"(Big “c”) Conservatism’s preferences for gradual rates of social and cultural change, strong religious faith, and the belief that history, tradition, hierarchy, and authority provide better modes of organizing human affairs than Liberal individualism are at odds with the university, which means they’re also at odds with the Liberal sphere of influence."
Due process is about the relationship between the state and a citizen in terms of the former’s authority and the latter’s rights. But the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing has nothing to do with a clear, definite understanding of due process. The confirmation process is a political, not a legal procedure, slapped together by Congressional staffers. The stakes may be high in this process, but there are no rules established by law to govern them. General notions of “fairness” may be more appropriate when discussing how Kavanaugh should be treated, but “due process” isn’t required to be one of them.
How culture war works is obvious. It weaponizes beliefs. It's about not thinking too much. It’s about staking claims on complex issues as if our own lived and immediate experiences were enough. Culture war doesn't have or need a reading list. It can't be complex. The simpler the better. Thus we're all culture warriors because we’re all pissed off about something, and being pissed off now is its own kind of deep, unshakable truth. Conversations with people who disagree with us don’t matter. Data shows those people aren't part of our lives anyway.
The 241 to 194 advantage House Republicans have over Democrats was seemingly a sure deathblow to the signature achievement of the last administration. Indeed, the GOP was complacent with no help at all from Democrats. But Republicans’ range of likely to pass alternatives arrived with what I call a "Ryan's Choice."
Here are a few analysis and prediction-heavy notes spinning out of what Democrats may eventually come to see as the most damaging event of this election cycle.
The idea at the heart of this skit—the remedy that everything needs more of—is a prime example of ideology revealed (or exposed) through popular culture. Likewise, the idea that the ultimate cure for an ailment or problem is necessarily more of what has already been tried (with unclear results, or, sometimes, plain failure) has evolved into an essential facet of post-Cold War cultural values.
People who can't get that periods can be used in different ways and contexts are as annoying as young people who say “I don't know what that is” when a person or event outside their immediate experience is mentioned, as if that kind of ignorance could (and should) actually be a virtue.
The decline of fossil-fuel based (post)industrial economy is a much more likely threat to complex society than the nuclear war that rapidly simplifies Mad Max's world.
An American Bangkok is essentially impossible now, as we've demystified the American City, as such. Every American city (even New Orleans) is essentially and thoroughly a neoliberal city now, where "government is run like a business."
Hillary pulling The Democrat Party rightward and Bernie pulling it leftward make it hard to know what a traditional Democrat or liberal looks like anymore.