Conservatives must recognize that many of our problems stem from the fact that the Left has beaten us in the march through the institutions and this battle must be joined if we are to remain a viable movement.
A recent study revealed that some 87 percent of college professors identify themselves as “liberals” (which incidentally is a term our readers will see on this page VERY rarely as it describes the modern American Left; I see very little in their philosophy which promotes liberty of any kind). That figure corresponds to the percentage of leftists among the population of the Hollywood film industry and the nation’s major media.
We must challenge the Left’s dominance in academia and in the media; in the former case by engaging in the same kinds of agitation which created the Left’s dominance in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s in the first place, and in the latter by engaging in total economic warfare to destroy the media outlets they use to put forth their propaganda. I haven’t worked out exactly how to destroy the mainstream media, but certainly the newspaper industry is completely on the ropes and conservatives should do everything they can to stomp on its neck and kill it.
Of course, it is also incumbent upon conservatives to subvert the Left’s dominance of the country’s cultural institutions in other ways. The New Media continues to gobble up market share, and traditional, Statist-dominated media continues to lose. The demise of CNN is a perfect example. That of the New York Times is another. But those facts hardly guarantee a conservative media resurgence; we must deliver superior New Media outlets to win the 21st-century culture war. More, conservatives unable to penetrate the Left’s dominance of the educational establishment must establish alternative sources of education – book clubs, night classes on civics and the Constitution for interested adults, online educational opportunities and so on. Conservative filmmaking must also be encouraged; technology makes the delivery of films to the market much more accessible than the 20th-century model.