The Real Culture War, Part 1: Defining the Battleground: It's not about left-vs-right or or any other 20th Century cliché. The issue is Modernity and how to deal with a new century of change. Every generation struggles for human improvement -- more knowledge, better kids. But romantic mystics see history as a long slide from some past golden age. Human effort is futile against this slide. Underneath all that hyper-tolerance posturing, there lies hatred of the very notion of progress.