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Political Correctness: A Short History

Political Correctness: A Short History



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What is “Political Correctness?” “Political Correctness:” A Short History of an Ideology, answers that question.
What is “Political Correctness?” “Political Correctness:” A Short History of an Ideology, answers that question.

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What is “Political Correctness?” The following book, “Political Correctness:” AShort History of an Ideology, answers that question. Because Free Congress Foundation believes every American needs to know the answer, we are here posting the entire book on our website. Any visitor to the website is welcome to print the book for himself, hisfamily and his friends; there are no limits to the number of copies you may make. Weencourage other organizations to make the text of the book available on their ownwebsites; we ask only that you let Free Congress know that you have done so.William S. Lind, Director Center for Cultural ConservatismFree Congress Foundation
 “Political Correctness:” A Short History of an IdeologyEdited by William S. LindA Product of the Free Congress Foundation November, 2004
 2IntroductionAs Russell Kirk wrote, one of conservatism’s most important insights is that allideologies are wrong. Ideology takes an intellectual system, a product of one or more philosophers, and says, “This system must be true.” Inevitably, reality ends upcontradicting the system, usually on a growing number of points. But the ideology, by itsnature, cannot adjust to reality; to do so would be to abandon the system.Therefore, reality must be suppressed. If the ideology has power, it uses its power to undertake this suppression. It forbids writing or speaking certain facts. Its goal is to prevent not only expression of thoughts that contradict what “must be true,” but thinkingsuch thoughts. In the end, the result is inevitably the concentration camp, the gulag andthe grave.While some Americans have believed in ideologies, America itself never had anofficial, state ideology – up until now. But what happens today to Americans who suggestthat there are differences among ethnic groups, or that the traditional social roles of menand women reflect their different natures, or that homosexuality is morally wrong? If theyare public figures, they must grovel in the dirt in endless, canting apologies. If they areuniversity students, they face star chamber courts and possible expulsion. If they areemployees of private corporations, they may face loss of their jobs. What was their crime? Contradicting America’s new state ideology of “Political Correctness.”But what exactly is “Political Correctness?” Marxists have used the term for atleast 80 years, as a broad synonym for “the General Line of the Party.” It could be saidthat Political Correctness is the General Line of the Establishment in America today;

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