PRINT September 1997


the culture trust

NOW THAT AMERICAN soldiers have learned to make love and not war, and the FBI has been humanized as its own public enemy, and a draft-dodging, pot-smoking, free-loving, TV-weaned ex-longhair approaches the second half of his second term, we understand that the personal truly is the political.

Jim Bakker’s Christian theme park and Pat Robertson’s TV network notwithstanding, family values are a relative nonstarter in the super-marketplace of multiple lifestyles and consumption identities. At least compared to those of the old counterculture. You can find “free-love” pornotopia at just about any video store. Marijuana is the major cash crop of Northern California. Robert Johnson and Bugs Bunny are honored as US Postage stamps. Nathan Glazer publishes a book called We Are All Multiculturalists Now, and “Gay Day” has taken its place among the pagan rites of Disney World.

Che Guevara—martyred and

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