Friday, November 27, 2015

Time to Push Back on PC Talk


For John, BLUFResist Political Correctness.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



Here is an item on Political Correctness I missed yesterday, from The National Interest.  A three minute read, it talks to the current activist efforts to changes names on University Buildings.  The author is the magazine's editor, Mr Jacob Heilbrunn, and the Headline is "Political Correctness Goes To War on American History".

A friend of mine, a PhD Historian, noted:

[In graduate school] we had to study something we historians call Historiography—a course about how history is written.  It was really a philosophy course dressed up as a methods course.

One of the post-modernist books we read took the question "what is history" and turned it into "who is history for?" (by Georg Iggers)

But, back to the article, here is the lede.
George Orwell once remarked that Stalin’s Soviet Union was a place yesterday’s weather could be changed by decree.  America, it seems, is not wholly immune to this totalitarian impulse either.  It increasingly manifests itself in political correctness, a phenomenon that is flourishing at elite American universities.  Make no mistake: the authoritarian implications of this movement, as Jonathan Chait points out in New York magazine, should not be pooh-poohed.  Quite the contrary.  The tribunes of political correctness, Chait notes, “ are carrying out the ideals of a movement that regards the delegitimization of dissent as a first-order goal.”
Regards  —  Cliff

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