18 August 2011

In response to Ta-Nehisi Coates's recent post "This Culture War Is Over: We Win":

I wish I could believe this, sir. The position of Jews in Germany in 1930 looked pretty good on the face of it--lots of Jewish doctors, professors, politicians; plenty of integrated marriages with non-Jews; a lively Jewish culture in Berlin and other cities. The last burst of anti-Jewish violence was more than a hundred years ago.

The temptation for America's gay people to declare victory in the culture wars is hard to resist today. But it is pernicious: we could lose everything in a general social upheaval--which is hard not to see coming in today's economy.

One of Ta-Nehisi's commenters seemed to understand the problem:

"The right-wing are the only truly invested party, and thus only they can claim victory. The culture war is over when they say it's over."

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