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America’s Culture War

 

                      Since World War II, the explosive growth rates of higher education and new communication technologies, plus well-financed organizations advocating social and political changes, have nourished an extensive verbal elite.  Only rarely has any society needed persons equipped to rationalize changes as much as America has needed them in the 20th Century.  Never before has a society supported such a large “intellectual” class.  And, few classes have so failed the needs of the societies that produced them.

           With vastly increased numbers and resources the American verbal elite chose, not to assume a more constructive role, but to wage cultural war upon those social and political elements which they regarded as traditional oppressors or contemporary rivals.  Especially as seen in the youth rebellion of the 1960’s and 1970’s, they advanced the historical absurdity that earlier generations and institutions should be judged by their failure to conform to ethical standards that had become politically correct only in the late twentieth century.  In short, they declared the past to be irrelevant, except as a basis for allotting blame to their domestic rivals and compensatory favors to groups (potential allies) who had fared badly.

           Thus, America is now deeply involved in a fundamentally divisive culture war.  What that war’s outcome will be, for America and the World, is yet to be determined.

 

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1)     In Response to Fr. Goodrow

2)     The Sophomoric Illusion

3)     Probability, Proportion, Perspective

4)     Morals, Military and Intellectuals

5)     Academic Critics of Viet Nam

6)     Naming the Game

7)     Honor America

8)     The Enemy Outside

9)     Quality Education

10)     General Education

11)     Social Critics

12)     Priorities

13)     Defeat At Home

14)     The Nature of Man

15)     Dividing America

16)     Meanings of Violence

17)     Only to God

18)     University of Chicago Magazine-Letter

19)     Dare We Negotiate?

20)     Participatory Democracy

21)     Intellectuals Foster Crime?

22)     Conservative, Liberal: Parts of Human Nature

23)     Marxism’s Most Appealing to Elite

24)     Contemporary Crime Rooted in Youth Culture?

25)     Has America’s Youth Rebellion Run Its Course?

26)     Rifkin Contender for Spencer Title

27)     Beware Intellectuals’ Influence

28)     Confessions of Michael Straight

29)     Prayer Issue, A Symbolic One

30)     Nouveaux Savants’ Wage Cultural War

31)     Various Letters to National Pub.