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Political Correctness: the root of all evil

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After last week’s wackiness at James Madison University, it’s time to revisit this post from last April.  I fear there will be too many opportunities to do so.

A letter to the future president of the United States:

If you want to fix the country, you can start with the root cause of all that ails our country:

Political Correctness.

The truth is that political correctness is not a new idea at all; it is simply the new label for an old, established moral postulate once accepted by all.

The word civility shares its linguistic root with the word civilization.  It means taking into consideration the comfort of others before expressing what I think or doing what I want.  It means remembering that other people have rights before assert my own.  It means reflecting upon how my actions are going to affect my community and recognizing that I have a responsibility to a society that is more than the sum of autonomous individuals.

So what was wrong with the term civility that the concept needed rebranding as political correctness?  Most likely, it was the connotation of political ideology that spawned this illegitimate offspring of cultural nobility.

Read the whole article here.

Political Correctness:  the root of all evil

Attachment-1Dear Future President:

If you want to fix the country, you can start with the root cause of all that ails our country:

Political Correctness.

The truth is that political correctness is not a new idea at all; it is simply the new label for an old, established moral postulate once accepted by all.

The word civility shares its linguistic root with the word civilization.  It means taking into consideration the comfort of others before expressing what I think or doing what I want.  It means remembering that other people have rights before assert my own.  It means reflecting upon how my actions are going to affect my community and recognizing that I have a responsibility to a society that is more than the sum of autonomous individuals.

So what was wrong with the term civility that the concept needed rebranding as political correctness?  Most likely, it was the connotation of political ideology that spawned this illegitimate offspring of cultural nobility.

Read the whole article here.

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My Interview with Bill Martinez

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Click to hear my interview with syndicated radio show host Bill Martinez:

Double Standards and the Death of Civil Society

Interview begins at the 33:30 mark.  Enjoy!

 

 

Double Standards and the Death of Civilization

1aa“Don’t say what you’re thinking.”

“It doesn’t matter how you feel.”

“Honesty is not always the best policy.”

It sounds terrible, doesn’t it? And yet modern society has created an entire value system based on these axioms. It’s called political correctness.

At the same time, however, there seems to be a freakish disconnect between the cultural extremes of political correctness and libertinism. On the one hand, the list of socially unacceptable words, phrases, and ideas keeps growing longer; on the other hand, regard for verbal filtering plummets in virtual free-fall.

At first blush, we might explain this away as an obvious consequence of competing ideologies and worldviews. Certainly, the popularity of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz can be understood as a natural reaction to the vacuous rhetoric of our elected officials, and to the farcical condemnation of benign comments and legitimate opinions as “hate speech” by the chattering classes. When a prominent university attempts to censor of words like mothering, fathering, and American as “microaggressions,” the inevitable consequence will be an equal and opposite reaction from the other side of the ideological divide.

But what is truly baffling are the offenses committed by proponents of political correctness themselves.

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