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?
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.