ECLECTICIST: Political Correctness
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Broadcast: 13th November, 2016
Last update: 13th November, 2016
Published: 8th December, 2016
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- Introduction and description of the podcast, goals, modus operandi.
- What An investigation of everything from a British perspective by two brothers (who consider themselves to be relatively normal chaps), one topic at a time.
- Who Geoffrey Campos (engineer and devil’s advocate),
Benjamin de-Campos (designer and believer).
- How Choose a topic of interest, spend a little time researching it, have a discussion then publish the notes - which are available on the site to read along!
- Why The main benefits are the fostering of a greater understanding of the world before we die and hopefully, to prompt further thought and discussion from our listeners.
- The topic we will be discussing in this episode is Political Correctness
What can we not say this week? Who will I offend if I speak disparagingly about potatoes? The Irish? Christ. Oh wait, oh jeez-louise, son of a sea-cook. Can I say that? Has the increasingly thin skin of the younglings given rise to the Trump phenomenon, the sensible minority are all terrified about? A natural reaction to the eggshells we’ve all been forced to hover over. Social Justice warriors: happy now?
What we’re not talking about
- Anything Sam Harris has said on the subject
I don’t see why that’s off the table
Each bullet is a talking point. Sub-bullets are topics that may or may not be covered. Usage: Read the bullet and sub-bullets then talk about some or all sub-bullets.
- Political Correctness: ‘Advocacy of or conformity to politically correct views; politically correct language or behaviour’ - OED
- Politically Correct: ‘Conforming to a body of liberal or radical opinion, esp. on social matters, usually characterized by the advocacy of approved causes or views, and often by the rejection of language, behaviour, etc., considered discriminatory or offensive’ - OED
- ‘Political correctness as well as varied economic interests and anti-Semitism dictate that no third-world people can do wrong and no first-world people, right.’ - New York Review of Books (2002)
- John Milton 1644 Areopagitica, the value of the freedom of speech
- ‘An inverted fascist philosophy that absolutely no-one should conform to unless they are an ignorant, bleeding-heart liberal idiot.’ - Urban Dictionary
- dishonest = ethically disoriented
- pregnant = parasitically oppressed
- alive = temporarily metabolically abled
- dead = living impaired
- Equality of Opportunity vs. Equality of Outcome
- Manhole = Maintenance hole
- A.D., B.C. = Common era, before common era
- Mrs., Miss = Ms.
- Brainstorming = Thought showers (may offend sufferers of epilepsy)
- Christmas tree = Holiday tree
- Easter egg = Spring ovoid
- Why are the younger generations so fragile?
- Parents no longer allowing their kids explore the world
- Geoff, you have kids. What’s your view on this?
- Offended kids are powerful in the age of social media
- 2015–16 University of Missouri protests
- We can discuss the notion that universities shouldn’t be a place where students encounter opinions that differ to theirs.
- Spate of white cops shooting unarmed black people
- Any honest discussion in this area is career-endingly dangerous
- How has it evolved?
- Suppression of social justice in favour of governmental blanketing
- Cruel irony is a fickle mistress
- ‘Free speech versus political correctness’
- Has it gone too far? Tyranny of censorship
- Overton Window
- political correctness as a fundamental component in the development of authoritarian regimes
- Handling non-binary gender expression e.g. should we be careful about what pronouns to use?
- You’d better be careful about this you privileged slave owner.
- The polite, emergent, social means e.g. it would be awkward to not toe the line. It’s insidious.
- Lesser: “You will conform lest you face the full force of the law.” - Government
- Greater: “It would be a bit crappy of you if you didn’t conform.” - A Friend
- Supporting sexual equality while embracing multiculturalism
- Restricting language is restricting thought
- Stifling debate
- Freedom of speech
- Hate speechification
- ‘progressive stack’, affirmative action-a-like
- College campuses
- Safe rooms, spaces
- trigger warnings
- group-based oppression
- Political usage
- Radical leftist ideology
- Jeremy Clarkson: I remember being called in to see Danny Cohen. I trudged all the way over the Broadcasting House and he said, "I understand you have a new dog and you have called it Didier Dogba. It is racist." I said, "It is not racist. We are all Chelsea fans in the family". He said, "Please tell me the dog is not black." I said, "It's a Scottish Terrier. Should I have called it John Terrier?"
- Taking offence
- Don't say anything if there's any chance someone might take offense
- Disproportionate response
- “Whaaaaat did you just saaaaaaay! Aaaaaargh!”
- Supposed or assumed right to defensive offensiveness
- “You're a racist/sexist/classist pig for saying that”
- Fake sensitivity
- Governmental censure
- Diplomacy versus intentional offence
- Taking anti-pc rhetoric too far or using it as a licence to offend unnecessarily
Slate summarizing the university protests of recent times
Interesting web page which lists the demands from shrieking narcissists at the various universities
Terminology specific to the topic
- Echo chamber A place where the complete sanity of your own words are reflected back at you. This is not to be confused with an anechoic chamber in which you are unable to hear the complete sense emanating from your face.
- Identity Politics The laden phrase “identity politics” has come to signify a wide range of political activity and theorizing founded in the shared experiences of injustice of members of certain social groups. Rather than organizing solely around belief systems, programmatic manifestos, or party affiliation, identity political formations typically aim to secure the political freedom of a specific constituency marginalized within its larger context. Members of that constituency assert or reclaim ways of understanding their distinctiveness that challenge dominant oppressive characterizations, with the goal of greater self-determination. - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- Microaggression brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color. - Derald Wing Sue (coined it). His book: Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation
- Social justice Equality for everyone unless you’re a straight white male.
- Victimisation When someone treats you badly or subjects you to a detriment because you complain about discrimination or help someone who has been the victim of discrimination. Because the Equality Act recognises you may be worried about complaining, you have extra legal protection when you complain about discrimination. - Citizens Advice
- Virtue Signalling To take a conspicuous but essentially useless action ostensibly to support a good cause but actually to show off how much more moral you are than everybody else. - Urban Dictionary
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From the Show
Notes, corrections and further references
Political correctness: how the right invented a phantom enemy
Rethinking Political Correctness