Culture Wars

Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections)

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Sun, 01/29/2017 - 12:03

"In this timely, carefully reasoned social history of the United States, the New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and God Is Not One places today’s heated culture wars within the context of a centuries-long struggle of right versus left and religious versus secular to reveal how, ultimately, liberals always win.

A War for the Soul of America: A History of the Culture Wars

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Sat, 01/28/2017 - 21:10

"When Patrick Buchanan took the stage at the Republican National Convention in 1992 and proclaimed, “There is a religious war going on for the soul of our country,” his audience knew what he was talking about: the culture wars, which had raged throughout the previous decade and would continue until the century’s end, pitting conservative and religious Americans against their liberal, secular fellow citizens. It was an era marked by polarization and posturing fueled by deep-rooted anger and insecurity.

Waking from the Dream: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Sat, 01/28/2017 - 21:02

"The author of A Stone of Hope, called “one of the three or four most important books on the civil rights movement” by The Atlantic Monthly, turns his attention to the years after Martin Luther King’s assassination—and provides a sweeping history of the struggle to keep the civil rights movement alive and to realize King’s vision of an equal society.

The Republican Brain: The Science of Why They Deny Science--and Reality

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Sun, 01/22/2017 - 13:58

"Bestselling author Chris Mooney uses cutting-edge research to explain the psychology behind why today’s Republicans reject reality—it's just part of who they are.

From climate change to evolution, the rejection of mainstream science among Republicans is growing, as is the denial of expert consensus on the economy, American history, foreign policy and much more. Why won't Republicans accept things that most experts agree on? Why are they constantly fighting against the facts?

Ideas with Consequences: The Federalist Society and the Conservative Counterrevolution

Submitted by TWIRIMaster on Sun, 01/15/2017 - 17:19

"There are few intellectual movements in modern American political history more successful than the Federalist Society. Created in 1982 to counterbalance what its founders considered a liberal legal establishment, the organization gradually evolved into the conservative legal establishment, and membership is all but required for any conservative lawyer who hopes to enter politics or the judiciary. It claims 40,000 members, including four Supreme Court Justices, dozens of federal judges, and every Republican attorney general since its inception. But its power goes even deeper.