Culture Wars/Current Controversies

Taking on Disney is just a first step for the new right

Neocon stooges vs. woke capitalism in yet another heel vs. heel.

By W. James Antle III, The Week

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has once again taken the fight to his political enemies — and in doing so, has sparked a debate among conservatives over the proper use of state power.

At DeSantis’s behest, the state legislature has moved to strip Walt Disney World of its special, self-governing status in Florida. Many of the legal privileges the company enjoys could — and frankly, should — be objected to by principled opponents of crony capitalism. But it is also plain that the move is less motivated by anti-cronyism than retribution for Disney’s opposition (under activist and employee pressure) to the state’s newly enacted parental rights law colloquially known to detractors as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

Social conservatives are beginning to flex their muscles within the GOP coalition in ways commensurate with the number of votes they bring in relative to other parts of the fusionist family. They are tired of the businesses whose taxes they frequently vote to cut threatening economic blowback whenever a state passes socially conservative laws on abortion, sex education, the family or LGBT issues. And they are willing to contemplate new ways to break what they see as the left’s stranglehold on the culture, as Republicans increasingly turn on banks and corporations.


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