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By Auguste Meyrat, Crisis Magazine, May 14, 2021
Auguste Meyrat is an English teacher and department chair in north Texas. He has a BA in Arts and Humanities from University of Texas at Dallas and an MA in Humanities from the University of Dallas.
As anyone who has fought in the culture wars (that is, fighting over moral values, life, and rights) can attest, debating with the progressive Left has become nearly impossible. Regardless of how well conservatives support their argument or how clear they are in their logic, they will inevitably be labeled an ignorant bigot. Their argument for tradition, freedom, or even rationality will immediately run afoul with some oppressed group, causing the debate to degenerate into accusations of hate.
This outcome has led many conservatives to stop trying. Either they will argue over less personal and consequential subjects, find an echo chamber with like minds, or retreat from the public square altogether. And if they don’t do this themselves, society’s elites will gladly cancel them. …