Alternativeright.com is a new paleoconservative site, so it typically will show the intellectual deficiencies of that line of thinking, but I found an interesting article on there-
Popular culture is used by liberals to brainwash people into believing liberal ideas are moral, good, and cool, and conservative ideas are evil, bad, and totally lame. Obviously everybody knows this but until conservatives can figure out a way to counter this their electoral efforts will be largely in vain.
This article is about pop music, but I see this more strongly in humor. Humor, in the liberal media culture we have, is generally portrayed as a clever outsider, a friend of the underdog, attacking the foolishness and hypocrisy of the powerful. It can be explicitly political, and often is. The earliest really overt example I can think of is the “Laugh In” TV show of the 60’s and early 70’s; the Smothers Brothers also had a show in this time period which may have been even more political, but I suspect “Laugh In” had more influence because it presented itself as hip entertainment.
We are expected to believe that the anti-war movement, and all its sophisticated, cool, rich and famous supporters represented the “outside”, the “disenfranchised” those with “no voice”, “students” (who being non-working adults living off the largess of society are obviously unprivileged) and let us not forget the “poor.” In reality they represented the Left New Deal (or as Moldbug would put it, the State Department) against the Right New Deal (or as Moldbug would put it the Defense Department.) The Left New Deal has always and everywhere maintained control over the Right New Deal, being more educated, richer, and longer established in the country. To present it as the outside rather than the ultimate inside is preposterous.
The biggest example of a comedian who is a shill for the establishment of this sort is Jon Stewart. Calling him a comedian is of course a stretch; mocking someone is not necessarily funny, and he never is. Still, people fear greatly being mocked, and it’s a powerful tool.
If conservatives wanted to “fight the power” (to take a phrase from rappers who are shills for the establishment in exactly the same way) they would use this tool themselves.