culture war

  • What "Parental Rights" Debates are Getting Wrong

    by Natalia Mehlman Petrzela

    The success of the right-wing Moms For Liberty organization in raising fears of critical race theory and gender ideology obscure other historical models of parental activism; a cartoonish image of parents as reactionaries prevents dialogue that can get parents productively involved. 

  • Why the Right Hates History Now

    by Jonathan M. Katz

    Conservative intellectuals like L. Brent Bozell used to claim the authority of history because the saw it as a set of texts that affirmed the right of men like them to rule. Now that the field has changed, pundits like Bret Stephens have little use for it. 

  • Anti-CRT Legislation at Fever Pitch in States

    Suzanne Nossel of PEN America argues that legislation that dictates what can be taught is at "the top of the pyramid" in terms of the broad array of threats to free speech on campuses. 

  • Historians on Teaching with Integrity in the Face of "Gag Laws"

      Leonard Moore, Katharina Matro, Julia Brookins, Kathleen Hilliard, James Grossman, Hasan Kwame Jeffries, and James Sweet describe how their ability to examine the past honestly and students' freedom to learn support democracy. 

  • When a Right-Wing Attack on Textbooks Was Stopped

    by Jonathan Zimmerman

    A McCarthy-era attack on a leading civics textbook fell short because of both organized resistance and the unpopularity of the ideas behind the ban. Supporters of academic freedom today can potentially draw on both of those elements, too. 

  • Calling Culture War a "Distraction" Mistakes its Meaning

    by Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò

    The right is fighting to make sure that one group's values are more influential than any others'. It's impossible to separate this from material politics, and the left needs to connect its values to changing the way people live. 

  • With Educational Gag Orders, The Vagueness is the Point

    The failure of states to offer precise guidance for which lessons are acceptable and which aren't suggests that "divisive concepts" laws and other legislation are intended to chill teachers' ability to discuss politically sensitive subjects. 

  • How "Divisive Concepts" Laws are Targeting Universities

    A survey of recent legislation affecting the teaching of "divisive concepts" in history and other courses, plus changes to what kinds of diversity trainings are required or permitted in multiple states. 

  • Tucker Carlson Heralds Yet Another "Crisis of Masculinity"

    by Mona Charen

    Tucker Carlson's recent examination of testicular tanning as a boost to manliness shows the need for societies to support pathways to male expression that don't lead to violence or painful sunburns. 

  • The Next Front of the Culture War? Your Public Library

    "Conservative activists in several states, including Texas, Montana and Louisiana have joined forces with like-minded officials to dissolve libraries’ governing bodies, rewrite or delete censorship protections, and remove books outside of official challenge procedures."

  • CRT Not What You've Been Told, Florida Professor Tells Public

    Michael Butler, author of two books on the civil rights struggle in Florida, told an audience that the controversy was being stoked to prevent constructive public debate by folding all historical discussion of racism into a "frightening, dangerous, scary" term.