The question of the day is: What is the victory condition for the culture war? First, here’s Owen:
And another thing – this whole discussion is based around “winning the culture war.” And I put myself forward as knowing how to do it, what with my 1-3 Inklings and all that. But what exactly is the victory condition of the culture war? What is the strategic goal of this military campaign?
-The majority of the population attending church.
-The majority of the population praying at night and in the morning.
-The majority of the population coming to know Christ.
The problem with all these strategic goals is that they depend on hundreds of millions of people suddenly acting out of their own free will to do what’s right.
Or the population is supposed to convert to Christianity in the midst of a completely nihilistic life-experience.
Or Christians are supposed to take over the Establishment and all its propaganda organs and start re-programming the population with Christianity. This sounds nightmarish – zombie Christianity instead of zombie Leftism. I guess that’d be an improvement, though. But the Machine is evil; no sincere Christian will be permitted to use it.
In the most realistic scenario, winning the culture war requires hundreds of millions of people to have a spiritual awakening.
But that sort of thing is within the province of Heaven – and maybe that’s what this big coronavirus thing might do.
Here is my response:
Now, what’s the victory condition in a culture war? Great question. Right now, I and a lot of my colleagues are focused on creating an alternative space away from what Brian Niemeier calls the Death Cult. And not just an alternative, but a competitive one. After that, I confess I haven’t thought about “winning” because I don’t see any victory until the Lord comes again in glory. But that’s an assumption I’m making based upon my religion.
I honestly think there IS no victory condition, and that this IS an endless war in need of a perpetual revolution. We’ll win some battles, lose others, and go from moments of triumph to tragedy and vice versa, but it will never end until the end. And I’m okay with that.
But damn: Christians have been NOT fighting for so long. What is needed, and would be considered a major victory at this point, is some backbone.
I stand by this assertion. The war we are in and the battle that we face isn’t really against converged corporations and people who push harmful messages and practices that damage society at large in the physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, and economic senses. It is against the power behind all of this. Whether anybody acting in ways that push destructive practices does so knowingly or not is partly relevant–we all do things we think are good but are ultimately twisted to serve evil ends. That’s the power of the true enemy.
And this true enemy is never going to be defeated by us. It is never going to be defeated in our lifetimes. This fight will never end until the end. What we have to do is to keep running the race and fighting the good fight, hold on until the end, beat back the darkness as best we can, and make sure successive generations are equipped to do the same.
So the cultural aspect of this does matter in that we transmit lessons through our stories. The victory condition is the apocalypse. If this sounds depressing, that was not my intent. This should be bracing. We are immersed in conflict. Such is the nature of the world we live in. If it seems like we–being Christians or traditionalists or whatever you want to call us that oppose those with an opposite world view–are “losing the culture war” and have been for so long, it’s because we haven’t bothered to really fight for so long. That has changed, and that is good. Now we need to be armed with the mentality that the fight will never be fully won.
Truly, we are in a battle against a hidden enemy. And we will win as long as we fight and as long as we hold on and as long as we don’t give up.
So there’s your victory condition: hope.
Read about brave people and their alien friends fighting against impossible odds in my sword-and-planet epic The Last Ancestor.