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Dodging the Hollywood political trap: Ben Domenech, author explore how to overcome left-wing cultural bias

Ben Dominic talks to author Tim Stanley about his new book “What Happened to Tradition? History, Belonging, and the Future of the West” and the challenges Conservatives face in overcoming liberal left-cultural bias in the arts and Hollywood in the latest episode of “Ben Dominic’s Podcast.”

Ben Dominic: The natural answer for some time among certain corners of truth has been to build their own alternative sources of information or institutions.

Tim Stanley: Yes.

Dominic: But there are some necessary restrictions that are put in there, you know? One is simply the lack of donor interest. For example, while there are many universities and colleges in America that have pro-Western values ​​and embrace them, many are religious. Others, like Hillsdale, are not. And they have, you know, a handful of those who advocate for an alternative.

But that will always be diminished by the massive funding flowing through private, but private, higher education institutions. You’ll never get to have something as big as the University of Texas. But at the same time, the limitations of many of these alternatives, you know, institutions that would rival the big houses of culture and education and the like are very frustrating for a lot of people. You know, you might have the cultural content, for example, is the exception that proves the rule that you might have a very successful right to a center manager or a creator who is able to get a very popular show, you know, American Western. You know, for example, the most popular program on cable today is a dramatic western show [“Yellowstone”] This is written and creative by a center-right person, frankly.

John Dutton (R-Kevin Costner) hands covenants to the ranch to his youngest son Case (L-Luke Grimes) Season 2 of “Yellowstone.” The hit show just ended its fourth season.

You have an overt right to mediocre comedians, for example, who might become very popular. But they are the exceptions. They are not, you know, the norm. And even if they were able to gain some kind of a foothold, it’s nothing compared to the wide range of cultural influence that is directly established and managed by so many people interested in developing narratives about gender, about history, about capitalism, about, you know, liberal values, Christianity. , you name it.

Given that, you know, what’s the point of building your alternative institutions if you’re doing that, you know, you’re going to have an uphill battle that will never lead to heights driving?

Stanley: And one of the other problems I would like to raise is that culturally, most conservatives don’t want to mix politics and culture.

Dominic: Yes

Stanley: But the moment you go out of your way to say, “Well, because I’m left out, I’m going to create something culturally conservative,” you beat the very thing. And the conservative ideal is to go culturally back 50 or 60 years back when the culture was happily patriotic or religious, but not necessarily politically self-consciously conservative. But you can never recreate that. And every attempt to do that ends up sounding so politically annoying that whenever you have right-wing comedians or a right-wing show or right-wing drama, it’s often a bad thing because it breaks the conservative rules of don’t mix politics and culture. Thus, it does not work.


By the way, there are exceptions to this. But even so, even there I say – I still see some people like Dave Chappelle seriously starting to turn into polemics rather than comedians, and that’s the mistake of the left. You don’t need right wing Stephen Colbert. You just need good comedians. That’s just what we really want in the end.

So, like I said, the answer to all of that is very difficult. But I think the main thing is that one has to try. And I finished the book by saying that the frustrating thing about conservatives is that they spend a lot of time complaining and they don’t do a lot of time. And that actually might be a matter of not going too far and doing something conservative self-consciously, but just doing something well culturally, in the hope that this kind of reset — reboot — the entire cultural system, so that people can see something that is well done and think, “Well, I like it. I’d like more of that, please.” Instead of left-liberal.

So I would just encourage conservatives to go write good books, paint good art, and make good comedy, rather than trying to consciously do something political.

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