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Conservative argument is no match for liberal art

Conservatives may be resurgent in Washington, but they have abandoned the arts. Liberal dominance of culture is undermining America's foundational values. When’s the last time Hollywood made a movie that portrayed a corporation in positive terms?

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I love music, good stories, and beautiful things. And so, I imagine, does everyone else. But I'm struck by the fact that the vast majority of musicians, moviemakers, novelists, and artists are liberals.

This could be because the artistic temperament is inclined to be radical, but it is more likely because conservatives have abandoned the arts. This abandonment has profound implications for American culture. It will intensify society's long-term liberal reflexes, making it harder to sustain the foundational values – like chastity, faith, and free enterprise – that make America both good and great.

I recently browsed several conservative news and commentary websites in search of an arts or culture section. It would have been easier to find a parking spot the day after Thanksgiving. Shortly thereafter, I went to the websites of several liberal publications, and they all had a section dedicated to the arts – poetry and all. Conservatives are better arguers, but liberals are better artists.

MTV and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

I am not specifically referring to either fine art (if there remains such a thing) or popular art. It doesn't matter: Liberals control both. They have MTV, but they also have the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. They have Rolling Stone, but they also have The New Yorker. They have Hollywood, but they also have Cannes.


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