For about 40 years now, many of us in the United States have been engaged in a “Culture War” and that struggle has changed the country.
Issues that probably could have been resolved decades ago have become perennial. Political postures that few other Western societies tolerate have become normal. And even the future of such grounded American traditions as our civil liberties have been challenged. Most of us have not escaped being affected in one way or another by the Culture War.
There are perhaps thousands of blogs that deal in some fashion with the War. I doubt anyone has read them all and I certainly haven’t. But I feel I’ve read enough blogs and posts to know that at least one, Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub, is genuinely outstanding. Although the blog by no means deals exclusively with Culture War issues, it deals with those issues often enough and rationally enough to be a primary resource for anyone concerned with the conflict.
I think that’s very largely because Ed Darrell, the owner of Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub, brings at least three extraordinary strengths to his blogging: Exceptional powers of reasoning; superb standards of intellectual honesty and factual accuracy; and a completely impressive knowledge base.
My admiration for Ed began when he left a post on this blog during a debate over the Constitution’s separation of church and state. Like many other people, I’ve read posts too numerous to count on that issue. But Ed laid out the case for a separation of church and state better than I’d ever seen done before — including in text books.
It seems to me that much of Ed’s best and most enjoyable writing is done in his responses to commentators on his blog. So, when you check out his site, be sure to read his responses!