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Why America’s culture war is bad for everybody

October 9, 2008

As I posted earlier, the “culture wars” seem to consist of conservatives labelling things they don’t like as “liberal”, safe in the belief that “liberal” equals “evil” and “dangerous”.  Whenever I see the phrase “culture wars” used in an editorial, it’s usually a conservative writer leading up to a diatribe on the dangers of recognising same-sex relationships, or the evils of enabling women to make decisions about their fertility, or some other issue designed to attract emotional responses and divert attention to the reeking mess of the world that has been wrought by … conservatives.

Anyway, in his Guardian column, Timothy Garton Ash presents a far more articulate explanation of why the “culture wars” are dangerous than I am able to do.

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