violence are part of the same continuum, enraging nationalists by refusing to focus on the ethnic motives for rape.
www.thenation.com /doc/19990517/tax   (880 words)

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