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    Newt Gingrich: There's a New Culture War & We're Losing

    There's a New Culture War & We're Losing It
    by Newt Gingrich

    06/02/2010

    One of the most rewarding experiences I have had since leaving the Speakership was becoming a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

    AEI is an extremely important organization which, along with the Heritage Foundation, has formed the backbone of the conservative think tank community in Washington, D.C. This has been thanks to Chris DeMuth, whose leadership of AEI from 1986 to 2008 brought the organization from near bankruptcy to extraordinary success and influence.

    When Chris announced that he was stepping down as president of AEI, I was initially worried that nobody would be able to fill the leadership vacuum. However, my worries were put to rest when it was announced that Arthur Brooks would take over as president.
    Arthur is an extraordinarily talented social scientist that is one of the best analysts of polling data in the country. And he has just written a new book that shows he is the right leader for this time.

    There’s A New Culture War…And We’re Losing It

    In The Battle: How the Fight Between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America’s Future, Arthur Brooks argues that the new culture war in America is not over guns, gay marriage or abortion, but instead between a socialist redistributionist minority (the 30% coalition) and a massive free-enterprise, work-ethic, opportunity-oriented majority (the 70% majority.)

    Yet, despite the overwhelming majority of Americans who believe in free enterprise, the Left’s dominance of the intellectual upper class (opinion makers like the news media, academia, and the entertainment industry) has enabled the minority to dominate the majority.

    They have been able to dominate because they are professionals at using words. They use the language of morality to achieve their redistributionist ends while those who favor freedom, individual opportunity, the right to pursue happiness, and personal liberty have been maneuvered to a series of banal and ultimately unattractive positions in the public debate.

    The Left speaks in the language of right and wrong, of equality and inequality, while the leaders of the free-enterprise majority speak in the dry language of economics. Thus, despite the overwhelming majority in America who support the tenants of free enterprise, the Left is winning both elections and the hearts of America’s young people, who did not live through the Cold War and shockingly view socialism almost as favorably as they view capitalism.

    The Moral Case for Free Enterprise

    Brooks argues that this fundamental conflict has reached a tipping point, where America will either become a European-style, socialist country, or the 70% majority will assert itself and our country will have a renewal of economic liberty and freedom.

    In fact, the rise of the Tea Parties has been the first explosion of energy on the side of this overwhelming majority. But energy is not enough. The only way for those who love liberty to win is to reassert the moral case for free enterprise.

    Brooks’ key insight in The Battle is that the case for free enterprise is not materialism, but human flourishing:

    “Free enterprise is not simply an economic alternative. Free enterprise is about who we are as a people and who we want to be. It embodies our power as individuals and our independence from government. In short, enterprise is an act of self-expression – a declaration of what we truly value – and a social issue for Americans.
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    Honestly...if this program were dollar for dollar it may work. But the real problem is that the government has to collect $5 for ever $1 redistributed. I'm all for helping the poor...but I am not all for paying into a broken socialist occupational government.

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    It aint over till its over. All we have to do is fight back.
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