June 08, 2015

Political Correctness Replaces The Tyranny of the Majority With The Tyranny Of The Minority

Tim BallRebel Columnist
 

What is political correctness? One dictionary defines it as

“marked by or adhering to a typically progressive orthodoxy on issues involving especially ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or ecology.” 

The trouble is that doesn’t clarify the issue. What is a “progressive orthodoxy?” Why is “ecology” included? Correctness is an issue that evokes strong and divisive feelings. People are total supporters, or they are confused.  Supporters use it to bully and control from a supposed moral high ground. Everyone else is confused. They recognize some values to society but overall see or sense greater threats. The contradiction is it developed to free society.

Where and why did correctness develop to dominate western society? Is it just another false step in the evolution of political and social ideas? Is it constructive or destructive?

Most agree that the idea evolved in the US in the 1980s, as protests became the focal point for opposition to existing rules, regulations, and values. It gained a quick foothold because it became politically incorrect to oppose political correctness. Disciples took the moral high ground in several ways.

They were supposedly protecting minorities, stopping bullying, opposing government overreach, resisting police authoritarianism, giving voice to plants and animals (hence ecology,) and allowing people “to do their own thing.” They conveniently ignored that it was always at somebody else’s expense. It is the selfishness that contradicts the claims of caring for others inherent in collectivism.

The obvious impingement most people experience or recognize is the restriction to free speech. The United States is the only country that has free speech as the primary freedom enshrined in its Constitution as the First Amendment. The Founding Fathers realized its importance because the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms, allowed citizens to prevent any government usurping their First Amendment rights.

As political commentator Glenn Beck pithily explained, “Political correctness doesn’t change us, it shuts us up.” So the result of political correctness, designed to emancipate some, ends up suppressing most others. The larger problem is it fuels uncertainty and hostility. As Jacques Barzun put it, “Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Political commentator Irving F Stone (1907-1989) recognized this trait of emancipation. “Every emancipation has in it the seeds of a new slavery, and every truth easily becomes a lie.”

Loss of free speech is important and frustrating, but there is a larger underlying problem that people sense but can’t identify. It is part of the feeling of helplessness and loss of reason and common sense that goes with being bullied. The concepts of one person, one vote, and majority rule are the basis of Western democracy. Political correctness overturns them using claims of the tyranny of the majority as the need for change.

The problem is we now have the tyranny of the minority. Even the smallest group or even an individual can demand and get more rights and freedoms than the majority. Frustrations of minorities are replaced by frustrations of the majority and that can, as Brazun says, lead to organized hatred.

In 1869 John Stuart Mill wrote On Liberty, in which he identified freedom of speech and choice as protections against tyranny. The contradiction is that people promoting political correctness believe they are enhancing freedom and releasing people from tyranny. The reality is exactly the opposite.

I now fully understand a joke I heard as a teenager. A man is on a soapbox at Hyde Park Corner, London. He is haranguing the crowd with a series of promises prefaced with the phrase Come the Revolution…” After several promises he says, “Come the Revolution we will all wear shirts and ties.” A voice shouts out, “But I don’t want to wear a shirt and tie.” To which the speaker replies, “Come the Revolution, you will do what you are bloody well told.” 

 

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commented 2016-03-10 13:45:57 -0500
The clause Trudeau added in the Charter about special programs for the “historically disadvantaged” was very much the planting of the divisive-seeds. I’m SO annoyed the Premiers of the day didn’t see it. How could they not? regrettably, it’s worked all too well. Today, the SCC puts a twisted interpretation on it, that it means they can simply cite that clause to circumvent all other laws. Of course, Trudeau knew this would happen in due course, he was simply “laying the groundwork”, and gave a fake reason at the time. That explanation was, it allows for “special programs”. At the time, new immigrants of business class got Grants of 10k. This was seen as a relatively cheap way to create jobs, and this was the example he gave of the correct use of the clause.
commented 2016-03-10 12:46:31 -0500
You gotta love Tim Ball’s articles no?

Short / quick responses when dealing directly with Lefty’s is important. Here’s mine . . .

