Sunday, March 23, 2008

Contraception and social conservatives

Eric at Contra|Diction raises some important issues about conservatives and contraception. I've been meaning to write something about it. I just haven't found the energy to do it. But he raises important questions, and I hope that social conservatives can rise to the occasion and have this discussion.

It's important.

I think there is a cultural issue here, and a political one. We've focused on the political and left aside the cultural battle. We leave behind the last political and cultural defeat to focus on the next political challenge. It's a natural reaction.

I think that what we need to do is develop a counter-culture. I've said before that influencing people will require an esthetic movement. Eric treated my statement with some skepticism. I understand what he's saying-- that the thought must proceed the cultural influence. But moralism only goes so far, especially in this culture. People need to experience how the contraceptive mentality and its results all ties in.

Let's look at an example of a successful socio-political movement: feminism. Why is feminism successful? Is it because it remained on the level of the theoretical? No. It's because it has successfully created large numbers of cultural manifestations-- magazines, t.v. shows, art, music, etc.

If we want to promote an idea that is unpopular from the outset, propagating it solely as a moral idea will limit its outreach. I realize that preaching will have some effect on the believer. But we want to reach beyond the believer. And only will the non-believer can see our point of view will we have extensive cultural and political influence.

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