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Culture Before Politics

In freeing creativity, progressives can once again capture and carry forward our national imagination.

Jeff Chang and Brian Komar

In this article, published in The American Prospect in November 2011, The Culture Group members Jeff Chang and Brian Komar argue that cultural change comes before political change. The authors define culture as “where people make sense of the world, where ideas are introduced, values are inculcated and emotions are attached to concrete change….Or put in another way, political change is the final manifestation of cultural shifts that have already occurred.”