The PC Police

Like so many bad ideas that issue from Marxism and come to infect the culture at large, a mutated form of political correctness seems to have taken hold among some conservatives.

While this is partly an impulse to turn Alinskyite tactics back onto the Left, and impose on them the same sorts of standards that they impose on others, it is also indicative of a careless and dangerous tendency on the Right to internalize Leftist cultural constructs.

I began the day quipping, in response to the firing of Justine Sacco, criticism of Steve Martin, the Duck Dynasty kerfuffle, and to the endless parade of manufactured outrage generally, as follows:

In response, a Twitter follower was kind enough to send me a link to “The Origins of Political Correctness,” a fascinating overview of the Marxist origins and intent of PC.

I was particularly struck by this statement regarding Leftist hero Herbert Marcuse:

Marcuse defines “liberating tolerance” as intolerance for anything coming from the Right and tolerance for anything coming from the Left.

Well that pretty much gives away the game, eh?

Here’s the source quote, from “Repressive Tolerance”:

Liberating tolerance, then, would mean intolerance against movements from the Right and toleration of movements from the Left.

It doesn’t get more straightforward than that!

And then, as if on cue, came this heated post by the estimable Mark Steyn:

Having leaned on A&E to suspend their biggest star, GLAAD has now moved on to Stage Two:

“We believe the next step is to use this as an opportunity for Phil to sit down with gay families in Louisiana and learn about their lives and the values they share,” the spokesman said.

Actually, “the next step” is for you thugs to push off and stop targeting, threatening and making demands of those who happen to disagree with you. Personally, I think this would be a wonderful opportunity for the GLAAD executive board to sit down with half-a-dozen firebreathing imams and learn about their values, but, unlike the Commissars of the Bureau of Conformity Enforcement, I accord even condescending little ticks like the one above the freedom to arrange his own social calendar.

Mark then pointedly takes his editor at National Review to task for said editor’s apparently easygoing attitude toward all this:

I am sorry my editor at NR does not grasp the stakes. Indeed, he seems inclined to “normalize” what GLAAD is doing. But, if he truly finds my “derogatory language” offensive, I’d rather he just indefinitely suspend me than twist himself into a soggy pretzel of ambivalent inertia trying to avoid the central point – that a society where lives are ruined over an aside because some identity-group don decides it must be so is ugly and profoundly illiberal.

We need to be more careful about accepting, let alone acting on, cultural premises that are Marxist in origin and intent. As Marcuse points out, the playing field is not level–by design. We lose sight of that disparity at our own risk.


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