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Monday, October 27, 2003
Posted by Tanstaafl
www.AndrewSullivan.com - Daily Dish:
"Recent Stanford grad Craig Albrecht says most of his young Bush-supporter friends 'absolutely cherish' South Park–style comedy 'for its illumination of hypocrisy and stupidity in all spheres of life.' It just so happens, he adds, 'that most hypocrisy and stupidity take place within the liberal camp.'"
Anybody know Albrecht?
I want to post the rest of this because I think it is really interesting:
SOUTH PARK REPUBLICANISM: It's all part of a new wave in the culture wars in which conservative ideas are making real headway. From Fox to blogs to Cartman, it's a phenomenon, according to Brian Anderson in the new City Journal. It's a long, complex piece, but here's one money-quote:
Talk to right-leaning college students, and it’s clear that Sullivan is onto something. Arizona State undergrad Eric Spratling says the definition fits him and his Republican pals perfectly. "The label is really about rejecting the image of conservatives as uptight squares—crusty old men or nerdy kids in blue blazers. We might have long hair, smoke cigarettes, get drunk on weekends, have sex before marriage, watch R-rated movies, cuss like sailors—and also happen to be conservative, or at least libertarian." Recent Stanford grad Craig Albrecht says most of his young Bush-supporter friends "absolutely cherish" South Park–style comedy "for its illumination of hypocrisy and stupidity in all spheres of life." It just so happens, he adds, "that most hypocrisy and stupidity take place within the liberal camp."
Further supporting Sullivan’s contention, Gavin McInnes, co-founder of Vice—a "punk-rock-capitalist" entertainment corporation that publishes the hipster bible Vice magazine, produces CDs and films, runs clothing stores, and claims (plausibly) to have been "deep inside the heads of 18–30s for the past 10 years"—spots "a new trend of young people tired of being lied to for the sake of the 'greater good.'" Especially on military matters, McInnes believes, many twenty-somethings are disgusted with the Left. The knee-jerk Left's days "are numbered," McInnes tells The American Conservative. "They are slowly but surely being replaced with a new breed of kid that isn't afraid to embrace conservatism."
But not the humorless, puritanical conservatism of the religious right.
These are the kind of people the Republican party needs to court: young, energized, and leaving the Democrats in droves. The issue for many people our age was and remains that the Republican party can look really lame. Pop culture is always way to the left, leaving young people with an unfortunate choice of following their gut and being uncool or falling into the mainstream. Hopefully as a younger generation come in this will be less of an issue.
Here is the link the full story that Sullivan was posting about. Haven't read it yet.