Political Correctness is bad for Liberalism

by Rachel Baker on January 27, 2015

When I first started reading this article, I wasn’t really sure where it was going. Obviously, from the title, I’d figured out what the point was going to be, but I still wasn’t sure around which route Mr. Chait was going to take it.

Having read the whole article, I find it to be very interesting and worth your time to read. You may or may not agree with everything he says, or even believe some of the phenomenon he is describing exists, but the time it takes to read this article is very short compared to the time we should be spending thinking about things like how our speech actually affects people and that political correctness often hampers the actual conversations that people should be having.

Read the Article: Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say – How the language police are perverting liberalism.

Every free society, facing the challenge of balancing freedom of expression against other values such as societal cohesion and tolerance, creates its own imperfect solution. France’s is especially convoluted and difficult to parse: It allows for satire and even blasphemy (like cartoons that run in Charlie Hebdo) but not for speech that incites violence toward individuals (like provocative comments made by the comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala). This may appear to Americans as a distinction without a difference, but our distinctions are also confused, as is our way of talking about free speech as it overlaps with our politics.

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