Believe it or not, there once was a time when liberalism was a philosophy based upon certain time-tested principles and traditions -- some of which were even shared by conservatives.
But that was before the scourge of political correctness destroyed an ideology that once sought justice for the victims of tyranny everywhere.
Instead, North Americans now have to watch what they say or write for fear of being labelled insensitive, racist, homophobic or even – the worst slur of all – Islamophobic.
In other words, we currently must endure the suppression of constitutionally-supported free speech, in the name of political correctness.
Well, once again I’m going to put on my sociological thinking cap – I earned a PhD equivalent in sociology many moons ago -- and try to provide you with a social-cultural/historical answer.
Now please don’t get cross with me for going “intellectual" -- it’s sometimes necessary to resort to big words when writing about a disruptive social trend, in order to defeat it.
And here’s my analysis:
Political correctness is cultural Marxism -- that is, Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms.
Surprisingly, it’s a political trend that does not trace it origins back to the 1960s and the “flower-power” crowd (“hippies”), but back to the 19th century.
In fact, if we compare the basic tenets of political correctness with classical Marxism, the parallels are easy to spot.
Certainly, the dictatorial and authoritarian nature of political correctness is revealed most clearly on today’s college campuses – the equivalent of ivy-covered North Koreas -- in which any professor, student, or college president who dares challenge the metaphorical barricades built by the campus thought police quickly find themselves in trouble.
But we're not just talking about trouble on college campuses anymore.
Rather, this mindset is having a widespread devastating impact on societies worldwide.
To explain why, we need to look at a second dimension to cultural Marxism.
Original, economic Marxism (the “manifesto” that got the Communist revolutionary movement started) says that all of history is determined by the ownership of the means of production.
However, cultural Marxism, currently rechanneled into political correctness, says that all of history is determined by power; in this analysis, oppressive elites (identified in terms of their race, gender and occupations) have power over more sympathetic societal groups.
In original, economic Marxist theory, certain demographic groupings – for example, the workers and peasant classes -- were a priori good, and others (the bourgeoisie and capitalist ruling class) were evil.
The current “good groups” – as defined by today’s Marxist-derived political correctness – are female feminists, gays, blacks, Hispanics and even the cross-dressing “transgendered."
These groups are defined as “victims,” and therefore automatically “good” regardless of how they behave. And similarly, Caucasian males are a priori evil, the equivalent of the nefarious bourgeoisie in economic Marxism.
But how are these classifications determined? With crystal balls and tea leaves?
Through a wonderful invention called deconstruction, of course!
Deconstruction essentially takes any historical text – for example Shakespeare -- removes all meaning from it, and re-inserts any meaning desired by professor or student.
And basically that analysis commonly reveals that the offender, like Shakespeare, was sexist, racist or homophobic.
So the similarities between the classical Marxism of the old Soviet Union, and the cultural Marxism which has evolved into today’s political correctness, should be apparent.
The tyranny of the authoritarian Stalinist state has now transmuted into the politically-correct tyranny practiced by the privileged elite who run the Obama White House today.
The declared intent of this new tyranny is to prevent favored groups from being offended -- to compel all Americans to avoid using words or behavior that might upset gays, women, blacks, the obese and even the deranged.
And that new “tyranny” is used to help these politically tone-deaf members of America’s new ruling class (Obamaites) squelch political opposition through the long arm of the “law” of political correctness.
Punishment is meted out by the new vigilante justice of shaming, via sympathetic media lackeys or allied social media stalwarts who publicize the offenders’ horrid violations of political correctness.
Under such inverted social norms, citizens are disinclined to “get involved” – whether it’s reporting gun violence in troubled urban centers like Baltimore, or reporting suspicious “comings and goings” at the home of the San Bernardino terrorists (and thereby risk being accused of “Islamophobia”).
What prospects remain for defending the homeland when the FBI has been metaphorically disarmed by the crippling executive orders issued by America’s philosopher king, orders that ban U.S. government agencies from producing any training materials that link Islam with terrorism, and forcing the FBI to purge references to Islam and terrorism from its teaching curriculum and criminal database.
Or what about the damage inflicted on local law enforcement when King Obama stopped funding the purchase of armored SWAT team vehicles by urban police departments, and ordered all previously-purchased vehicles returned to the federal bureaucracy?
Not to mention that these were the same type of armored vehicles used by the San Bernardino police to rescue surviving victims of the husband/wife terrorist massacre in the city’s center.
And while we’re on the subject of the evils of hypocritical political correctness, dare we ask what has happened to the feminist movement?
In the Middle East, Islamists don’t hesitate to condone female genital mutation, sex slavery and child rape. And they’re all too willing to hang gays, and stone (to death) female adulterers.
Yet, today’s “feminist” defenders of "the right to choose" -- and to peddle aborted infant body parts – have nary a word of condemnation for the Islamist hyper sexists.
To do so, they imply, would be politically incorrect and offend the feelings of America’s Muslim population.
Political correctness is now sparking the death of liberal democracies everywhere.
And when these nations’ obituary is finally written, it will be penned by the Ayatollah of the world’s new 21st-century, planet-wide caliphate.
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