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The Origins of Political Correctness (2).

Roberto Henry Ebelt

24.10.2014

The Origins of Political Correctness (2).

Continuando com o discurso de Bill Lind sobre Correção Política:

If we look at Political Correctness analytically, if we look at it historically, we quickly find out exactly what it is. Political Correctness is cultural Marxism. It is Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms. It is an effort that goes back not to the 1960s and the hippies and the peace movement, but back to World War I. If we compare the basic tenets* of Political Correctness with classical Marxism the parallels are very obvious.

  • TENET: principle, belief.

First of all, both are totalitarian ideologies. The totalitarian nature of Political Correctness is revealed nowhere more clearly than on college campuses, many of which at this point are small ivy covered North Koreas*, where the student or faculty member who dares to cross any of the lines set up by the gender feminist or the homosexual-rights activists, or the local black or Hispanic group, or any of the other sainted "victims" groups that PC revolves around, quickly find themselves in judicial trouble. Within the small legal system of the college, they face formal charges and punishment. That is a little look into the future that Political Correctness intends for the nation as a whole.

  • SMALL IVY COVERED NORTH KOREAS: literalmente: pequenas Coréias do Norte cobertas de trepadeiras. Ivy significa trepadeira. Ivy covered funciona aqui como um adjetivo para North Korea (uma ditadura comunista) e esta expressão está intimamente ligada a Harvard e outras universidades mencionadas abaixo, cujos prédios são cobertos por trepadeiras. Dizer que os campi universitários são nada mais do que small ivy covered North Koreas é uma maneira de qualificá-los como antros comunistas. Abaixo, as Universidades americanas que fazem parte da Ivy League e o lugar onde estão localizadas.

Indeed, all ideologies are totalitarian because the essence of an ideology (I would note that conservatism correctly understood is not an ideology) is to take some philosophy and say on the basis of this philosophy (that) certain things must be true – such as the whole of the history of our culture is the history of the oppression of women. Since reality contradicts that, reality must be forbidden. It must become forbidden to acknowledge the reality of our history. People must be forced to live a lie, and since people are naturally reluctant to live a lie, they naturally use their ears and eyes to look out and say, "Wait a minute. This isn’t true. I can see it isn’t true," the power of the state must be put behind the demand to live a lie. That is why ideology invariably creates a totalitarian state.

Second, the cultural Marxism of Political Correctness, like economic Marxism, has a single factor explanation of history. Economic Marxism says that all of history is determined by ownership of means of production. Cultural Marxism, or Political Correctness, says that all history is determined by power, by which groups defined in terms of race, sex, etc., have power over which other groups. Nothing else matters. All literature, indeed, is about that. Everything in the past is about that one thing. 

O assunto é muito interessante e certamente desperta paixões. Na próxima semana continuaremos com a terceira parte.

If you have questions about English aspects, send me an e-mail.

Have an excellent weekend.


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Roberto Henry Ebelt é professor, escritor, escreveu uma coluna semanal para o Jornal do Comércio de Porto Alegre entre 2001 e 2013, e é diretor do curso HENRY'S BUSINESS ENGLISH desde 1971.

Seu mais recente livro, O QUE VOCÊ DEVE SABER ANTES DE ESTUDAR INGLÊS, pode ser encontrado nas livrarias Disal, Cultura e SBS ou à rua Hoffmann, 728 em Porto Alegre.

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