Political Correctness Run Amok

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VIRTUE IN A JACKBOOT: Anthony Browne on Political Correctness (PC)

[This is a re-post that deserves a repeat performance from 6/20/2007]

Anthony Browne’s “The Retreat of Reason-­Political Correctness and the Corruption of Debate in Modern Britain” is just one of a long litany of books written about the scourge of the new McCarthyism that has seized control of every important institution in the Anglophone world. Nevertheless, the subject is of such critical importance that it deserves re-iteration. Browne’s polemic is argued concisely and persuasively.

While his examples are primarily British, other countries such as  CANADA, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND and the UNITED STATES also suffer from the “PeeCee sickness” he describes.


[See: How To Destroy A Nation]

Political correctness (PC) has been defined as a neo-puritanism that attempts to save souls through assigning taboo or “disease” status to a real discussion of ideas such as immigration. People can avoid “infection” by obeying the taboo and either not participating in or preventing a thoughtful exchange of views on such topics.

For Browne, it is simply “an ideology that classifies certain groups of people as victims in need of protection from criticism, and which makes believers feel that no dissent should be tolerated…There are few as intolerant as those who preach tolerance…; people who transgress politically correct beliefs are not seen just as wrong, … but evil,… to be condemned, silenced and spurned….”

Browne itemizes numerous hallmarks of Political-Correctness:

…guilt by association,

….ad hominem attacks,

……support of censorship,

……..according high-status to victim-hood,

…………taking offence at anything related to racial,

……………..lack of humour, etc.

On liberal guilt, he says:

“The combination of Western (White) guilt and fear of “racism” has all but killed off the public concern about overpopulation in the last few decades. In the U.S., when population growth was caused by White people having too many babies, the country’s largest environment group, the Sierra Club, campaigned to control population. But now that U.S. population growth is mainly caused by (non-white) immigration, it has dropped all policies on population, and indeed its funding is dependent on NEVER trying to tackle the immigration issue.”

And of course, the PC have adopted double standards. Ever wonder why it is illegal now in many jurisdictions to publish crime figures broken down by the ethnicity of the offender, but that universities collect racial data to determine who gets in and to ensure that visible minorities get hired? Or that police “gender profiling… that targets men is perfectly acceptable, while racial profiling which targets Blacks is not?

In regards to preferential hiring, Browne’s book could have profited from the use of a flagrant Canadian example of “positive discrimination”(i.e., reverse racism and sexism).

As the National Post reported on June 27, 2005, the so-called shortfall of qualified applicants to the RCMP academy was due to its gender and racial hiring quotas that required white males to score 20% higher than women and 33% higher than visible minorities on aptitude tests in order to be accepted.

For awhile in the mid-90’s, with unmet racial and female recruitment targets co-existing with a five year BACKLOG of Caucasian male applicants, the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) had a quiet no white males policy. (ALSO, check out this story: http://uk.reuters.com/article/internetNews/idUKN1941717120070219)

Browne observes that PC has fueled a huge industry of charities and pressure groups that promote (with little opposition) the PC world-view; are fed by public taxes; and are given endless uncritical air-time by the BBC. On the other hand, an organization like Migration Watch, which campaigns for less immigration to Britain, a position that has 80% public support, enjoys no taxpayer money and “is almost totally blackballed by the BBC”.

“British groups, whose policy aims might call for a politically incorrect solution, usually bury that solution. For example, The Council for the Protection of Rural England campaigns against house building in the countryside, but it would never dare tackle one of the main, and most easily tackled, causes in the growth in housing demand: MASS IMMIGRATION.”

For Browne, shutting down debate to defend taboo policies does not end problems, but causes them to fester and grow to explosive proportions.

The Netherlands has turned from one of the most socially cohesive countries in the world… to one where Muslim and non-Muslim communities live in fear of each other…political correctness undermined the functioning of its liberal democracy to such an extent that it was no longer able to debate and tackle serious and growing problems until the tensions were so great in society that they exploded.” [Also read about SWEDEN]


Browne’s argument can best be summarized in one sentence.

Political correctness promotes the creation of a ‘victim mentality’, discourages people from taking responsibility for their own lives, suppresses free speech, and distorts public debate, leading to bad policies being adopted.”



ALSO Read:

Multiculturalism is Marxism

“RACE Diversity” – The Con Game

Is Racial Diversity Good For Canada?


Canada – Land of Pandering Fools

Multiculturalism – A Dividing Force


WHITE People – An Endangered Species

Visible Minorities Vs Invisible Victims

“Whiteness Studies” Demands An Explanation


Group Differences Are Real

IQ And The Wealth of Nations


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