'Elite interests want us to focus not on ‘bread and butter’ economic issues, but on fighting vituperative culture wars, which create much social division, but maintain the neo-liberal status quo.
Halloween never used to be that big an occasion when I was a child growing up in Britain in the 1970s, but that's certainly not the case now. It's not the only scary thing we've imported from across the Pond.
Look at how US-style identity politics and culture wars have gained ground in recent years.
Forty years ago the big political debates were economic. Keynes vs Friedman. Smith vs. Marx. Tony Benn and Sir Keith Joseph, arguing, but very politely, on the Bristol to Paddington train. ‘He said I was a romantic about shop stewards, and I said he was romantic about market forces', Mr Benn recorded in his diary.
Today, the debate is about what words we can use to describe things. Being seen as either ‘politically correct'- or ‘sticking two fingers up at p.c' is deemed all important.
Even Brexit has become part of an increasingly rancorous liberal-left vs. alt-right culture war. Has anyone heard the nuanced, socialist case for Britain leaving the EU? You probably haven't because it doesn't fit the new paradigm imported from the US where everything nowadays is about culture and identity.
We can accurately talk about the George Sorosification of the liberal-left and the Steve Bannonisation of the Right in both the US and UK.
The pressure to join one side or the other and play the nationalist v globalist, liberal v conservative culture wars game is enormous. Nevertheless, it should be resisted.'
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