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Commentary on the present and future of culture, politics, economics, and social values................... "At any given instant/All solids dissolve, no wheels revolve,/And facts have no endurance." W.H. Auden.

Friday, December 10, 2004

RED NATIONS AND BLUE NATIONS

The recent elections introduced the red state/blue state dichotomy into US politics. Look now for the development of the red nation/blue nation dichotomy as culture wars become the major issue in international relations, assuring disharmony among nations.

The opening issue in the global culture war will be that of gay marriage. As Toronto's Globe and Mail reports, the Supreme Court of Canada has opened the way to legalizing same-sex marriage in Canada. Prime Minister Paul Martin has decided to push that agenda through parliament, though the move will not be easy:
The Supreme Court of Canada gave its blessing Thursday to the federal
government's proposal to legalize same-sex marriage, prompting Prime Minister
Paul Martin to launch a high-stakes sales job to push the legislation through a
divided Liberal caucus and split Parliament.


If Canada does legalize same-sex marriage, it will join Belgium and the Netherlands as the only three countries in the world that allow it. Is this part of a trend? Will some countries hurry into legalizing it while others hurry into asffirming it as illegal? YES! And this development will open up a culture war between red naions and blue nations, a war that will expand to other issues.

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