Alguns artigos dos meu amigos Renato Vicente, Nestor Caticha e colaboradores. Imagino que colocaram o último, sobre culture wars, depois que o Serra apelou para táticas terroristas religiosas na internet. Será?
The cultural war in America is between two sides that go by different names. The most common are Conservative vs. Liberal, Right vs. Left, and Republicans vs. Democrats.
ORTHODOX VS. PROGRESSIVE
Professor James Davison Hunter has written several books on the cultural war. He uses the terms “orthodox” and “progressive” to decribe the two sides in his book, Culture Wars: The Struggle to Define America. He has chosen his words carefully to depict each side. “Orthodox” gives a feeling of respect for past, time-honored traditions. “Progressives” captures how liberals see themselves — optimistic, creative and making progress away from old-fashioned virtues and toward a brave new world with constantly changing rules and values.
The inside cover of his book says “Abortion, funding for the arts, women’s rights — the list of controversies that divide our nation runs long and each one cuts deep. This book shows that these issues are not isolated from one another but are, in fact, part of a fabric of conflict which constitutes nothing short of a struggle over the meaning of America.”
“Culture Wars presents a riveting account of how Christian fundamentalists, Orthodox Jews, and conservative Catholics have joined forces in a fierce battle against their progressive counterparts — secularists, reform Jews, liberal Catholics and Protestants — as each struggles to gain control over such fields of conflict as the family, art, education, law and politics. Not since the Civil War has there been such fundamental disagreement over basic assumptions about truth, freedom, and our national identity.” The public debates “are topics of dispute at the corporate cocktail party and the factory cafeteria alike, in the high school civics classroom, in the church lounge after the weekly sermon, and at the kitchen table over the evening meal. Few of us leave these discussions without ardently voicing our own opinions on the matter at hand. Such passion is completely understandable. These are, after all, discussions about what is fundamentally right and wrong about the world we live in — about what is ultimately good what is finally intolerable in our communities.”