Culture War 4.0," in which, among other things, we describe how Twisted Sister explains the culture wars.The most interesting part, from my perspective, is this passage:
"The culture war will always be with us. There are always people who want to change the culture and an establishment that wants to ward off these insurgents. The Sad Puppies are just the Salon des Refusés with different players--and what were the Renaissance and Enlightenment, if not one giant culture war? But there is some good that comes of it, as well.
"The culture wars of the past produced great achievements in art, architecture, literature, and science as the opposing parties strove to demonstrate that they had more to offer and deserved the people's admiration and loyalty. Those culture wars gave us Michelangelo's David, Galileo's science, Milton's 'Paradise Lost,' the Declaration of Independence and the First Amendment, and the movement for the abolition of slavery.
"Culture wars are at their best when both sides have to rely on persuasion to win people's hearts and minds. Culture wars are at their worst when they turn into an excuse for censorship and conformity."
I'll be discussing this piece when I host The Federalist Radio Hour this afternoon, broadcasting from 3:00 to 4:00 Central, 4:00 to 5:00 Eastern. I'll also be looking at the case of the Christian baker in Oregon and talking with conservative pundit turned congressional candidate Mike Flynn. Please tune in.--RWT
"Girls in pink 'with dolls' are basically out, as are boys in blue playing 'with technical toys.' In ads showing both adult women and men, females cannot be depicted as 'hysterical,' 'stupid' or 'naive' alongside men presented as 'technically skilled,' 'strong' or 'business savvy.' Adult women--featured alone or otherwise--must not be shown 'occupied in the household with pleasure.' And in one stipulation pounced upon by critics, the equal-opportunity board of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg--home to Checkpoint Charlie and remnants of the Berlin Wall--no longer wants to see images of women 'smiling for no reason.'"
"I shall continue to regard it as my duty to use whatever means may be necessary to supplement state, local, and private agencies for the relief of suffering caused by unemployment. With respect to this question, I have recognized the dangers inherent in the direct giving of relief and have sought the means to provide not mere relief but the opportunity for useful and remunerative work. We shall, in the process of recovery, seek to move as rapidly as possible from direct relief to publicly supported work, and from that to the rapid restoration of private employment."
"We are not content to accept the endless growth of relief rolls or welfare rolls. We want to offer the forgotten fifth of our people opportunity and not doles. Our American answer to poverty is not to make the poor more secure in their poverty but to reach down and to help them lift themselves out of the ruts of poverty and move with the large majority along the high road of hope and prosperity."
"People could pursue a lot of activities that are not particularly well paid but that have a lot of social use or personal satisfaction: art, creative work, volunteer work, working with people who have disabilities. So if we were a very rich world, which I think we are to a certain degree, it would be a remarkable way to make sure that people could maximize their ability to express themselves but also maximize their ability to participate in the communities that they live in in a full way. Stay home and take care of kids if that's what you want to do. Take care of your parents when they're old and sick."