After long using liberal Hollywood as a political punching bag, conservatives are moving to an if-you-can't-beat-them-join-them approach. If they can create a popular cinema that artistically reflects a right-of-center worldview--rather than crudely imposes it--it would be a huge advance for the Right in America's ongoing cultural struggles. After all, it's not just reason and analysis that will decide the outcome of those struggles. The imagination and the heart--the Dream Factory's stock-in-trade--will play at least as large a part.There is a lot of culture wars stuff in this piece that ought to make Big Tent readers a bit uncomfortable, but it is worth a look (as are many of the other articles in this City Journal, including one by Hanson).
One thing: in reading Anderson's article I was struck once again by the absurdity of the shift in liberalism in America. Imagine the idea of trying to paint Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and John Kennedy as being against martial virtues, against "the need for free men and women to stand up with military force to totalitarian evil." It would be laughable if it wasn't so sad.