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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