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Hey Useful Idiots,
From Twitter to the corporate Sunday shows, it seems that in the past few weeks, a dump truck has unloaded on top of me an unending shower of garbage about the Culture Wars. Check out this tweet that popped up on my timeline from someone on the “left:”
And, after wiping the last remnants of trash out of my hair, I responded: what has any of that done to help actual Americans? the sick, hungry, or poor? The culture war, a tool used by the elites to divide the masses against each other, serves as a perfect distraction to, as Norman Finkelstein says, “derail, deflect, and diffuse a radical class-based politics.”
In April, Bud Light and the Trump indictment monopolized the airwaves while Biden’s decision to let Medicaid end for millions of Americans and reports of rampant government censorship snuck by unspoken in mainstream media.
Similarly, Useful Idiots guest Christian Parenti explained why the Democrats in power don’t help the people of East Palestine, even though doing so could ensure a landslide win over Republicans in a battleground state: “They’re afraid of the slippery slope. That if you give anything to working class interests, there’s the threat of a good example.” Because a win over the other faction of the ruling class isn’t actually the goal; the real win is dividing and conquering the rest.
So for this Absurd Arena, let’s be like our bipartisan Congress and play war games about the Culture War. How have they affected you? Do you see any significant importance in them? Do you agree with the idea that they’re a (extremely effective) distraction from issues affecting Americans?
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