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How to win the coming culture war in 2017
A version of this article first appeared in The Big Issue magazine in January 2017. Journalism worth paying for. Available weekly from street vendors or subscriptions here. History rarely falls into neat numerical decades. I would assert the 1980s (yuppies, power suits, a money obsession) didn't really end till the mid 1990s when a new generation of politicians began to take power. Policies and attitudes take a while to gain momentum and once they do (as with equal marriage and attitudes to homosexuality) they can make a seismic impact. Similarly since the US Election and the EU referendum there's a major debate about whether supposed liberal progressive values have been rejected and the alt-right is in the ascendant. A battle you might say between those who want to make society better versus those who want to make it "like it used to be". But go to the cinema, turn on the TV, read some books, and you'll find that "mainstream" doesn't change that fast. Shortly after the US presidential election I went to interview the directors of the smash hit