If you want to
understand the Culture War, you need to appreciate the
ideology, methods, and goals of radical feminism. And to understand feminism, you must
Marxist philosophy and the history of the
Soviet Union. On this last point, I recommend Joshua Muravchik's highly-readable book,
Heaven on Earth.
Future historians will note the Culture War took an
important turn in the November 2 elections. Sensing their
political standing was on the wane, the
to pull out all the stops in a last-ditch effort to
reverse the course of history. Of course they lost the
gamble, and now the Leftists are seething with bitterness
But in another sense, the battle has only just begun. To this point in time, most Americans have been bystanders
in the conflict, hoping the struggle for America's soul
would somehow leave their own lives unscathed.
There is more to the Culture War than radical feminism,
of course. David Horowitz at the Center for the Study of
Popular Culture has charted the broad outlines of that
multi-faceted conflict. But probe the inner workings of
the Leftist movement, and there you will find a feminist
heartbeat, pumping hard and strong.
We have now passed the point of no return. Too many
unborn children have been felled at the abortionist's
hand. Too many infants are warehoused in day care centers. Too many women have been ridiculed for heeding their
maternal instincts. And too many men have been unfairly
stereotyped and falsely accused.
Feminist philosophy now envelopes the mainstream media
and the academy. The divisive voice of the Sisterhood can
be heard as well in our workplaces, schools, and even in
Not even our religious beliefs are immune. Feminists
view religion in general, and Christianity in particular,
as hopelessly patriarchal. So they have sought to
marginalize religion, forcing persons to think twice
before they exclaim, "Merry Christmas!"
There is little about contemporary feminism that can
legitimately be viewed as promoting gender equality. Now,
the quest for equality has been replaced by neo-Marxist
rhetoric of female "liberation" and "empowerment".
Last week columnist Lydia Lovric at the
launched this salvo: "One of the biggest lies perpetuated
by modern-day feminists is the contention that feminism is
about equality. Feminists aren't interested in equality. What they want is revenge."
Visit the websites of the
National Organization for
Women or the Feminist Majority,
and you will see the feminist utopia will not be a world
that takes kindly to men.
What worries me most is the feminist hegemony at the
United Nations. There,
feminists rely on a "top-down"
strategy to impose their ideology on countries throughout
the world. It began with CEDAW, the Convention on the
Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. Now
fem-socialist ideology permeates many of the UN agencies.
To put this in historical perspective, a mere 20 years
ago, 70 countries around the world considered themselves
to be Communist, socialist, or social democratic. Then in
1991 the Soviet Empire imploded. Now socialism is receding
in all corners of the globe.
But I predict the struggle to counter feminism will be
more difficult than the fight against Communism. Why? Because while socialism relied on political, economic, and
military tactics, feminism targets the chinks in persons'
emotional armor. It preys on women's sense of fear and
anger, and on men's feelings of guilt and shame.
Have you ever wondered why the Leftists are so intent
on enacting speech codes and so-called "hate speech" laws? Because freedom of speech poses the most formidable
obstacle to the continued metastasis of Political
Correctness. And therein lies the secret to winning the
So here's a New Year's Resolution for all of us. I
admit, it's deceptively simple:
Call your elected officials.
Write a letter
to the editor.
Talk to your
friends and neighbors.
Our consciences are insisting that we cannot afford to
remain as silent onlookers while the Culture War continues
to rage. Me? I'm doing this for the sake of my kids and