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  Political correctness - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The modern concept of political correctness arose in the 1970s-80s; at this time, it was becoming socially acceptable in the West for women and non-Caucasians to pursue lifestyles that had previously been held (nearly) exclusively by Caucasian men, such as being a major manager in a large corporation.
Criticism of political correctness is often associated with the claim that the Left has lost touch with the working class and has instead turned toward such things as postmodernism and post-structuralism, which are seen as incomprehensible to the general public, or has replaced their former emphasis on social class with multiculturalism and identity politics.
Politically Correct Fairy Tales, by John Hawkins, is another example [5] as is The Politically Correct Scrapbook by John and Laura Midgley.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Political_correctness   (2727 words)

 Political correctness - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Political correctness is the alteration of language said to redress real or alleged unjust discrimination or to avoid offense.
Political correctness may also be exhibited by the refusal to discuss particular traits of an ethnic or religious minority.
Use of the terms PC and politically correct declined in the late 1990s, and it is now mostly seen in comedy or as a political slur with questionable meaning.
www.encyclopedia-online.info /Political_correctness   (1872 words)

 The Triumph of Political Correctness
Political correctness, like its collectivist ancestor, is a political faith based on a nihilistic interpretation of man. PC zealots are less concerned with the welfare of minorities than they are with imposing their reductionist view of man on society.
Many proponents of political correctness do not consider their advocacy political or ideological; they are simply idealists, cranks and dreamers, well-intentioned yuppies and flower children with ponytails, who believe that it is a humane and decent policy.
Political propaganda and censorship are central to the totalitarian regime, for human thought processes are inextricably bound to human speech, and to inhibit one is to inhibit the other.
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 Political correctness
It can also include support for such political policies as affirmative action and multi-lingual education[?]; some degree of support of environmentalism and opposition to capitalism are often regarded as politically correct as well.
The alleged existence of political correctness, both the movement and the term describing it, rose to broad usage in the early 1980s.
Use of the terms "PC" and "politically correct" declined in the late 1990s, and the allegedly repressive political attitudes associated with these beliefs have started to fall out of favor somewhat, but it is asserted that the above-described attitudes associated with political correctness are still very strong in many universities and other institutions.
www.fastload.org /po/Political_correctness.html   (1077 words)

 Ethics, Education, and Political Correctness
Political correctness, at least on our campuses, has been defined by those opposed to and fearful of viewpoints they lump together under this loaded term.
First, political correctness is used to describe the goals of those advocating a more pluralistic, multicultural, race-, gender-, and class-sensitive curriculum.
Second, certain academicians are branded politically correct for insisting that intellectual inquiry reflects, to some degree, the values and interests of the inquirer and that aesthetic judgments are always intertwined with moral and political ones.
www.scu.edu /SCU/Centers/Ethics/publications/iie/v5n2   (1241 words)

 Political Correctness: The Scourge of Our Times   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
But Political Correctness remains just what it was intended to be: a sophisticated and dangerous form of censorship and oppression, imposed upon the citizenry with the ultimate goal of manipulating, brainwashing and destroying our society.
And under the pervasive guidance of Political Correctness that took hold from elementary school to university, from the media to the arts, from the country fields to factories and offices, Cubans learned to say what it was safe to say.
Political and religious fanatics, as demonstrated by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the subsequent war in Afghanistan, are extremely dangerous in today's world.
www.newsmax.com /archives/articles/2002/4/4/121115.shtml   (2031 words)

 Political Correctness
Political Correctness is one thing in South Africa and something else in Australia or America.
Political Correctness may be complex and ambiguous but it remains a useful concept.
It pilloried all the canons of Political Correctness from radical multiculturalism, feminism, and social constructivism to post-structuralism, post-modernism and cultural materialism.
www.liberalsindia.com /relevence/PoliticalCorrectness.php   (4262 words)

 Harvard Political Review - Beyond Political Correctness
The political correctness phenomenon has lost most of the public attention that it once garnered in the past few decades, when the terms by which we refer to society’s marginalized groups were deeply important to the media and public.
Moreover, proponents of politically correct speech have recognized that changing language is not tantamount to changing society, and opponents are coming to the conclusion that some liberals’ insistence on political correctness, far from being a major threat, is mostly a matter of semantics.
For political language to be considered “correct” in the twenty-first century, political neutrality is as important as sensitivity to marginalized groups.
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 Political Correctness
To that extent, Ellis suggests political correctness means adopting a position on any one of those issues that is consistent with the various orthodoxies on those subjects.
A politically incorrect position to take on that issue would be to say, ‘that’s complete nonsense – all societies everywhere have demonstrated marriage and the nuclear family and we are dealing with one of the fundamental building blocks of all societies wherever you find them," he says.
At that time the notion of political correctness became an important tool for Lenin who was trying to consolidate his control over his party, and used it to impose orthodoxy on almost every facet of society – education, politics, literature, law, ideology and even citizens’ reading habits.
www.investigatemagazine.com /apr3pc.htm   (3548 words)

