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Maybe your friends don’t share your views on Donald Trump. They call him the grossest person in the world. Maybe your friends don’t share your views on BLM. They think whites are due a comeuppance for systemic racism. Maybe your friends don’t share your views on LGBTQ-ism. They think we must tolerate, even celebrate, the whole rainbow of gender and sexuality.
So then, do you tell them you voted for Trump? That you think racism is not in the DNA of the American character? That traditional family structure is the most moral aspiration?
I hear it said that people should simply set aside politics and enjoy their friends — don’t allow political disagreements to foster alienation. Increasingly, however, that seems impossible to me, because “politics” is an inapt word to describe the collision of fundamental beliefs in the very nature of our world. To offer justification for the post-George Floyd violence and destruction, to insist that Donald Trump is a Hitlerian figure, to denounce family itself as the source of social ills — these are not matters of politics. It all strikes at the core of life as we know it.
As bumper-sticker discourse once memorably phrased it, “Western Civ has got to go!” Well, it’s on its way. We stand, amid unprecedented prosperity and leisure, at the edge of the abyss. Let’s not call cultural disaster a mere matter of politics.Published in