Culture War

How the Right Has Turned Everything Into a Culture War — And Why That’s Terrible for Our Democracy By Joshua Holland, AlterNet, February 28, 2012 – Today, conservatives have a social argument for every subject of debate – everything has become part of the culture wars…the intermingling of social and concrete issues has accelerated in the age of Obama… today cultural narratives dominate conservatives’ arguments. This is not just a matter of academic interest. It’s helping to fuel the growing reality-gap between conservatives and liberals – and not just because we continue to see these issues as matters of substantive policy while increasingly they see them as cultural. It’s also because people tend to be more defensive about social issues, and less likely to be open to counter-arguments or new information.

Conservative Bullying Has Made America Into a Broken, Dysfunctional Family But There Are Ways to Regain Our Well-Being By Sara Robinson, AlterNet, March 20, 2012

Jonathan Haidt Explains Our Contentious Culture, Moyers & Company, February 3, 2012

Wedge issues

Why are “Wedge Issues” Essential to Republican Rule?, Submitted by BuzzFlash on 07/23/2006


Welcome to the Shari’ah Conspiracy Theory Industry by Sarah Posner, Religion Dispatches, March 13, 2011 - How the American right demonizes Islam for political gain
… a cottage industry of anti-Muslim fearmongers…who have cultivated a wide-ranging conspiracy theory that totalitarian Islamic radicals are bent on infiltrating America, displacing the Constitution, and subverting Western-style democracy in the U.S. and around the globe… It’s surely no accident, then, that President Obama (depicted on the right as a crypto-socialist and crypto-Muslim) is seen as being in league with this imaginary threat.

Regional differences

As Texas Goes By Gail Collins reviewed by Erica Grieder, New York Times, July 2, 2012

Conservative Southern Values Revived: How a Brutal Strain of American Aristocrats Have Come to Rule America By Sara Robinson,  AlterNet, June 28, 2012

Do People Get Less Religious When Societies Grow More Egalitarian?, By Amanda Marcotte, AlterNet, June 25, 2012

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