But this reductive impulse tends to obscure a more fundamental debate—one that gets to the heart of what it means to be human. Both Reddit reactionaries and social justice activists are, in two very different ways, combatting the idea that human nature is ultimately rational and disembodied: that we are minds first, and bodies second. Each accuses the other of similar crimes: namely, belief in a naive, false conception of human freedom. Social justice culture is quick to dismiss perhaps fairly the kind of biological determinism common in atavistic circles: we can transcend our bodies and our chromosomes, this culture insists, but we cannot transcend our environment, the structures and hierarchies into which we were born. Each group, then, is accusing the other of a kind of hubris: an unwillingness to confront our own limitations. I n , for example, Steven Pinker published The Blank Slate , in which he argued— with recourse to plenty of biology and neuroscience—that we are not simply Rational Minds, each identical in its capacity for reason and altruism.
Culture Wars in Contemporary US Society
The Trump Illusion and the American Culture War | HuffPost
World War II touched virtually every part of American life, even things so simple as the food people ate, the films they watched, and the music they listened to. The war, especially the effort of the Allies to win it, was the subject of songs, movies, comic books, novels, artwork, comedy routines—every conceivable form of entertainment and culture. Moreover, in many cases these works and their creators were actually part of the war effort. Image: Courtesy of Warner Brothers, Inc. The prospect of another world war began creeping into the American imagination even before the attack on Pearl Harbor. These stories reflected the growing anxiety in America about the war and how it might affect their lives. Some people worried that the movie was too political and risked damaging the fragile neutrality of the United States in Europe.
Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America by James Davison Hunter
It is imperative that we preserve our cultural heritage throughout the storms of life. Doing so during times of peace is probably easier than during times of war, but it is also easier to lose traces of a culture during conflict. Unfortunately, cultural heritage is often a victim of violence and wars, regardless of era.
Unfortunately, the book proves to be misleading in a profound way. It ignores or fails to address the central issue. Hartman chronicles the dark side of the culture war, which shocked America and resulted in the largest mass-mailing in congressional history. It was an era marked by no-nothing rants from much of the political left and right. Congressional sub-committee hearings, firings of directors, curators, defunding of federal and state agencies, foundations, museums, universities and a hostile reaction from the print and electronic media—all of this reached its apogee when President George H.