100 years of the culture war

Sep 18, 2021 by

by Frank Furedi, spiked: Today’s battles over identity and values have deep roots. For almost two decades, I have been attempting to understand the origins and drivers of the culture war that has now engulfed the West. Many paint it as a continuation of the age-old conflict between left and right. But that is misleading. If anything, today’s cultural conflicts, be they arguments over statues or gender identity, coincide with the erosion of traditional ideological differences. Indeed, we...

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‘We are living through a cultural meltdown’

Aug 10, 2021 by

with Brendan O’Neill and Melanie Phillips, spiked: Battles over identity are raging across the West – over race, sexuality, sex and gender. Long-held ideas about society, history, even biology, are being swiftly overturned. What connects all these things together? And are today’s culture-war debates really all they seem? In the showdown between radical feminists and trans activists, for instance, are we actually seeing one form of identity politics fight it out with another? Melanie...

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It’s the Reformation all over again

Aug 4, 2021 by

by Ed West, UnHerd: Back in the olden days of football, Celtic manager Jock Stein said that, if he was offered the choice of two players, one Protestant and one Catholic, he would sign the Protestant “because I know Rangers would never sign the Catholic.” The city’s Protestant club held faster to the tradition of refusing to sign Catholic players, not broken until 1989 with Mo Johnstone. We call such thinking bigotry today, from the Norman French bigot, an excessively religious person, but...

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Muggeridge On the Decline of Civilisations

Jul 20, 2021 by

by Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch: Prophetic insights from Muggeridge on the decay of cultures: When I penned a brief biographical piece on the great Malcolm Muggeridge two days ago, I did not envisage it turning into a trilogy. But yesterday I wrote about his views on suffering. I mentioned that this was one of several clear themes found in his writings. Another was that of civilisational decline. That second article is found here:...

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Can Britain survive the woke wave?

Jul 12, 2021 by

by Matthew Goodwin, UnHerd: Back in 1963 a landmark study by academics Gabriel Almond and Sidney Verba called, The Civic Culture, looked into why the British did not follow the Germans and the Italians into the abyss of fascism, and why communism has similarly failed to take root here. They concluded that the country’s political culture made it inhospitable to radical ideologies. The British didn’t do ideology. Decades later, and Britain seems a more hospitable place for foreign ideologies,...

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The Krays would blush at Stop Funding Hate!

Jul 12, 2021 by

by Richard Littlejohn, Mailonline: Today’s social justice warriors will be horrified when I compare them to Ron and Reg… but their tactics are basically the same. Two goons in dark suits walk into an East End boozer, followed by a man with a Crombie draped over his shoulders. They ask the terrified barman to fetch the landlord. Drinkers fall silent. Some head for the door. ‘Nice little place you’ve got here,’ Crombie tells Mine Host. ‘Wouldn’t want...

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