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Politically Correct equals Newspeak

I first encoun­tered polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness back in Sep­tem­ber of 1991 when I first attended the Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts in Amherst. It became imme­di­ately appar­ent to me that this polit­i­cal cor­rect non­sense was a dan­ger­ous form of Orwellian cen­sor­ship. Newspeak, from George Orwell’s 1984, leapt to mind the first time I encoun­tered the PC thought police in action. For those of you who haven’t read 1984 recently, here is how George Orwell described Newspeak in the Appen­dix “The Prin­ci­ples of Newspeak.”

The pur­pose of Newspeak was not only to pro­vide a medium of expres­sion for the world-​view and men­tal habits proper to the devo­tees of Ing­soc, but to make all other modes of thought impos­si­ble. It was intended that when Newspeak had been adopted once and for all and Old­speak for­got­ten, a hereti­cal thought — that is, a thought diverg­ing from the prin­ci­ples of Ing­soc — should be lit­er­ally unthink­able, at least so far as thought is depen­dent on words.

Here are excerpts from arti­cle “The Ori­gins of Polit­i­cal Cor­rect­ness” from the Accu­racy in Acad­e­mia. They will demon­strate the par­al­lels between Newspeak and Polit­i­cal Correctness.

If we look at it ana­lyt­i­cally, if we look at it his­tor­i­cally, we quickly find out exactly what it is. Polit­i­cal Cor­rect­ness is cul­tural Marx­ism. It is Marx­ism trans­lated from eco­nomic into cul­tural terms. It is an effort that goes back not to the 1960s and the hip­pies and the peace move­ment, but back to World War I. If we com­pare the basic tenets of Polit­i­cal Cor­rect­ness with clas­si­cal Marx­ism the par­al­lels are very obvious.

First of all, both are total­i­tar­ian ide­olo­gies. The total­i­tar­ian nature of Polit­i­cal Cor­rect­ness is revealed nowhere more clearly than on col­lege campuses.

And finally, both have a method of analy­sis that auto­mat­i­cally gives the answers they want. For the clas­si­cal Marx­ist, it’s Marx­ist eco­nom­ics. For the cul­tural Marx­ist, it’s decon­struc­tion. Decon­struc­tion essen­tially takes any text, removes all mean­ing from it and re-​inserts any mean­ing desired.

To fur­ther empha­size the par­al­lels here are excerpts from the arti­cle “Polit­i­cal Cor­rect is Cul­tural Marx­ism” which appeared in the Amer­i­can Thinker

PC, just like Marx­ism, forces peo­ple to live a lie by deny­ing real­ity. PC takes a polit­i­cal phi­los­o­phy and says that on the basis of the cho­sen phi­los­o­phy, cer­tain things must be true, and real­ity that con­tra­dicts its “truth” must be forbidden

PC, just like Marx­ism, has a method of analy­sis that always pro­vides the answer it wants. For PC, the “answer” is found through decon­struc­tion, which takes any sit­u­a­tion, removes all mean­ing from it, and replaces it with PC’s desired meaning.

Both Newspeak and polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness are total­i­tar­ian in nature. George Orwell wrote 1984 as a warn­ing against what was hap­pen­ing in the Soviet Union so Newspeak was based on Marx­ist prin­ci­ples. just like polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness. Both seek to con­trol thought by con­trol­ling language.

Unlike Newspeak, polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness is alive and well here in the United States, where it has infected all aspects of our cul­ture. Col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties were the first to be infected by polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness, which is now preached in just about every class, and where con­trary ideas are not wel­come. Hol­ly­wood was also infected along with the news media, which has turned both into pro­pa­ganda arms for progressives.

All across the United States peo­ple are afraid speak their minds because they are afraid to be labeled big­ots. In far too many cases, indi­vid­u­als are denied the oppor­tu­nity to speak their minds because the media is so infected and con­trary opin­ions are not allowed.

Polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness is dan­ger­ous. All crit­i­cism of Islam is deemed islam­o­pho­bic no mat­ter how valid the crit­i­cism is. When­ever there is a ter­ror­ist attack by Islamic extrem­ists all con­nec­tions to Islam are swept under the rug. A patho­log­i­cal fear of guns is a cen­tral tenet of polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness with gun con­trol a cen­tral theme. All crit­i­cism of ille­gal immi­gra­tion is labeled xenophobic.

Polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness is designed to influ­ence elec­tions. Con­ser­v­a­tive poli­cies and ideals are labeled big­oted, extreme, and offen­sive by the media while lib­eral ideals are lion­ized. All efforts at secur­ing elec­tions through voter ID are labeled racist.

