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A Few Thoughts on Political Correctness

Robert Dimuro

Posted on December 2, 2018 15:44

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We live in a time in which polarization between the Left and the Right is based on identity rather than ideas.

Arguably, political correctness (PC) has been the most powerful catalyst for sociopolitical change over the past decade. Over time, PC culture has slowly infected the integrity of our interactions with one another, leading to societal sterilization on par with the FCC’s overbearing censorship of media in the 1950’s.

In its best form, PC softens tensions between societal groups by the avoidance of trigger words or phrases without hampering the message being conveyed. In its worst form, PC hinders speech to the point that honest discussion or debate about any issue that involves perceived group oppression becomes downright impossible.

Frequent ramifications of violating the laws of PC in the public arena include unjust character assassinations, the de-platforming of TV personalities or public speakers, and even mob violence. It goes without saying that this radical activity in response to speech is a phenomenon created and cultivated by the Left, spiraling out of control by the end of Obama’s presidency.

As a result, a counterculture emerged (the Left calls it the alt-Right) in response to the Left’s hypersensitivity and intolerance towards free speech. In my opinion, this anti-PC culture was the prominent force that propelled Trump’s presidential run. His propensity to double down rather than cower down, even with his most provocative comments, sent a powerful message to the Left that their interpretation of acceptable speech and thought was no longer to reign superior in political discourse. Above all else, this characteristic of Trump earned him my vote in 2016.

Unfortunately, this counterculture has done nothing to mitigate PC culture and has further polarized the country, since anti-PC culture now has a competing platform. As I’ve written about before, this polarization is chiefly about identity, not ideas. In a time in which schisms are based on the notions of oppressor vs. oppressed and majority vs. minority (white vs. black, men vs. women, rich vs. poor, native-borns vs. immigrants, etc.), it’s impossible to reach across the aisle and engage in rational discussions regarding culture or policy.

Over the course of America’s history, the plights of various groups of people have been consistently improving relative to the native-born, white, protestant male. In terms of cultural, legal, and political equality, America in 2018 is unrecognizable from the America that existed a century ago, and the progressive movement is responsible for this monumental change.

However, in the 21st century, the progressive movement now uses the veneer of PC to maintain its prestige in advancing societal changes that are no longer needed. Increasingly, the plights of disadvantaged communities are not a result of oppression but rather of their own volition.

In a time in which institutional, legal, and cultural oppression is fading away, oppression by speech now animates the Left. This is a dangerous precedent that endangers the freedoms we take for granted on a daily basis. It’s crucial for the future of America that PC be marginalized before we lose the ability to criticize it in writing and in speech.

Robert Dimuro

Posted on December 2, 2018 15:44

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