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Pedro Rodríguez: Viral and Cultural War

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Since the 1960s, after exhausting the great consensus of peace and prosperity forged after the Second World War, the United States has suffered an internal conflict without truce. This is the so-called cultural war, waged around values ​​and that polarizes the most vociferous Americans. This battlefield, not always metaphorical, is fraught with issues that encourage the most toxic polarization possible. With cultural trenches that are built out of impossible dilemmas, usually life and death.

The extreme political belligerence generated by the United States culture war is based on binary debates, raised in black or white. With the aggravating circumstance that all these friction fronts are formulated in the worst possible way since, precisely because of their definition in absolute terms, they prevent the possibility of reaching basic social consensus.

The electoralist exploitation of the American cultural war is not exactly a new phenomenon in the politics of the United States. All in all, Donald Trump, since his 2016 presidential campaign, has demonstrated a highly profitable ability to exploit this cultural divide in his favor by alternating blatant deception and insidiousness. Even in times of a pandemic, which should require a display of national unity, the highly interested pulse of the extent of confinement to deal with the Covid-19 has ended up being part of the American culture war.

Since the beginning of this terrible crisis, the White House has had no shame in further complicating the situation of a country on the verge of accumulating 40,000 fatalities. Always in search of an evident revenue in the face of the elections of November 3. Trump knows perfectly well what he is doing when he mixes the coronavirus with issues like abortion; the right to have weapons; the sacred religious freedom of the United States; immigration and xenophobia; limitations on political participation; or the historical pulse between the public and the private.

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