 The origin and nature of political correctness.
To attempt to point out the odious nature of Political Correctness is to restate the crucial importance of plain speaking, freedom of choice and freedom of speech; these are the community's safe-guards against the imposition of tyranny, indeed their absence is tyranny (see "On Liberty", Chapter II, by J.S. Mill).
Political Correctness is merely the resentment of spoilt children directed against their parent's values.
Political Correctness is part of the social decline that generation by generation makes public behaviour less restrained and less rational.
www.users.bigpond.com /smartboard/pc.htm   (1671 words)

 Political Correctness: The New Communism
In the 1960s, before "politically correct" policies were introduced, Australia had no significant social problems, and for that reason was known as "the lucky country".
Since "Political Correctness" was not intended to be used as an ideology other than for the duration of the Second World War, it has reached its used-by date and should be discarded.
But their "politically correct" propaganda had fallen on fertile ground, that is, the Catholic population of Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States.
www.students.org.au /political/correctness   (3607 words)

 Eurealist » Political Correctness
Writing in the Guardian Roy Hattersley takes those who ague against political correctness to task, he mentions the case where a 10 year old boy was taken to court for calling a classmate a "Paki" which Judge Jonathan Feinstein said was "political correctness gone mad".
Very vivid pictures Lord Hattersley, but what the political correct brigade are actually about is social engineering, but calling gay men, gay men and not pooofters will not change the fact that to many homosexuality is an aberration, it is against their religious belifes and they condemn the practice.
PC and its adherents would have us belive that only its interpretation of social suitability will be tolerated, which is a non- politically correct notion in itself, as such it is as equally denigrating as a concept as racism or religious belifes it is in fact a new compleate religion.
eurealitshome.com /blog/?cat=7   (391 words)

 ShrinkWrapped: Political Correctness & the Denial of Reality IV
This is surrender by Dhimmis, accepting the thoroughly Politically Correct notion that what determines that speech is hate speech are the sensitivities of the most aggrieved.
One point he makes is that such ideological-nationalism as political correctness can be quite unstable and transferable; hence today it's political correctness, tomorrow it's fascism, as you point out.
Given the way that political correctness causes peoples worldview to slowly diverge more and more from reality, it is inevitable that at some point it is going to come crashing down.
shrinkwrapped.blogs.com /blog/2005/07/political_corre_3.html   (1219 words)

 Political Correctness - Whistle Stopper Political Forums
Political correctness is at its evilest in the academic world, where professors have lost their tenure for what they say (University of New Hampshire Biology Professor)--yet the same colleges will go all out to protect other forms of freedom of speech.
Political correctness is about being non-offensive to anyone and everyone to the point of absurdity.
In the South we learn a certain politeness that almost requires that you ask the following question, "What do you prefer to be called?" and what ever the person tells you, whether it was their name or the ethnic group or what-have-you was what you used from that point on.
www.whistlestopper.com /forum/showthread.php?t=3525   (1332 words)

 Gay Rights and Political Correctness: A Brief History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The philosophy of political correctness further asserts that only the thoughts and feelings of the oppressed should be listened to and respected; the thoughts and feelings of oppressors (or anyone associated with them) are seen as suspect--the defensive utterances of abusers who want to hold on to their power.
Finally, the philosophy of political correctness asserts that only the negative feelings of oppressors toward the oppressed may be viewed as prejudice, while any negative feelings of the oppressed toward the oppressors are reasonable reactions to the abuse of the oppressors and therefore not considered prejudice.
This, too, has become one of the main attitudes of political correctness: Anyone who is critical of any of the tenets of political correctness must be misguided and hence evil; and labels such as "bigot," "racist," "sexist," "misogynist" and "homophobe" are used to demean and punish them.
www.narth.com /docs/schoenewolf2.html   (3256 words)

 The Hairy Reasoner » Blog Archive » Primer on political correctness   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
I always suspected the right’s disdain for political correctness was a Sam-and-Diane sort of enmity, an animus that could only end with a lusty, guilty romp in the hay.
I’m using it to describe a particular political posture: one that treats identity politics not just as an ideology but as a trump card, that maintains a rigid orthodoxy while regarding itself as subversive, that uses a series of contrived outrages to feed a bureaucratic machine.
Since political correctness is fundamentally a rhetorical ploy to declare oneself (or group) the winner of a debate by prohibiting further discussion, it is little wonder that conservatives have embraced it.
dpdye.blog.usf.edu /2006/05/13/primer-on-political-correctness   (281 words)

