Thursday, January 11, 2007

The Culture Warrior

Get the Culture WarriorI listened to a Book on Tape by Mr. Bill O'Reilly of Fox News called The Culture Warrior. In this book, Mr. O'Reilly gives a short biography of his journalistic career where he saw a concerted effort on the part of the media to give traditional American culture the shaft. Seeing that the news was extremely onesided, Mr. O'Reilly realized correctly that there was a very big need for a balanced approach to news that brought out both conservative and progressive views. Mr. O'Reilly apparently remembered reading The Art of War in school (Both Machiavelli and Sun Tzu are in vogue). Anyway, Mr. O'Reilly took his career one step further. Rather than just filling a need, Mr. O'Reilly has declared himself a General Sun Tzu in the great Culture War. He further invites his readers to become Sun-Tzus in the culture war.

Bill O'Reilly makes some very good points in his work and is doing a world of service in showing how overboard the secular progressive left has become. The problem I find is that by declaring himself a General Sun Tzu, Mr. O'Reilly seems to have forgotten which culture he is fighting for.

Sun Tzu was a warlord from ancient China. His wisdom is a formula for armies to follow in their domination of other armies.

The Sun Tzu warlord model for organizing a society ends up pushing the vast majority of people into a state of subserviance with just a few powerful overlords that dominate.

The real strength of the American system is that we had found ways out of the system of domination and submission that characterizes most socio-economic systems. Conservatives who've become enamored with Machiavelli and Sun Tzu have a tendency to become part of the forces which are undermining the culture they claim to be defending.

How to put it another way?

There is something really wierd with the secular progressive movement.

If you start tracing back the trends of the secular progressive movement, you will find that it went through a similar fascination with alternative philosophies Machiavelli and Sun Tzu.

Both Machiavelli and Sun Tzu said wise things. The problem is that these things are out of sync with the classical liberal tradition. The conservatives who march off to defend traditional Amerrican against the evil secular progressives end up being part of the game that erodes the classical liberal traditions that made the United States great.

BTW, have you noticed that since O'Reilly came out with the Culture Warrior that secular progressives have come out with the same idea of being generals in the culture war.

Now, the theme of the culture war is that modern American society is divided into two warring factions. These are the traditional Americans and the secular progressives.

Again the problem with this type of thinking is that it is out of character with the founders of this nation who were hoping that we could reason through issues and not let the issue carve the deep divides that they do today.


Scott Hinrichs said...

I was given an O'Reilley book for my birthday. I'd heard Mr. O'Reilley on the radio a few times, but only a few. I simply couldn't get into the book. I like to think that I'm a conservative, but Mr. O'Reilley's approach simply didn't resonate with me. Your post gives me some idea as to why.

y-intercept said...

I liked numbering myself among the liberals, until I realized that the social progressives had completely destroyed the term and turned liberalism into its opposite. In the 1970s through 1990s, most of the Classical Liberals were voting Republican.

In recent years, the Art of War style conservatives and religious right have driven the classical liberals out of the Republican party. I really don't know what the future will hold.

Bill O'Reilly is correct that someone needs to stand up to the secular progressives, however his techniques really don't provide long term political solutions.

I really am not sure what the political make up of the future will be. There are lots of forces trying to pull us to extremes, when I think people really want to preserve the middle ground of the traditional classical liberal.

The Deseret Spectacle said...

I guess I'm missing it.

Since I'm so astonishingly ignorant and naive, I was wondering if you might blithely and dismissively tell me why it's funny I can't see the monstrous secular progressive monster which "culture warrior" O'Reilly is fighting off, and just what classic American traditions and values he, and yourself, are fighting for?