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Last updated on July 13th, 2017 at 07:11 am
Ray Cassin – 27 years in journalism; never turned a memorable phrase – wishes an end to cultural warfare:
The thought that the culture war is over, and that Janet Albrechtsen, Christopher Pearson, Gerard Henderson, Piers Akerman, Andrew Bolt et al can be left baying impotently at the moon while the rest of Australia gets on with life may comfort some. It is tempting to agree with George Miller, who declared at the AFI awards last week that sunny and wiser days are ahead.
But culture wars, like the war on terror in which the culture warriors have invested so much ink and newsprint, do not have definitive conclusions. We may be living in sunny and wiser days, but they are at most a time of truce for the drawing of new battle lines, not a general peace.
Cassin – like poor Margo, who imagines Maxine McKew’s victory in a redistributed Bennelong signals the “culture war won” – confuses cultural with political. I suspect the reason so many on the left are rushing to claim a 6% electoral swing as cultural victory is because, in the distinct arena of culture wars, they keep getting thrashed. They want the game over.