I’m feeling a conviction to reform my language when it comes to culture, specifically when I say that the left owns it. While I believe it’s true that the left dictates the flow of society through its running of major institutions — such as the press, higher academia, and Hollywood —, I don’t believe it’s necessarily accurate to depict that as them owning the culture. That would be giving them too much credit for something they’ve destroyed, not created.
For the left to dominate culture — as we often say they do— they’ve essentially created a society based upon formless destruction. Everything has become fluid. There are no lasting traditions or customs. Stories, movies, and comedy focus on following an equity checklist as opposed to creating something of lasting worth. The family is being destroyed. Religion has become what you make of it. Gender is whatever you feel like. And not only are our children being indoctrinated in all of this, they’re actively being used as guinea pigs.
There is no foundation. What exists is only institutional controlled chaos. What the media says goes. What academia instructs goes. What Hollywood portrays goes. And what exactly is it that these institutions say, instruct, and portray? It’s all a hodgepodge of square pegs being forced into round holes. That’s not culture, that’s destruction.
This is why the “culture war” is not some side distraction that we should ignore. Perhaps it’s time to stop viewing it explicitly as a “war,” though. War implies that two competing forces are colliding with each other. But if it’s true that the left’s “culture” is a mess of worthlessness, then this would also mean that they have no true presence upon the cultural battlefield. There is simply a void. And since the left owns the institutions that can theoretically fill this void, they do so by incessantly covering it with rainbow-colored and BLM-labeled band-aids, calling that culture.
If true, then, the solution is not to look at the current society, despise it, and subsequently prepare for a head-on war to “take back the culture” — the culture is actually there for the taking; or rather, in this case, the filling. But it will take work. To take it, we must determine to fill the void through building of our own. To build, both literally and figuratively. Create more, complain less.
If you believe most modern art to be ugly and meaningless, then create art that adds purpose. If you believe modern architecture dispenses of the beautiful in favor of the expedient, then build something that people can’t stop looking at. If you think our current stories are garbage, full of ideas that don’t represent you or what you want believe in, create ones that do.
Engaging in all of the above is not the same as engaging in a combative or even aggressive war. And nor is it necessarily a defensive one, though some defensive elements certainly apply. Mainly, however, it’s creating something good and beautiful where something ugly and purposeless currently resides. It’s the creation of genuine culture, when what currently exists is societal destruction.