Cold wars and culture wars never go away
Much like Cold Wars, culture wars never actually die out — they simply go dormant for years. Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin reminded us of the former and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott demonstrated the latter.
While Putin invaded Ukraine and put the world on edge, Abbott opened a new front against LGBTQ+ communities. Abbott declared gender-affirming treatments for transgender youth to constitute “child abuse.” He then directed the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate any allegation of such treatment.
Make no mistake, this is the culture war equivalent of a column of tanks crossing borders.