 P.C. R.I.P. 2003 (The Death of Political Correctness)
Apparently, Mao was one of the first to use the word "correct" to describe the new speech, and for decades it was a staple of communist doctrine.
Political Correctness as we know it today flowered on U.S. campuses in the wake of the 1960s and took distinct shape by the late 70s, when the new wave of punishment, fear and shaming became codified.
Roth is to Political Correctness what George Orwell was to the burgeoning scourge of authoritarian socialism in the 1940s and 50s: a seer.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/1001117/posts   (4474 words)

 Open Directory - Society: Issues: Language: Political Correctness   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Political Correctness - An essay on its nature, origin and impact.
"Political Correctness" and the American Historical Profession - Paper arguing that right-wingers have long been imposing their own ideology, with sanctions against speech going against established orthodoxies.
Politically Correct Unix Programming - List of names of programs and terms from Unix and how they would be made politically correct.
dmoz.org /Society/Issues/Language/Political_Correctness   (290 words)

 The Origins of Political Correctness
We call it "Political Correctness." The name originated as something of a joke, literally in a comic strip, and we tend still to think of it as only half-serious.
Cultural Marxism, or Political Correctness, says that all history is determined by power, by which groups defined in terms of race, sex, etc., have power over which other groups.
The fact of the matter is that Political Correctness has a history, a history that is much longer than many people are aware of outside a small group of academics who have studied this.
www.academia.org /lectures/lind1.html   (2723 words)

 A Quick Primer on Political Correctness
The sad fact is that some of them, not a majority, but some, believe that all you people were raised in a backward, evil society, and that it is their job to cure you of all the false ideas and values that have been taught to you by your parents, ministers, teachers, and friends.
To be considered truly multicultural, it isn’t enough to be a minority or woman, you have to have the correct politics to go along with it.
Studying the political writings of the North Vietnamese Communists would be an exercise in multiculturalism; studying the biographies of Vietnamese boat people who escaped and founded a successful new life in America would not be multicultural.
www.contumacy.org /14PoliticalCorrectness.html   (1322 words)

 Political Crossfire Forums :: View topic - Political Correctness
Political correctness pushes valid views to extremes, then claims some superior human right to justify those excesses, then stifles legitimate investigation and debate.
Rantings about the evils of "political correctness" overwhelmingly demonstrate people's inability to look beyond the surface of an issue.
But derkEikopf is correct that the poster should not be belittled for sharing their thoughts.
www.politicalcrossfire.com /forum/viewtopic.php?t=42207   (3116 words)

 Peter Suber, "Unsimplifying Political Correctness"
Even if science (like literature) is conducted by embodied human beings inextricably enmeshed in their historical, economic, cultural, political, and sexual conditions, and even if this situatedness affects the construction of knowlege in science, it does not follow that justifiable 'canon revision' in the humanities has an obvious analogue in science.
Conservatives are correct that much abuse is pure speech that we may have to tolerate; but the left is correct that much abuse is harassment that goes beyond speech and may be prohibited without limiting anyone's rights.
Long before leftists first used the term 'political correctness' in mocking self-deprecation, at Earlham we were already a campus given to swallow or disguise conflict rather than face and discuss it.
www.earlham.edu /~peters/writing/pc.htm   (2327 words)

 The Historical Roots of "Political Correctness"
His view that a new Communist man had to be made before any political revolution led to a focus on the efforts of the intellectuals in the fields of education and the culture to perform this task.
A review of the historical roots of Political Correctness would not be complete without reference to the psychological process of dialectical stages of operant conditioning by words that have been directed against the larger body of Western Man in the generic sense before Frankfurt School Critical Theory came to be applied against American white males.
The visible evidence that Political Correctness reigns supreme over the American landscape is not a nice sight for the eyes of a traditional American to behold.
arcofcc.freeservers.com /Documents/pc.html   (3283 words)

 I cite: Political Correctness
In the first paragraph, political correctness is linked to censorship and politeness (good manners).
What is missing from this line of thinking is of course politics: the equation of political correctness with lies and with manners.
I think this is more complicated because we can speak of truth in various ways: we could say that the politically incorrect speak the truth of and from their partisan position.
jdeanicite.typepad.com /i_cite/2006/05/political_corre.html   (833 words)

 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Political correctness
In those days we did not so much get correct political and economic views, for there was then little teaching of sociology or political economy worthy of the name, but what we somehow did get, and largely from [[John Bascom[John] Bascom]], was a proper attitude toward public affairs.
Politically Correct Fairy Tales, by John Hawkins, is another example
"'Political correctness' and the attack on American colleges." In M. Bérubé & C. Nelson, Higher education under fire: Politics, economics, and the crisis in the humanities.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Politically_correct   (2498 words)

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