Princeton, the Anscombe Society, and the Culture Wars
A very sad event for all of us who went to Princeton.
The young man from the Anscombe Society made the whole thing up.
My question: Leaving aside the particular situation of this young man, who may very well be disturbed, and this particular situation, which may well have features we don’t yet know about, we might profitably ask a broader question:
Does framing one’s debates and disagreements with fellow members of one’s community as a “culture war” heighten people’s expectation of physical conflict among the disputants, or contribute to some (disturbed) people’s willingness to engage in it?
Does the “war” metaphor change what we expect from one another? If A really believes B is a minion of the culture of death, why wouldn’t A expect B to harm him/her? How thick is the line between wars of words and actual violence?
Isn’t there a better way to describe our disagreements?