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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The "Culture Wars": A Dialogue

While I'm on the topic, those who are interested in the so-called "culture wars" may enjoy a couple of posts on the wonderful Law, Religion, and Ethics blog.  The first is from my friend Steve Smith at USD, who worries about the culture wars.  I find the comments on his post quite revealing; is America really "rotting from within?"  I doubt it -- or at least, I see nothing more in the current supposed "rot" than the eternal changes and disputes about those changes inherent in a living culture -- but others, no doubt on both sides of the political divide, seem convinced otherwise.

The second is my response to Steve, arguing that there is little reason to worry about the word "culture" in the phrase "culture wars" and some reason to worry about the word "war."  Having dashed it off a little quickly, I end a little didactically, which is unfortunate, but otherwise I'm pretty comfortable with the post.  Enjoy, and feel free to take sides.

Posted by Paul Horwitz on July 21, 2010 at 11:09 AM in Paul Horwitz | Permalink


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Paul, nice post. My own impression, for what it's worth, is that the "all or nothing" position is more common on the "left", but that could be because my impressions of the "right" come mainly from, well, people like me. =-).

Posted by: Rick Garnett | Jul 21, 2010 4:27:58 PM

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