Get lost bully – your stupid psychology doesn’t work on me!!
commented 2015-06-16 15:18:40 -0400
Wayne – He is definitely not the intellectual that dear old dad was. I think if PET was still here, he would have steered his boy along another career path.
commented 2015-06-16 00:48:08 -0400
Justin Trudeau is just plain stupid.
commented 2015-06-10 21:14:47 -0400
I don’t give a crap about PC stuff. However it really does bother me when one PC idiot will label me a “racist” because I say something in general like, “My Jewish friend is the epitome of a Jew because he hates to spend money.”. That is what I observe of my friend but I do not hate him or want to kill him for this trait. Because I said it though I’m immediately am labelled a “racist”. I make comments on other websites criticizing other groups about their plight based on my observations of their self pity and am again labelled a “racist”. I’m no fan of this stifling of my freedom of speech. Those who hear me say something stupid can’t judge my full character based on a comment from an observation but the PC crowd think they can. I’m rather sick of these kinds of people and I’m right there with you people putting my Politically Uncorrected opinions on as many websites as I can. CBC hates me for it.
commented 2015-06-09 18:19:29 -0400
Erin – in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, you’re already the minority. Across Canada white anglos made up 57% of the population in 2011. That number is declining and if it hasn’t already happened, then in the next few years it will, and your majority will be no more. Before the decade is out you’ll be able to count yourself among those “delicate minorities” that hide behind the “troubling” Charter. So while you and others on this board might want to harp on about returning to majority rule, you might want to be careful about what you wish for – unless what you wish for is a broad coalition of visible minorities, first nations, and french-Canadians running the place, in which case carry on.
commented 2015-06-09 17:06:39 -0400
@glen Craig; “what “we” are going to do about it is best left unsaid”. I like that. At times I wonder; where has the Conservative voice in North America (especially Canada) gone? Then I remember that Conservatives are quiet people who take action as opposed to demonstrating in the streets and bullying on comment threads. I’m looking forward to another strong Conservative majority in Ottawa after October and it is time to shut down the Lefty Progs that are driving our society into social and financial ruin. But, I’m not saying…
commented 2015-06-09 08:51:14 -0400
So, what are you doing about it? I am on twitter and blogs of the politically correct and trolling and stating my incorrect opinions. Bullying as they bully me!!
commented 2015-06-09 01:25:47 -0400
Bill Elder, agreed. It’s absolute insanity. Once more, Dr. Ball is right on target.
What’s truly terrifying is that his observations extend to nearly every sphere of human activity today, not just the politics of climate change. For example, as a Canadian, I’ve always been troubled by our Charter of (so-called) Rights and Freedoms, because I instinctively recognized its capacity to create a “tyranny of the minority”. I brought this up as an issue in constitutional law class, and my professor (along with my fellow students) reacted as though I had just uttered the N-word. I’m so conditioned to politically correct expression that I can’t even write the word out fully – ni**er.
And therein lies the problem Dr. Ball describes. My freedom of speech and expression has been subjugated in order to accommodate the apparently delicate sensibility of a minority group, and yet this minority group is permitted to continue using the same word that I, based on the colour of my skin alone, am forbidden from uttering.
Some may think that prohibiting a group of people from speaking a certain word based on their skin colour isn’t really a big deal, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The problem is so much worse, infecting every aspect of our individual liberty.
For a basic primer on how this has occurred, one need only look to one of the most highly-publicized persecutions in recent history organized against the economic freedom and successful entrepreneurialism of an individual who built one of the largest print media empires in the world from nothing: Conrad Black. His memoir, A Matter of Principle, is quite telling, but some may prefer a more objective analysis. I therefore recommend the following essay by the editors of Books in Canada, Adrian Stein and Olga Stein, entitled “Auto da Fé: Conrad Black, Corporate Governance, and the End of Economic Man”, available here: http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.125.1106&rep=rep1&type=pdf
Dr. Ball, thank you for adding your voice to TheRebel.Media for others to hear.
commented 2015-06-08 22:02:21 -0400
On the money Dr. Tim – PC is a tyranny when enforced – ever notice how the worst PC disciples always have a genetic footprint like someone crossed a fascist with a puritan? Goose stepping piety.
commented 2015-06-08 21:41:49 -0400
I Like your courage Tim Hansen and thank you Tim Ball for the article. I always say there are two things I hate; political correctness and religious relativism. Religious relativism is generally a view held by non-believers or nominal believers who would rather watch a football game than be concerned about the state of this world or country. Those who are politically correct have no sense of right or wrong. They get their moral compass from themselves and therefore it is very skewed in favor of themselves. The God of the Bible says we are not capable of making our own rules and I believe He is right.
commented 2015-06-08 19:40:01 -0400
The proponents of political correctness need to learn the difference between “high ground” and “high horse”. “High ground” is where you have chosen to take a last stand against hordes rising against you….“high horse” is a position of arrogant entitlement to trample down what others have planted.

@des Zacharias…I sense that you…like me…see the futility in trying to change or divert this with ANYTHING that could be said….you simply cannot reason with these people….what “we” are going to do about it is best left unsaid……;-)
commented 2015-06-08 19:16:35 -0400
The Tyranny of the Majority, The Tyranny Of The Minority, The Tyranny of The Fuzz Caught Between My Toes – blah blah blah. Made up crap for the sheeple to learn, lather, rinse and repeat.

The process of information dissemination has been the same for decades, until, wait for it…..yes, the internet.

The socialists could push their crap through the MSM and the MSM would work over the voters with it. Not anymore – ergo the vile MSM hate spew as they run out of rope – who needs liberal attack ads on Harper? Just pick up a Torstar, G&M or NP (what’s left of them) or watch sh*tbag MSM news – CTV makes me puke when I watch for more than 5 minutes.

Tyranny of the socialist pigs disguised as intelligent business people – that’s what it really is.
commented 2015-06-08 15:19:22 -0400
Des Zacharias. First of all drop the “we”. Those who opposes political correctness are individuals not the sheep of “we”. So what are you doing about it? As for me, I am speaking my mind and watching the outrage while searching for the few that “get it”.
commented 2015-06-08 14:25:56 -0400
Soooooo….what are we doing about it?