The incessant demand that we offend no person and no group (except of course Christians) is what is known as political correctness. It has a stranglehold on the West, and it is getting more and more draconian and oppressive. Indeed, it is killing freedom and democracy and replacing it this with a soft fascism.
I of course regularly seek to monitor and expose this madness. In a sense one could say that my website is one long bit of documentation of the madness of political correctness. Hundreds of examples have been highlighted here, and many thousands could be.
Jacques Barzun once stated that political correctness “does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred.” Quite so. There is nothing tolerant about it. It is one massive attempt at coercive utopianism. It is using the jackboot of the state to suppress any opinions, thoughts and beliefs that are not considered acceptable to the leviathan state and the radical activists.
It makes criminals out of ordinary citizens, and it strips away basic freedoms and rights of ordinary people. And it is getting worse each passing day. The good news is there are a few brave souls still to be found in the West who not only oppose political correctness utterly and thoroughly, but are willing to face the wrath of the state in exposing all this moonbattery.
One such fearless voice in the wilderness is Melanie Phillips, the intrepid English commentator who will not be silenced by the PC thugs. She produces a steady stream of intelligent, incisive and much-needed commentary on the madness that passes for life in the West nowadays.
Her latest piece is a real ripper, and deserves a wide reading. It is not just that her commentary is so good here, but the subject matter she is dealing with is so very incredible. I let her pick up the story in what is yet another imbecilic case of political correctness:
“The word ‘Orwellian’ has become over-used to the point of cliche. Yet there is really no other way to describe the deeply sinister, upside-down onslaught upon common sense that has extended even into the school playgrounds of politically correct Britain.
“The aim was originally to create a kinder, gentler world — with a commitment to eradicating racial or any other type of prejudice. Supporters of these beliefs profess to loathe and detest bullying, with teachers instigating school playground patrols and ‘anti-bullying weeks’ to stamp out this hateful practice.
“And yet, in pursuance of these aims, we have witnessed the rise of the widespread state-sponsored bullying of children. The latest example was the experience of a seven-year-old boy from Hull, whose mother was astounded to be told by his primary school to sign a form admitting he was racist.
“So what was the heinous act this child had committed to cause him to be branded in this way? Why, merely to have asked a five-year-old boy in the playground whether he was ‘brown because he was from Africa’. What on earth is racist about that question? It does not express a hateful dislike of, or racial superiority over, another person on account of the colour of their skin. It merely wonders, in a child-like way, about the reason for that colour.
“It is thus a perfectly inoffensive question from a curious child. The reason for the five-year-old’s brown skin is, indeed, that his ancestry lies in another continent. So how can a correct assumption constitute a prejudice? The school’s gross over-reaction suggests that racism is being redefined to include not only hateful references to someone’s colour, but any reference to it at all.
“Real racial prejudice is, indeed, a horrible thing. But such wildly inappropriate labelling is to trivialise and thus effectively deny the harm done by truly vile attitudes. What’s more, it is particularly odious to hang the label of racist round a child’s neck. Witch-hunts are bad enough in themselves; but to make a child their target is really quite obscene.”
In between her introduction and her conclusion she lists a number of other appalling cases of PC zaniness. Many of these cases I have also discussed in recent months. One case may have you scratching your head, but a whole string of these cases will have your entire head reeling.
Phillips finishes her piece this way: “So how on earth has Britain, the historic cradle of liberty, got itself to the point where it conducts witch-hunts against children for expressing ‘forbidden’ views? It all stems from the collapse of socialism, after which left-wingers shifted their focus from economics to issues of group identity.
“Instead of attacking the capitalist West for oppressing the workers, they attacked mainstream society for oppressing marginalised or minority groups that were held to be victims of the majority. Hugely aided by human rights law, such groups then became immune from criticism and were encouraged to complain about their treatment.
“Moreover, how people felt became much more important than anything they actually did. So if such a victim group claimed to have been insulted, that was regarded as proof that an insult had actually occurred. This replacement of objective reality by subjective feelings was a recipe for turning truth and justice inside out.
“When George Orwell created his fictional ‘thought police’ and ‘Ministry of Truth’, he was attacking Stalinism and its attempt to re-configure human psychology itself. Incredible as it may seem, that’s what we have in Britain with ‘political correctness’, which should more properly be called cultural Stalinism — a regime of oppression and intimidation in which even innocent children are being branded as bigots. A kinder, gentler world? No, this is where freedom dies with a boot stamping on its face.”
It is the end of freedom all right. That is why we must never let the forces of political correctness prevail. We must resist this totalitarian onslaught with all our strength. Western democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and freedom of religion are all too valuable to be allowed to succumb to the PC fascists.