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The Prospect editorial: Fog of war

Cultural conflict threatens to tear the US apart and the UK is not immune. A descent into tribalism could render us incapable of rebuilding after the pandemic

By Tom Clark   November 2020

When the question is the “culture wars,” as it so often is these days, the standard liberal homily mourns the passing of a shared public sphere and appeals to everybody to step outside the echo chamber. How often, however, do we really do it ourselves? That was nagging at me as we put to bed this issue about the “new American civil war.” Could it just be that the “war” framing is one that progressive Europeans apply precisely because we never engage with those from the cultural right, and the…

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