It almost goes without saying that along with academia, Hollywood is one of the few unabashedly liberal institutions in America today. To be sure, Washington isn't that far behind it--but at least Republicans there pay lip service to conservatism when it suits them, usually around election time. As for the news media, while their leftist proclivities are well known, for some reason they still feel the need to maintain a pretense of objectivity--which is why you don't see an actual (D) next to the names of Lawrence O'Donnell and Brooke Baldwin, even while they're parroting Democrat talking points.
But Hollywood? That's another matter entirely.
In Hollywood, it's well known that having the wrong political beliefs beliefs can be a career killer. That's why conservatives and libertarians stay in the closet, keeping their opinions to themselves--at least until such a time as they're established enough to come out. But even at that, most Hollywood conservatives tend not to be overly political. James Woods, who has a reputation as a firebrand on Twitter, is an exception to the rule--but most tend to be more like Robert Downey, Jr. and Adam Sandler, who don't deny their Republican affiliations but don't make a big deal out of them either. They're big enough stars that they don't have to care, and yet they still put politics to the side in order to get along with their colleagues. Is it any wonder than in such an intellectual gulag, conservatives who have no power and influence keep their mouths shut?
Moreover, Hollywood seems proud of its intolerance. They make no bones about it, in fact, stopping just short of hanging out a sign that says conservatives need not apply.
But why is that?
Conventional wisdom would have you believe it's because people with liberal views tend to be more drawn to the arts than conservatives. While there's probably some truth to that, it still doesn't fully explain Hollywood's radical shift to the left. The collapse of the studio system--whose chiefs were largely conservative, at least politically--probably had more to do with it, because it created a power vacuum into which a younger generation of producers and directors rushed to fill the void. These people also brought with them the mores they gleaned from the Sexual Revolution of the 1960s, when "Anything Goes" went from being a show tune to a way of life. The casting couch evolved along the same lines. Even though it had been around since the Golden Age of Hollywood, there was no longer a need to be coy about it. What used to go on behind closed doors came out into the open, both on screen and off.
This was the environment into which Harvey Weinstein--and others like him--eventually slithered.
It would have been a lot harder for a man like that to operate in a more conservative environment, in which the old-fashioned morality of another time would have kept his predations largely at bay. Lucky for him, however, the revolutionaries of the previous generation had already laid the foundation for Weinstein--and he wasn't about to mess it up. As long as the Hollywood culture was unabashedly liberal--and as long as he spewed the correct leftist bromides about abortion and women's rights--he was free to pluck his pleasure from whatever tree was available. And so Weinstein--along with the other producers, directors and agents who ran the joint--set the public example for everyone else in Hollywood to follow. They moralized about liberal values, and how much better Hollywood was than the rest of America, and got the talent who worked for them to buy into it.
But it was all a con job. While Weinstein and his ilk talked the talk for women's issues, they abused women every chance they got. They set up a system in which it was simply expected, and the women--as good liberals themselves--were expected to go along with it.
Now that system is collapsing, like the studios that came before it. Hopefully some good can come of it, and something more positive can rush in to fill the void this time. But that won't happen so long as Hollywood maintains the conditions that allowed it to happen in the first place. Tolerating and even encouraging a few conservative values--chivalry, being a gentleman, treating a woman like a lady--would go a long way toward creating a culture in which the Weinsteins of the world can't fester.
This assumes, though, that the people who actually make Hollywood work don't get fooled again.