We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The p.c. style of politics has one serious, possibly fatal drawback: It is exhausting. Claims of victimhood that are useful within the left-wing subculture may alienate much of America. The movement’s dour puritanism can move people to outrage, but it may prove ill suited to the hopeful mood required of mass politics. Nor does it bode well for the movement’s longevity that many of its allies are worn out. “It seems to me now that the public face of social liberalism has ceased to seem positive, joyful, human, and freeing,” confessed the progressive writer Freddie deBoer. “There are so many ways to step on a land mine now, so many terms that have become forbidden, so many attitudes that will get you cast out if you even appear to hold them. I’m far from alone in feeling that it’s typically not worth it to engage, given the risks.” Goldberg wrote recently about people “who feel emotionally savaged by their involvement in [online feminism] — not because of sexist trolls, but because of the slashing righteousness of other feminists.” Former Feministing editor Samhita Mukhopadhyay told her, “Everyone is so scared to speak right now.”
That the new political correctness has bludgeoned even many of its own supporters into despondent silence is a triumph, but one of limited use.
"Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to. "
Very difficult for my feeble mind to follow the labyrinth within the PC hierarchy.
All of this nonsense is frustrating and infuriating. It settles nothing and is a monumental waste of time. These people run around in their little fantasy world and expect the rest of us to play along. I still don't understand why people grounded in the real world take it seriously.
And the people that claim to be the victims of bullying turn out to be the bullies themselves.
If it is true that for every action there is an equal opposite reaction, then the backlash to political correctness, whenever it comes, is going to be something to behold.
I'm not scared to speak. But then, I don't give a $h!t what "feminists" think. Fortunately I went to college at a time when feminism was concerned with achieving equality, not supremacy and victimhood, so I didn't have to worry about my grades being slashed if I didn't toe the party line.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
They will not grow tired. They are merely resting. And if one thinks that the encouraging defectors from their insanity provides hope that we will be a greater majority, remember that we were the majority, by far, yet they overwhelmed us by fanatic persistence of victimhood. Even as the reasonable people come over to sense, it will make no difference until some great cataclysm exposes all.
Assistant Village Idiot
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"Biker" appears to be a scary, hands-off class to the PC crowd. For good reason: we don't care what they think, and there's nothing like a GFY grin/laugh backed up by a faceful of knuckles to discourage further engagement. Troglodyte behavior? Ask me if I care...
Notice how, in contrast to the joke that goes around sometimes, you never see lefty/PC folks at runs and rallies? A lot of us here in AZ are active in local politics, too, and their absence at the capitol/legislature when we're around speaks volumes. Maybe it's time for a Biker Party, eh? ;)