Saturday, December 24, 2005

The Right

Something even more important than ideology holds the Right together: culture. The coalition is more sociologically coherent than one might imagine. Gun ownership is much more common among Evangelical Christians than it is, say, among university professors. Nearly half of small business owners consider themselves born-again Christians. Antitax advocates and members of the Christian Coalition are both enthusiastic listeners to talk radio. Back in the 1960s, Jewish urban intellectuals and Southern moralists had little in common. They may still be odd bedfellows but, over time, they have discovered things to talk about: the tragedy of family breakdown, the evils of Yasser Arafat and Hillary Clinton.
--John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge, "Right Nation" 196.

1 Comments:

Anonymous battlepanda said...

Oh come on.
I'm sure you can find just as many cultural bonds between the elements of the left if we're the one with a stranglehold on all three branches of the government.

1:51 PM  

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