Creating Our Counter-Culture

Our real enemy -- the true villain in our current mess, the implacable opponent of what we want in life -- is not the silly gaggle of scurrying politicians trying to please those who control education, recreation, information, and all the other choke-points in society.  We can win elections, but if we lose the daily war to define what is good and what is true and what is wise, the best we can achieve is a long retreat which must end in our undoing.

The left long knew that capturing Hollywood and television programming, creating totalitarian groupthink in colleges, dominating the news media, infesting all the chic charities and foundations, and things like that was the key to their victory.  George Orwell described what sort of people would be in the Inner Party, and he explicitly named them in 1984: "... bureaucrats, scientists, technicians, trade-union organizers, publicity experts, sociologists, teachers, journalists and professional politicians."  We would today add a few more professions, but as is so often the case, Orwell was so prescient that it is scary.

What can we do?  We can and we should quite deliberately create our counter-culture, our own systems of education, entertainment, information, and socialization.  What if tens of millions of conservatives formed several corporations, and each purchased a few hundred shares of stock in these corporations?  These companies, owned and controlled by millions of small conservative stockholders, could begin to create entertainment television networks, major films, and radio stations which play music created by conservative artists, and provide to millions of us recreation that actually satisfies us. 

Our conservative counter-culture could also sting and mock the gargantuan ego and appetite of untalented and often unlikeable leftist icons.  What if, for example, a film was made about the corruption of the news media by the left?  Would you go to see that film?  I would, and I believe tens of millions of others among us would, too.  The list of deliberately overlooked topics for film, television entertainment, music, and other areas of popular culture is so long that a corporation owned by us in small shares and committed to mocking and exposing the venality, hubris, and nastiness of the left could stay in business forever. 

Compared to the genuinely new and interesting culture we could produce, the left would have only its lame, tired, and dull excuses for entertainment and education.  This would accelerate the decline of many parts of establishment leftism, but it would do more than just that. 

Each of us who bought shares in these conservative corporations would know that each time we go to a film which exposes and humiliates leftism, we also are helping make the corporation which produced that film profitable and able to make more entertainment for us in the future.  Beyond that, the millions of us owning a few hundred dollars of stock in this corporation could see our stock holdings gain value -- nothing dramatic, but certainly better than nothing at all. 

There could, of course, be several corporations producing good entertainment and education, and there would be nothing wrong at all with these corporations competing against each other for conservative consumers of their products.  These conservative entertainment businesses would probably be lean and clever, which would make conservative culture the boom product of the next decade.

What is true for film and other forms of entertainment could be true for education as well.  If this were combined with a strong push in state government to reduce funding for public education and to provide tax incentives to private education, then the relatively cheap and effective system of private instruction, drained of all odious political correctness, could begin to supplant public schools and universities.

Would this work?  If you believe that there are tens of millions of Americans out there starving for genuine entertainment and disgusted by the sludge produced by the left, then there's no reason to think not.  If there is an army of conservative actors, screenwriters, and directors who would love to use their talents making programs and films they believe in, then it could work.  If there are millions of us willing to invest in entertainment businesses which produce goods we really want to consume, then it could work.  Honestly, what have we got to lose?

Our real enemy -- the true villain in our current mess, the implacable opponent of what we want in life -- is not the silly gaggle of scurrying politicians trying to please those who control education, recreation, information, and all the other choke-points in society.  We can win elections, but if we lose the daily war to define what is good and what is true and what is wise, the best we can achieve is a long retreat which must end in our undoing.

The left long knew that capturing Hollywood and television programming, creating totalitarian groupthink in colleges, dominating the news media, infesting all the chic charities and foundations, and things like that was the key to their victory.  George Orwell described what sort of people would be in the Inner Party, and he explicitly named them in 1984: "... bureaucrats, scientists, technicians, trade-union organizers, publicity experts, sociologists, teachers, journalists and professional politicians."  We would today add a few more professions, but as is so often the case, Orwell was so prescient that it is scary.

What can we do?  We can and we should quite deliberately create our counter-culture, our own systems of education, entertainment, information, and socialization.  What if tens of millions of conservatives formed several corporations, and each purchased a few hundred shares of stock in these corporations?  These companies, owned and controlled by millions of small conservative stockholders, could begin to create entertainment television networks, major films, and radio stations which play music created by conservative artists, and provide to millions of us recreation that actually satisfies us. 

Our conservative counter-culture could also sting and mock the gargantuan ego and appetite of untalented and often unlikeable leftist icons.  What if, for example, a film was made about the corruption of the news media by the left?  Would you go to see that film?  I would, and I believe tens of millions of others among us would, too.  The list of deliberately overlooked topics for film, television entertainment, music, and other areas of popular culture is so long that a corporation owned by us in small shares and committed to mocking and exposing the venality, hubris, and nastiness of the left could stay in business forever. 

Compared to the genuinely new and interesting culture we could produce, the left would have only its lame, tired, and dull excuses for entertainment and education.  This would accelerate the decline of many parts of establishment leftism, but it would do more than just that. 

Each of us who bought shares in these conservative corporations would know that each time we go to a film which exposes and humiliates leftism, we also are helping make the corporation which produced that film profitable and able to make more entertainment for us in the future.  Beyond that, the millions of us owning a few hundred dollars of stock in this corporation could see our stock holdings gain value -- nothing dramatic, but certainly better than nothing at all. 

There could, of course, be several corporations producing good entertainment and education, and there would be nothing wrong at all with these corporations competing against each other for conservative consumers of their products.  These conservative entertainment businesses would probably be lean and clever, which would make conservative culture the boom product of the next decade.

What is true for film and other forms of entertainment could be true for education as well.  If this were combined with a strong push in state government to reduce funding for public education and to provide tax incentives to private education, then the relatively cheap and effective system of private instruction, drained of all odious political correctness, could begin to supplant public schools and universities.

Would this work?  If you believe that there are tens of millions of Americans out there starving for genuine entertainment and disgusted by the sludge produced by the left, then there's no reason to think not.  If there is an army of conservative actors, screenwriters, and directors who would love to use their talents making programs and films they believe in, then it could work.  If there are millions of us willing to invest in entertainment businesses which produce goods we really want to consume, then it could work.  Honestly, what have we got to lose?