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Gloom, doom and the FCC

Here’s a claim that 99.8 percent of FCC indecency complaints were filed by a single activist group. The facts seem a little confused, but the evident general inactivity on the conservative side of the issue is the sort of thing the “conservative trend” in American life amounts to. The truth is that there isn’t a culture war to speak of, let alone a “radical religious right.” What we see instead is unrelenting cultural revolution that the majority resists inconsistently, sporadically, mostly passively, and invariably unsuccessfully. The victories of cultural conservatism, the recent referenda on “gay marriage” for example, simply amount to a few symbolic instances in which the cultural Left hasn’t won as quickly and effortlessly as experience has taught them to expect. They’re just speed bumps on the road to the glorious future they envision.

In substance, as we’ve noted here at Turnabout, the revolution amounts to the annihilation of culture as a local, autonomous, historically-developed complex, and corresponding institutions like the family that make it possible for ordinary people to lead a dignified and decent life, and their replacement by the unlimited rule of rationalized formal institutions like world markets and centralized—preferably global—bureaucracy. As such, all organized power, all recognized institutional authority, and all certified expert thought supports it. It’s what you hear from every reputable authority. It is, after all, a revolution whose function it is to make the power of established public power absolute beyond the dreams of any despot since the Chinese Legalists. So why shouldn’t established public power support it?

In the end the revolution will fail, because revolutions that try to transform human nature always fail. Nonetheless, the fight against it has hardly begun, and the weaker the fight and the longer the delay the more destruction we will see. The future may combine the worst features of post-Soviet Russia with those of the post-Communist Balkans. Our job is to do everything we can to head off that future.