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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2) The Sophomoric Illusion
3) Probability, Proportion, Perspective
6) Naming the Game
7) Honor America
11) Social Critics
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.