Writing in the pages of the The New York Times, conservative commentator David Brooks closes out a column with this striking kicker:
Conservatives have zero cultural power, but they have immense political power. Even today, voters trust Republicans on the gun issue more than Democrats. If you exile 40 percent of the country from respectable society they will mount a political backlash that will make Donald Trump look like Adlai Stevenson.
It’s audacious, really. I mean sure, non-leftists have been steadily filtered out of education, academia, journalism, publishing, Hollywood, and the arts for so long that most people can’t even imagine it being any different. But zero? Really?
It takes a special sort of ignorance to embrace such a position. Even the residual power of Tarzan, Cthulhu, Middle Earth, and Conan remains a potent force, even in a marketplace flooded with both bastardized derivatives and hostile critiques. Smarmy elites dismissed the staunchly Catholic Tolkien in his lifetime and declared heroic fantasy bad for us from every platform they could manage to subdue. And yet he outlasted all of his detractors to become Author of the Century. And right at this very moment, Jordan Peterson’s number one international bestselling book is a sensation precisely because it is making the timeless wisdom that infuses the Bible accessible to a generation that is starving for answers and common sense.
You can’t make this stuff up. Conservative ideas are powerful, muscular, inspiring, useful, and attractive. And yet somehow… Conservative Inc. seems to have not gotten the memo. How is that?
Well, conservative commentators like David Brooks can of course nab a seat at the round-table discussions in the mass media venues, it’s true. But the price of entry is that they have to help perpetuate the lie that non-leftists have no significant contributions in culture and the arts. That includes not just erasing history, but also unpersoning anyone that threatens that particular narrative. And of course pretending that there are no significant cultural forces emanating from anywhere other than the Left.
It’s absurd. And it highlights just why people like Brooks are pretty well useless to just about everyone. But like the man said, it is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it. He is where is now only because he cannot imagine anything other than the Left’s perpetual cultural hegemony.
Unfortunately for him and people like him, that position is set to get increasingly untenable as changes in technology cause the old mass media status quo to evaporate.