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Richard Bolton's Culture Wars

Culture Wars: Documents from the Recent Controversies in the Arts, edited by Richard Bolton. New York: The New Press, 1992.

WHEN PATRICK BUCHANAN proclaimed at the Republican National Convention this summer that America was in the midst of a “cultural war,” it became clear that he had gone too far in allowing the venomous bigotry of the far right to slip out in full view of America. As with the crazed Joseph McCarthy at the end of his reign of terror, one could detect desperation in Buchanan’s sneering tone. After all, he was speaking to a nation that has grown increasingly weary of manipulation in the service of economic plundering.

This pivotal test of the “family values” ethos serves as an apt backdrop for the publication of Culture Wars, an anthology on the recent public debate around cultural repression and censorship in America. The book’s editor, artist and writer Richard Bolton, has

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