Political correctness meets the criteria for a totalitarian ideology. Its tenets of “discrimination” and “equality” mean that it can invade every aspect of life and its adherents claim that the only permissible opinion is the politically correct one. This creates great advantages for those opposed to political correctness who are not themselves the prisoners of an ideology because it leaves the politically correct The attraction of political correctness is that it purports to provide a universal guide to living and offers the assurance of moral superiority. Those two qualities – alleged universality of explanation and moral superiority – provide an excuse for both abdicating intellectual autonomy and for enforcing the tenets of the ideology on
The abdication of intellectual autonomy means that the adherent no longer addresses reality. Their intellect is turned not to living life pragmatically, but to fitting reality into the ideology. As all ideologies are inadequate guides to reality, this means the adherent is driven to irrationality if they wish to maintain their belief.
A successful ideology such as political correctness will attract many people who lack either the intelligence or the intellectual initiative to master the ideology. They will be content to have a series of ready-made mantras to chant when they have to make a show of promoting their faith. That means they are incapable of any meaningful debate in defence of their beliefs. When placed in a position where they are expected to debate the best they can do is chant their mantras .
The more intelligent or intellectually inclined believers will Glad the story amused people. It has its funny side, but the fact that it did not result in the usual pc-driven hue and cry carries a serious general message, namely, that the politically correct only succeed because people play the game by their rules, which means making Maoist-style apologies and accepting the veracity of the ideology.
I discovered long ago that latterday liberals will wilt if faced with people who refuse to play their game. Just stand up and say equality is meaningless except in limited contexts such as the law and discrimination is the natural order of things because no organism let alone a man can survive without discriminating dozens of times a day (normal people call it making choices) and you will find the politically correct cannot handle the resistance.
Here is a link to an article I wrote for Right Now! some years ago on the character of modern liberals, who are not liberal but the most fearful bigots. Hence, the title.