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A Case Study in the Coming End of the Culture Wars

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A Case Study in the Coming End of the Culture Wars

Immigration as a Failed Wedge Issue

August 25, 2009, 12:00pm – 1:30pm


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For a number of years, the far right has used a “culture war” mentality to fuel a polarized debate around key cultural and religious issues in an effort to grow and mobilize their base. Immigration has been among the issues at the heart of their strategy. Repeated election cycles demonstrate, however, that heated immigration debates may turn up the volume, but do not turn out votes. Still, the far right is clinging to their scare tactics, including in the current health care debate.

Will the fear mongering finally pay off for the far right, or are they drinking a slow poison by alienating moderates, communities of color, and the millennial generation—groups that are growing in numbers and influence?