The Forever Culture War

Source: The Atlantic
by Shadi Hamid

“The future of American politics is taking shape, and it is frightening. I, along with many others, thought — or at least hoped — that Joe Biden’s tenure in the White House would allow enough Americans to unspool themselves from the daily efforts of outrage and apocalyptic thinking. Biden was bland enough that politics could revert to something more measured than it had been under his predecessor, Donald Trump. This was wishful thinking. Politics seems more existential, not less. Pundits and partisans cast everything as a culture war, even those things that have little to do with culture. … In retrospect, it was a mistake to think that the sheer intensity of recent political debate was unusual or temporary, when it is likely to be neither.” (01/08/22)