OCALA, Fla., February 14, 2014 — Political correctness is one of those things that one either likes or despises.
Due to PC cultures inhibiting certain forms of speech and, in a broader sense, free expression, they always enforce a certain perspective on the public. Whether most like this or not rarely matters.
“Political correctness is purely a measure to control independent thinkers like Ron Paul or myself,” journalist and publisher Taki Theodoracopulos told this journalist in 2012. “I recently wrote a column saying that if Petraeus had slept with a man, nothing would have happened. The press would have ignored it. Because he slept with a woman, of course, he had to resign and all that.”
Theodoracopulos also mentioned that “(p)olitical correctness is a way that the left controls the truth. It’s nothing more than that.”
What happens when informed thinkers on the left have different opinions? Beyond that, Theodoracopulos told of how he is “not allowed to criticize Israel because the moment you criticize the Likud, you’re an anti-Semite. The Jewish lobby has made sure of that. Any criticism of Israel, of the right-wing parties in Israel, will be immediately labeled anti-Semitic. Unless you’re Jewish, then you’re a self-loathing Jew.”
Harsh stuff, to say the least. It seems clear that political correctness takes a toll on both sides of the political spectrum.
Two high profile victims of PC inquisitions are Ted Rall and Roosh V.
Rall is a left-leaning columnist and cartoonist whose work is syndicated nationally. For years, he has provided keen insight about the follies of American political life; irrespective of whether this irritates leftists, rightists, or even centrists.
Roosh has built the career which every man surely dreams of. A career playboy who writes about relationships and the human condition, he speaks for a new generation of men that have no wish to be feminized. As one might imagine, his politics track rightward.
Despite having very different perspectives, both Rall and Roosh speak to heart of being factually honest in a politically correct world.
In spite of their troubles, can either name an important positive attribute of PC life?
“Certainly, identitarian politics aren’t all negative,” Rall tells Communities Digital News. “I would rather live in a world where women and blacks and other historically disadvantaged groups didn’t have to tolerate being insulted with all sorts of disgusting slurs. It’s also hard to imagine how, for example, overweight Americans would be able to otherwise garner sympathy for their complaints.”
Roosh explains to CDN that “(i)t does a great job of protecting your feelings if you happen to be a sensitive person who must be shielded from the often painful truths of reality. For people who want to live in Disneyworld, political correctness is a great tool that prevents you from getting offended or insulted, keeping your emotional development on par with that of a young child.”
What about political correctness’s notable negative qualities?
“Instead of fighting over issues that really matter, they group of Americans into sects whose primary differences are simply about vocabulary, not about big ideas,” Rall says. “So you can have the spectacle of progressives and liberals supporting Pres. Obama and his Democratic Party even though the Democrats don’t pursue progressive or liberal agenda items. They just like the way Obama talks. He talks like them. He doesn’t think like them, but that doesn’t really matter anymore.
“Liberals and progressives, at least the ones that I grew up with in the 1970s, would never support a president who maintains a concentration camp at Guantánamo or uses drones to assassinate enemies of the state. And of course the NSA scandal should have energized the left against the Democratic Party, but because of political correctness, that would mean opposing the first African-American president. No way can they do that. This is about team politics: you support your team no matter what. What they do doesn’t matter. On the right, you see this when presidents like Reagan and Bush run up the deficit and conservatives make excuses.”
Roosh states that political correctness “creates a false construct of the world that has the effect of limiting speech and therefore, thought. It also acts as soft censorship because it prevents you from giving your opinions or even sharing a truthful statement without fear of losing your job or having the Google results for your name tainted with accusations of racism, misogyny, or extremism.
“You must toe the line of acceptable liberal thought at all times to not jeopardize your income. Working in an American corporation today is probably not that different from working in a Soviet factory when it comes to the level of energy that must be spent to watch what you say. Sharing your personal beliefs with co-workers or even what you did over the weekend is no longer safe.”