On Political Correctness

Anthony Malcolm Daniels, writing under the nom de plume Theodore Dalrymple, is a retired physician with a varied career in medicine and several dozen books and countless articles to his credit. His single most significant insight is captured by this rather extensive quote from an interview he did in 2005 upon the publication of his book, Our Culture, What’s Left of It.

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.

Dalrymple has proven to be remarkably prescient as the Left has increasingly insisted that everyone loudly and frequently deny the plain facts of biology and human nature. It is no longer sufficient to assent to the Progressives’ lies; one must endorse them enthusiastically or be accused of an ever-growing litany of –ists and –phobics. Many of the lies are so obvious that no one believes them – not even their promulgators. One must conclude that the purpose is as Dalrymple claims: to humiliate and to create a society individuals who are easy to control.


I tagged this as TOTD to mean thought of the decade. It may be the thought of this age.

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TOTD 2018-11-11: Come Out From Under the Table

John’s recent post reconnected me with a scholar, Rachel Fulton Brown. Michael Rectenwald interviewed her in 2017.

She is recently was interviewed by Gad Saad last month.  The interview starts out with, “You came out from under the table!” It was a humorous reference to how this woman has been demonized to the point that people should hide under a table. You have been warned.


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TOTD 2018-11-7: Borderline Shooting

The shooter has been identified as Ian David Long. He was a 28 year old former Marine. The motives are unclear.

It is sad to see young people out having a good time not make it home this way. The hearts of many families are broken. What took a few seconds will take a lifetime to deal with. The pain is more intense because of the senselessness.

How does one stop something like this happening? Do we just shrug our shoulders and say life happens?


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TOTD 2018-11-4: Apologies?

This happened a long time ago. People started being unsure of their beliefs and reputations. They prefaced remarks with “I am not a [pejorative] and a good person but …”. They are forced to play defense when they shouldn’t have to.

For myself apologies are good if people really are sorry and contrite but are totally worthless if they are like photo ops to make a person have a good image. There does seem to be an imbalance in the apologies. One side doesn’t want an apology they want the person destroyed. I still can’t believe that a number one show like Roseanne was destroyed for a bad joke at 2 AM. She was destroyed not for the joke but for what who character stood for. Her apology didn’t help her one bit. The other side is heavy into forgiveness and allowing people to grow. Which is right?

I was just thinking are these really apologies or are they appeasement?

What say you?


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TOTD 2018-11-3: More Light Less Heat

I have a pendant light hanging from a ceiling. I want more light but it only takes a 60 Watt bulb and has the smaller E17 socket. Anything over 60 would probably have too much heat if it was an old style bulb so I shouldn’t put a 100 Watt bulb. New LEDs in that size don’t produce enough light. How would you solve this?

I came up with a solution that doubles my light without the heat. How did I do it?


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TOTD 2018-11-1: Grammar Can Be Tough

Here is a quote from Candace Owens.

“This logo, these colors, were created by my dear friend and fellow superhero Kanye West.”

This sentence could be taken as one person created the logo or two people created the logo. If it was two people one does not know what percentage the creative process was divided. Kanye West says he just introduced Candace Owens to a designer. Does a introduction count as being a co-creator?

Language can be loose. It can be interpreted in two or more ways. It is important to be precise and unambiguous but speech happens. People say things in front of people that are off the cuff. People mix things.

Candace Owens recently wrote “I never once said that Kanye designed the t-shirts for BLEXIT.” Is she parsing words too closely or is she justified in her denial?

How best do we give others the benefit of the doubt in readings? How best do we hold people accountable for their words?


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TOTD 2018-10-30: Car Inspection

Every two years I part with $1,000 or more getting my Toyota inspected. It is a tune-up, correcting problems, and paying for a low level liability insurance inspection. The good news is this keeps junkers off the road. The bad news is I am out 10,000 dimes. I like those dimes a lot.

What is your area’s inspections cost? Make me feel good and be higher, please.

Bryan, do you do long distant counseling for the penniless?


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TOTD 2018-10-29: Motozukin Chan

If you are wondering what Motozukin Chan is it is the mascot for the shopping streets in Motomachi section of Kobe. A shopping street is a street that has been blocked off from traffic and has a roof. You have to cross a street to go to the next block. This shopping street goes for 7 blocks.

Here is a link to the shopping street.
https://www.kobe-motomachi.or.jp/about-us/en/

For those who want to know more about Motozukin Chan.
https://www.kobe-motomachi.or.jp/photo-gallery/motozukin/

Pick the language for a machine language translation.

The name Motozukin comes from Moto as in the name of the area Motomachi. Zukin is hood. If you replaced “Moto” with “Aka” you would have Little Red Riding Hood. (Aka means red.)