How to tackle the politically correct

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
others.

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.

https://livinginamadhouse.wordpress.com/2010/10/17/the-liberal-bigot/

 

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  • efgdefgd  On June 30, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I like making choices. Most people do make choices every day. The word discriminate, like equality, has been hijacked to mean force and violence against another because of prejudice, and or the preventing of an others right to civil liberty. We, as you say, should be equal in law, and may I suggest also equal in access to civil and civic society norms that do not trespass upon one’s property rights.

    Political correctness has taken on the role of Big Brother and is trying to legalise good manners, politeness and fairness, and in doing so also trying to legalise sensibility of thought and speech; all under the guise of the word equal. We are equal as human beings but we are not all the same.

    Once I read that the political correctness fraternity wanted to take out certain words from certain historical and classical fiction books I just felt so sad for people losing out on understanding cultural norms and values of the past, and even of the present. I even had to explain the words “Golliwog”, “Yid” and “WOP” to my great-great niece. As for revamping the childrens story books of Enid Blyton et al. OMG.

    Thanks for the article link.

  • William Gruff  On June 30, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Political correctness meets the criteria for a totalitarian ideology.

    And a religion., which is what it is

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