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Culture Is Downstream of Politics

Top Stories of the Year: #2 I’ve been counting down the top stories of the year, looking back at the big events of 2018 and reviewing my coverage of them. Andrew Breitbart famously said that politics is downstream of culture. But if he had lived to see the art and entertainment in 2018, he might […]

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Into the Grey Areas

Top Stories of the Year: #5 It’s time to count down the top five stories of the year, looking back at the big events of 2018 and reviewing my coverage of them. Last year, one of the top stories was the Great Sexual Harassment Awakening, which was rapidly turning into the Great Sexual Harassment panic. […]

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The Art of Balkanization

I argued a while back that the increasingly dominant character of the art championed by our cultural elites is didacticism: “an absence of substantial or profound artistic content, compensated for by loud, didactic political messaging. We know what we’re supposed to feel, whether or not the work of art actually makes us feel it.” By […]

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The Age of Didacticism

My plan for the Culture War is that culture wins. If we have people trying to promote competing values, and we always will, at least they can promote them by creating interesting and worthwhile cultural products—art, architecture, novels, poems, movies, television, etc.—that entice us with their unique vision of how we might choose to live. […]

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You’re Consenting to Sex Wrong

I’m not the first to observe that a lot of modern feminism consists of loud sloganeering about women’s choice and empowerment—behind which there is a small subset of women looking down on other women and telling them that they’re making the wrong choices. If you don’t believe me, try being a conservative woman (especially one […]

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“Sexual Misconduct”

The Great Sexual Harassment Awakening has run aground on the shoals of…Aziz Ansari? Yeah, I wasn’t expecting that, either. A recap seems in order. Last year, in the least unexpected revelation ever, big-shot Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was exposed as a sleazy casting couch predator. This led to the public exposure of a whole bunch […]

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