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The Corrosive Evil Of Political Correctness

Posted on | January 13, 2018 | 1 Comment

by Smitty

We all profess hatred of this evil, and then proceed to support it, passively or actively. We’re silent in the face of PC, because going active against it is also unattractive behavior.

But *why* is it so evil? People are fallible, and in need of correction. Nothing new there. Let me put forth the proposition that PC’s evil is found in the spirit in which it’s offered.

Someone trying to learn a skill will have a teacher. That teacher will criticize the student’s activity in a constructive way. The teacher wants the student to grow, possibly becoming a teacher one day.

Political Correctness is not teaching. It does not care about the subject at hand, or the student. PC is destructive. It is intended to silence that student. The subject is peripheral at best. The student has got to be silenced as quickly as possible.

Your disinterest in PC is not reciprocated. PC is bullying. PC is asymmetric. It is not a classically liberal consideration of the subject, running through stages of synthesis, antithesis, and synthesis. Quietly refusing to engage the bully will not preserve your liberty, Mr. Niemöller.

Recognizing the destructive spirit of PC, what do we do? My favorite approaches are to laugh at it and question it. The roots of PC bullying seem to be the rejection of truth and the lust for power. You may or may not be able to edify your Lefty. And you may lack the time/interest for a lengthy engagement with the foolishness. But let’s endeavor to leave everyone smarter for the encounter.

“your toga is showing” for whatever degenerate Lefty reason, was trending on Twitter as I was drafting this, so let’s have some fun:

Via the Curmudgeon, Klavan has a must-read-all essay on this topic:

The bullying is highly effective and very dangerous. In England, in the city of Rotherham, at least 1,400 non-Muslim girls, some as young as 11, were brutally raped by Muslim immigrants over a period of years in the 2000s. Police and other officials worked to keep the facts hidden because, according to multiple reports, they were afraid of being called racist. Think about that: police officers did not want to seem racist, so they stood by and let their city’s children be raped. The same thing goes on in other cities in England and throughout Europe. And in fact, some who have spoken out have had their careers curtailed by manufactured scandal. The message is clear: it’s just not nice to tell the truth. It’s just not done. Don’t do it.