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Failure produces political correctness, in science and elsewhere

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At Ricochet, Claire Berlinski (naughty girl, she is examining the intelligent design controversy as if there was something obvious to know about the universe we live in) says, (June 13, 2011),

What exactly is “political correctness?” Where does this idea come from, historically? What are its effects upon science, government, the public at large? Is it a single thing? How dangerous is it, really?

Depends. Some, who have dealt with PC on the ground, would say to anyone: Are you protected by a bureaucracy? Does your income and social position depend on others being forced to acknowledge you, even though you are useless or destructive to them? Are people expected to bark nonsense that upholds your position, for their own safety?

She adds,

I’m perfectly at liberty to discuss my own contribution to this conversation, which was to note that 1) We had quite some difficulty defining the term in a way that unified all of our examples; and 2) However you define it, basically, it came from the Soviet Union.

No surprise there. Failing systems suppress independent assessments of their progress. Darwinism is an obvious example.

Thought: When the United States put guys on the moon, how much did they care whether some people said they hadn’t? You can pretty much track the growth of massive failure by the growth in political correctness.

5 Replies to “Failure produces political correctness, in science and elsewhere

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    Robert Byers says:

    Political correctness is a term coined by critics.
    It is defining opinions and enforcement on certain matters as coming from those in positions of power.
    As opposed to historical control from politics and laws.
    As opposed to historical control from society or rather majorities in any place.
    What is correct moral actions or thoughts or words is being determined and punishment is being determined by those in positions of power and is not from society or historical control powers.

    Largely its about identity issues but it has expanded its borders to other fields.
    its a bad word and know one admits to it.
    Yet its about the liberal elite.

    The people must take back their rights to decide what is correct and punishments thereof.

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    Ilion says:

    Political correctness is a term coined by critics.

    Actually, the term was coined by its practitioners in the academic left.

    It is defining opinions and enforcement on certain matters as coming from those in positions of power.
    As opposed to historical control from politics and laws. [blah, blah, blah]

    Actually, ‘political correctness’ is about defining — and enforcing — what thoughts may even be thought and what questions may even be asked by reference to the ever-changing certitudes of the academic left.

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    lamarck says:

    Well maybe they don’t care but they care if Bart Sibrel asks them, that’s for sure. See his astro-nots gone wild videos.

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    Robert Byers says:

    Ilion.
    Maybe and a no.
    I understood PC was defined by its hostile critics but perhaps it was by the left itself.
    I don’t know.
    It is now a bad word.

    NO.
    It is not just about thoughts and questions in a changing scene.
    It is about defining and enforcing opinions, and any actions thereof, of what is right and wrong from positions of power.
    Political means power as opposed to society or government/law.

    its about correct behavior and opinions as determined
    by powerful elements unrelated to normal processes in deciding right and wrong.
    The elite and not the people.
    Like in the very old days.

    To fight them is to demand the natural rights and freedoms of a free people.
    No boss dictating or punishing.

    The people may agree with some correctness ideas but not in the severity or any punishment.

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    Ilion says:

    RB:I understood PC was defined by its hostile critics but perhaps it was by the left itself.

    Hmmmm … ‘PC’ was defined by its critics? What an interesting view of causation.

    The first reported public use (*) of the phrase – in the US (**) — “that’s not politically correct” was by a leftist academic (a woman) speaking at a conference. In her talk she made an observation about reality, of the sort that “liberals” and full-bore leftists imagine they can define out of existence by attacking anyone who notices the “inconvenient truths”, and then she said, “… but it’s not ‘politically correct’ to point that out.

    (*) I can’t supply a link … but that’s ok, since it doesn’t appear that you’re willing to think critically about this anyway. I’d bet that that because you yourself bow to the idol of PC.

    (**) The concept, and phrase, has its origins in the old Soviet Union, in which “truth” is whatever The Party says it is. Today.

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