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Culture War or No?

I’ve been arguing for years against the notion that the culture war is over-or fated to fade. A culture war may not be the best thing for our country, but as I see it, we’ll be enduring one for the indefinite future nonetheless. In that sense, it was gratifying to see Robin Toner’s piece on the front page of the New York Times “Week in Review” section. Toner acknowledged that our culture war is “back” in full flower. (As far as I’m concerned, it never went away.) In “Wishing Away the Culture War,” http://www.policyreview.org/jun01/kurtz.html I explain most clearly and completely why the culture war will not disappear. But take a look at this three year old piece, “We’ve Only Just Begun.” There I not only took on the New York Times and Andrew Sullivan for claiming that the culture wars were over, I also pointed to the newly filed Goodridge case in Massachusetts as the key to the future of the culture war.

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