This article has a US slant because the Wars of Culture are being fought hardest in the US. The article is relevant however to the wider world in the 21st. Century.
This Culture War We’re In
Posted by Daniel Greenfield
How are wars won?
To win a war you don’t need to kill every soldier on the other side. What you need to do is destroy the other army as an organized force. You destroy the ability of the officers to command and the morale of the men. You destroy their perception of the worth of their side and of their own self-worth.
All wars are culture wars. To win you must destroy the values of the other side. (That is one reason why we’re losing to Islam no matter how many times we beat them on the battlefield.) You must destroy their sense of purpose and the values instilled in them to break them as an organization.
That is what the secular progressive left bloc left has been doing to the rest of us.
This culture war we’re in is slow and subtle. It’s not always as loud and as obvious as the 1960-70s counterculture was. The purpose of the counterculture was to shatter the dominant culture. Once that was done, the culture could be slowly cannibalized at will until the counterculture became the culture.
And then it was no longer about freedom or free anything, those were the disruptive tools used to drive youth recruitment with a facade of anarchy, and it became about conformity and control. This culture of conformity and control is still being sold as ‘rebellious’ when it’s just the establishment.
We no longer have a culture. We have a counterculture that occasionally masquerades as the culture.
But it’s not over yet by a long chalk.
Progressivism is un-natural and an anathema to nature. Progressivism is akin to a virus. It needs a host to survive and propagate but ultimately has to destroy both the host and therefore itself.
So what is this war of culture and how are wars actually won?
War , to paraphrase Clausewitz is the extension of politics by other means. To win war including a Cultural War such as the one that has been raging in the West for half a century, not every enemy has to be destroyed. One only has to destroy the ability of an enemy to organise, communicate and enforce its will. Destroy the morale of an enemy by hijacking the language and you render that enemy mute. Use the law to force the enemy into stasis and compliance. Undermine the cultural tenants of an enemy and you destroy the will to resist and capture the enemy’s next generation. Destroy the enemy’s perception of their self worth and sew dissension and doubt in the shibboleths of the enemy and they crumble before you. Welcome to Culture Wars.
Under the Australian cardinal’s leadership, the Vatican bank has been cleaned up and cleaned out
Australian Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy, gestures as he leaves the morning session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 13, 2014. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Shortly after George Pell was named Archbishop of Melbourne, he instituted several reforms at the archdiocesan seminary, including daily Mass and the daily celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours, both of which had fallen by the wayside in the preceding years. The seminary faculty, enthusiastic proponents of Catholic Lite, thought to call the archbishop’s bluff and informed him that, were he to persist in such draconian measures, they would resign en masse.
The archbishop thanked them for the courtesy of giving him a heads-up, accepted their resignations on the spot, and got on with the reform of the Melbourne seminary—and the rest of the archdiocese. George Pell proved that such action was not a fluke and went on to cleaned out and cleaned up the Sydney archdiocese as well.
There is a monster on the loose in the tropical Pacific. It’s name is ‘Pam’ and it is a category 5 storm with winds in excess of 300 Km/Hr (185 MPH) and waves of 8 metres (26 feet) and torrential rain. ‘Pam’ has trashed the Solomon Islands just South of the Equator as it tracks towards Vanuatu, which is on Red Alert the highest state of Civil Defence.
Yes it’s Cyclone season ‘down under’. Unlike Atlantic hurricanes that tend to weaken over land where people live , the sparse landmasses of the Pacific Islands offer no such relief from Pacific monster storms. Vanuatu is expected to feel the full brunt of ‘Pam’ as it slides SE across warm Pacific waters. Fortunately ‘Pam’s’ current track threads the needle between the Island Nations of Fiji and French New Caledonia. Even so ‘Pam’s’ winds and rain will rip up these popular tourist destinations.
The question of how to win at Rock-Paper-Scissors has, believe it or not, plagued mathematicians and game theorists for quite some time. While they previously had devised a theoretical answer to the question, a new experiment by University in China Zhijian Wang Zhejiang that used real players, has revealed an interesting wrinkle to the original theory. Continue reading