October 29, 2007

PC Police

Not for everyone, I'm sure, but I think "Literature Lost" is a nice (long) read about the origins of political correctness. A tiny sample:
Given our knowledge of the world through modern communications, it takes an extraordinary act of self-deception not to see that it is the developed countries that are slowly leading the world away from racism and male dominance. To demand an end to racism and sexism is not to reject Western society but, on the contrary, to ally oneself with Western values. "Enlightened" attitudes toward the relations between men and women; social justice; torture, rape, and other forms of physical brutality; tribalism; and even imperialism have slowly coalesced in Western societies. Only someone who reads history blindfold could think that the absence of these evils is a normal state of humankind from which the West deviates.

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