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The United States is a large nation of 333 million people with a welter of regional, ethnic, racial, immigrant, urban, suburban, and rural subcultures. At the same time, there is a national culture that is dividing into “mainstream” and “white conservative” wings. Indeed, cultural division is becoming as much a feature of American life asContinue reading “The Changing Cultural Mainstream: Set-Up”
On Monday, Oct. 11, Jon Gruden resigned as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders as a result of bigoted emails sent to buddy Bruce Allen who was then president of the Washington “Redskins.” I’ve always had a soft spot for the Raiders and especially loved Jack Tatum, Willie Brown, Kenny Stabler, and the roughhousing, toughContinue reading “Culture, Not “Cancel Culture””
Trump voters are creating a “herrenvolk” political culture where white conservatism has a symbolic anchor in “simple” and “authentic” patriotic gestures like the Flag, the Pledge, and the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Like conservatives everywhere, Trump voters have a hunger for tradition as a guarantee of their moral rightness, but conservative political traditions and historical figures haveContinue reading “The Herrenvolk Right”
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