Right-Wing Political Correctness, Ch. 356
Rod Dreher on movement conservatism’s culture problem:
One of the things that first attracted me to conservatism was that back in the 1980s, when I was in college and watching liberals elevate utter mediocrity to sacrosanct status because it was produced or embodied by a member of an approved victim group, it was the conservatives who were advocating for excellence judged by serious, valid criteria, not ethnic, gender or sexual identity — which is their contemporary form of egalitarianism (versus a previous eras, based on class). Now the right has adopted this sort of thing as a lens through which to see and judge the world. Like I said, depressing.
In recent years, it has never ceased to amaze me how much right-wing political correctness and identity politics have come to resemble the very worst aspects of late-80s and early-90s left-wing political correctness, and in particular the way in which it so dramatically views all culture through a political lens. A true conservative nowadays not only holds particular political views, it seems he must also prefer Kwik-E-Mart to Whole Foods, and 24 to all other TV dramas. Not only must he hold these preferences, he must also complain vociferously about how his ideology is underrepresented and disrespected on TV, in the media, etc. How conservatives are portrayed (or not portrayed) in the arts seemingly takes precedence to whether the art is actually good art. If it portrays conservatives and conservative mentalities positively, it is automatically deemed good art; if it portrays liberals and liberal mentalities positively, it is automatically deemed bad art.
(Reminder to all reader-bloggers: the surest way to get a link from me is to write about right-wing political correctness).