There was a time in this country when liberals were the ones who called for free speech. They marched for it. They fought for it. Berkeley Free Speech – Berkeley – was a real thing. Now however the sons and daughters of this crowd have embraced the totalitarianism their parents and grandparents fought against. It’s not supposed to be totalitarianism. It’s supposed to be “inclusive.” But we stare now at a mini-dark age in academia and in the media.
I live in a college town built around one of the greatest universities in the world, and I have heard about this growing phenomena from multiple sources recently. Alumni are fed up with “safe spaces” and the anti-intellectual political correctness guards objecting to every “microagression” they can conjure in their heads.
These alumni have stopped writing checks. Why should they fund scholarships and pay for facilities for people who are clearly disconnected from reality? Why should alumni support people who must be coddled and whose egos must be massaged?
There, there, my sensitive little college orchid. We know the harsh winds brought by those nasty Republicans down the street may curl your sensitive leaves. But we at Case Western Reserve are here for you. We will protect you. We will make sure that you are OK. Some things are just too beautiful for Republicans.
(From The Daily Caller)
A July 11 statement in The Daily, Case Western’s internal e-newsletter,
In many respects political correctness, and there are different forms employed by different groups interested in dominating the political narrative, is a way of lying. It is a way of being dishonest. It’s not about feelings (not that this is an excuse anyway) often, it is about obscuring reality. It is about muddying the waters. It is about countering intuition (which when done via reason can be a good thing on occasion) and creating alternate realities to reality.
Independent thinkers are a liability. Compliant cogs keep the machine going.
FREE SPEECH. FREE SPEECH. A MILLION TIMES FREE SPEECH.
Perhaps we need to revert back to the tactics of the free speech advocates of the 1960s. Let us be clear.
FREE SPEECH. FREE SPEECH. FREE SPEECH. A MILLION TIMES. FREE SPEECH.
University of Missouri journalism professor telling student journalists to get out of her “safe space.”
People often talk about institutionalized racism, which is a real thing. It is a fact that the state enforced segregation. It is a fact that the government was used for a very long time to keep blacks and whites separate. Jim Crow doesn’t happen without big and intrusive government. Racism was institutionalized, codified, the law of the land. Racism was supported by the state. Cops,
The Oscars this year left a lot to be desired. An industry which is deeply crony, corporate as all get out (anyone heard of Sony Pictures or the MPAA?), highly stratified, a boys club at the highest levels, collectively decided to try to shame the great unwashed on Sunday night on all manner of things. DiCaprio waxing about “corporate interests” (huh?) and “protecting the planet” while still smelling of fresh jet fuel from his flight into La La Land was classic.
Some have no interest in knowledge or wisdom if it doesn’t fit their worldview.
I have to say that my professors in college in the poli-sci department at Mary Washington College did a pretty good job of being fair to me and other students. Though I was often a lone voice in some conversations, I was more conservative than libertarian back then, I was always treated with respect. My opinions were valued – or at least readily tolerated. I was graded in a fair way.
This is a well written and interesting article. It also exhibits nicely the absolute collective insanity of the political correctness crowd.
PC is a weird code of slights and avoided slights, and “identity,” and hierarchy, and grievance, and fear, and obfuscation, and obsession with power.
It is the obsession with power which is the most interesting to us. It is I think it is fair to say, pathological. PC is a self eating (and arguably self loathing) snake.
Seems logical to cut out the most important writer in the English language in favor of explorations in grievance studies.
Political correctness is anti-intellectual. It has infected our universities and to some degree our broader society. It is a dumbing down of the academy. It is a cult of fear. A PC Terror which permeates higher learning in the USA.
Dare speak the truth? The truth which does not fit into the tortured logic of cultural Marxism?
Free speech is certainly under assault. Free thought even is under assault. Every word is a potential slight. Even intonations now are subject to review. The tyranny of the Sensitivity Police is a real thing and it has spread to beyond the college campus and into newsrooms and beyond.
Applying today’s moral code to historical figures is frankly stupid. But the PC brigades have done it, and been allowed to do it, for too long.
Thomas Jefferson was a man of his time, a slave owner yes, but much more importantly a man of the Enlightenment. The people who are calling for this statue’s removal at Mizzou are not forward thinking people, though they likely think themselves as such. They are not “progressive” in the good sense. They apparently have little understanding of historical context.
Political correctness is so disheartening. It is a speech code imposed by those who spend their lives perpetually offended. Everyone (well nearly everyone) knows that these perpetually offended individuals are out to lunch, but for a long time people were afraid to say anything for fear of being labeled a “racist” or worse. Such a tag from the politically correct community of grievance studies professors could potentially derail a career in academia for a student or prospective professor. It is a deeply totalitarian phenomenon.