Refus­ing to be silenced is the only way to counter polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness. We must always speak our minds. We must speak out about the evils of polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness. On my dorm room door I had a large sign pro­claim­ing “polit­i­cal cor­rect is cen­sor­ship.” The sign was van­dal­ized often and I took a lot of heated crit­i­cism because that was not a pop­u­lar posi­tion at UMASS but the sign remained. I am fre­quently crit­i­cal of polit­i­cal cor­rect­ness on Face­book and I post what­ever I want no mat­ter how much it offends my lib­eral friends. For­tu­nately for us the inter­net has pro­vided a mul­ti­tude of options for peo­ple to get non PC news and express non PC views.

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I first encountered political correctness back in September of 1991 when I first attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  It became immediately apparent to me that this political correct nonsense was a dangerous form of Orwellian censorship.  Newspeak, from George Orwell’s 1984, leapt to mind the first time I encountered the PC thought police in action.  For those of you who haven’t read 1984 recently, here is how George Orwell described Newspeak in the Appendix “The Principles of Newspeak.”

The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of Ingsoc, but to make all other modes of thought impossible. It was intended that when Newspeak had been adopted once and for all and Oldspeak forgotten, a heretical thought — that is, a thought diverging from the principles of Ingsoc — should be literally unthinkable, at least so far as thought is dependent on words.

Here are excerpts from article “The Origins of Political Correctness” from the Accuracy in Academia.  They will demonstrate the parallels between Newspeak and Political Correctness.

If we look at it analytically, if we look at it historically, we quickly find out exactly what it is. Political Correctness is cultural Marxism. It is Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms. It is an effort that goes back not to the 1960s and the hippies and the peace movement, but back to World War I. If we compare the basic tenets of Political Correctness with classical Marxism the parallels are very obvious.

First of all, both are totalitarian ideologies. The totalitarian nature of Political Correctness is revealed nowhere more clearly than on college campuses.

And finally, both have a method of analysis that automatically gives the answers they want. For the classical Marxist, it’s Marxist economics. For the cultural Marxist, it’s deconstruction. Deconstruction essentially takes any text, removes all meaning from it and re-inserts any meaning desired.

To further emphasize the parallels here are excerpts from the article “Political Correct is Cultural Marxism” which appeared in the American Thinker

PC, just like Marxism, forces people to live a lie by denying reality.  PC takes a political philosophy and says that on the basis of the chosen philosophy, certain things must be true, and reality that contradicts its “truth” must be forbidden

PC, just like Marxism, has a method of analysis that always provides the answer it wants.  For PC, the “answer” is found through deconstruction, which takes any situation, removes all meaning from it, and replaces it with PC’s desired meaning.

Both Newspeak and political correctness are totalitarian in nature.  George Orwell wrote 1984 as a warning against what was happening in the Soviet Union so Newspeak was based on Marxist principles. just like political correctness.  Both seek to control thought by controlling language.

Unlike Newspeak, political correctness is alive and well here in the United States, where it has infected all aspects of our culture.  Colleges and universities were the first to be infected by political correctness, which is now preached in just about every class, and where contrary ideas are not welcome. Hollywood was also infected along with the news media, which has turned both into propaganda arms for progressives.

All across the United States people are afraid speak their minds because they are afraid to be labeled bigots.  In far too many cases, individuals are denied the opportunity to speak their minds because the media is so infected and contrary opinions are not allowed.

Political correctness is dangerous.  All criticism of Islam is deemed islamophobic no matter how valid the criticism is.  Whenever there is a terrorist attack by Islamic extremists all connections to Islam are swept under the rug.  A pathological fear of guns is a central tenet of political correctness with gun control a central theme.   All criticism of illegal immigration is labeled xenophobic.

Political correctness is designed to influence elections.  Conservative policies and ideals are labeled bigoted, extreme, and offensive by the media while liberal ideals are lionized.  All efforts at securing elections through voter ID are labeled racist.

Refusing to be silenced is the only way to counter political correctness.  We must always speak our minds. We must speak out about the evils of political correctness.  On my dorm room door I had a large sign proclaiming “political correct is censorship.”  The sign was vandalized often and I took a lot of heated criticism because that was not a popular position at UMASS but the sign remained.  I am frequently critical of political correctness on Facebook and I post whatever I want no matter how much it offends my liberal friends.  Fortunately for us the internet has provided a multitude of options for people to get non PC news and express non PC views.

 

A note from DaTechGugy: I hope you enjoyed Jon Fournier’s piece. Remember we will be judging the entries in Da Magnificent tryouts by hits both to their post and to DaTipJar So if you like Jon Fournier’s work please consider sharing this post, and if you hit DaTipjar because of it don’t forget to mention Jon Fournier’s post is the reason you did so.




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