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Theodore Dalrymple: “Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small.”

14 March 2016

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“Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.

– Theodore Dalrymple

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  1. Stephen Delacroix permalink
    14 March 2016 11:00 am

    This is an insulting and small-minded slander to the sincere efforts of honest persons who wish to foster equity, justice, and balance to the world. Its sense of sneering superiority and smug, cheap psychological “analysis” typifies the very sort of postmodern stereotyping it seeks to vilify. Because he does not share their values, he ridicules and caricatures them rather than seeking out the dignity that all persons deserve. Rather than engage their ideas, he trashes them to safeguard his own. I do not seek to defend whatever he is attacking ( the term is simply a punching bag its opponents fill with their own malignity, so I am not sure there’s anything to defend). But I do wish to defend the complexity of all persons’ pursuit of goodness and defend it against this kind of mindless denigration.

    • 14 March 2016 1:49 pm

      The sinister impact of “political correctness” on American culture can hardly be overstated. Political correctness engenders evil because of the violence that it does to people’s souls by forcing them to say or imply what they do not believe, but must not question. It is a tool of the political left to label their opponents as evil, and thus avoid having to rationally argue against their ideas. Attaching labels such as “sexist,” or “racist,” or “bigot,” or “homophobic” to anyone criticizing the approved progressive narrative as a way of avoiding real engagement.

      Political correctness wants to change behavior, thought, even the words we use. Controling language as a means of controling thought. The culture of political correctness that now exists in many American institutions has not been built on foundations of rational discussion or genuine civility, but by progressive activists who are louder and more obnoxious than their opponents. It wears it’s victims down through its insipid and vacuous discourse. It is mainly effective not at changing minds, but at producing people who no longer have the strength to fight back. 

      Dalrymple is correct. Political Correctness is Marxism, with all that implies: loss of freedom of expression, thought control, inversion of the traditional social order and, ultimately, a totalitarian state.

  2. GeorgeHubert permalink
    17 March 2016 4:43 pm

    POLITICAL CORRECTNESS is just the Leftists cover for their intellectual inferiority.

  3. S.Reynolds permalink
    17 March 2016 4:50 pm

    Defenders of politically correct language, such as Stephen Delacroix, claim that such speech reduces offensive behavior and encourages conscious thinking about individual merits. On the contrary, the drive for politically correct language relegates more and more terms to the exclusive domain of bullies, while requiring unthinking, reflexive adherence to the latest stupid language fashions.

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