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Political Correctness (Part 4).

Roberto Henry Ebelt

14.11.2014

Political Correctness (Part 4).

Vamos à quarta parte do discurso de Bill Lind sobre as origens da correção política.

William S. Lind is an American expert on military affairs and a pundit (expert) on cultural conservatism. Wikipedia 

BornJuly 9, 1947 (age 67), Cleveland, Ohio, United States
BooksManeuver Warfare Handbook
EducationPrinceton UniversityDartmouth College

But the parallels are not accidents. The parallels did not come from nothing. The fact of the matter is that Political Correctness has a history, a history that is much longer than many people are aware of outside a small group of academics who have studied this. And the history goes back, as I said, to World War I, as do so many of the pathologies that are today bringing our society, and indeed our culture, down.

Marxist theory said that when the general European war came (as it did come in Europe in 1914), the working class throughout Europe would rise up and overthrow their governments – the bourgeois governments – because the workers had more in common with each other across the national boundaries than they had in common with the bourgeoisie and the ruling class in their own country. Well, 1914 came and it didn’t happen. Throughout Europe, workers rallied to their flag and happily marched off to fight each other. The Kaiser shook hands with the leaders of the Marxist Social Democratic Party in Germany and said there are no parties now, there are only Germans. And this happened in every country in Europe. So something was wrong. 

Marxists knew by definition it couldn’t be the theory. In 1917, they finally got a Marxist coup in Russia and it looked like the theory was working, but it stalled again. It didn’t spread and when attempts were made to spread immediately after the war, with the Spartacist uprising in Berlin, with the Bela Kun government in Hungary, with the Munich Soviet, the workers didn’t support them. 

So the Marxists had a problem. And two Marxist theorists went to work on it: Antonio Gramsci in Italy and Georg Lukacs in Hungary. Gramsci said the workers will never see their true class interests, as defined by Marxism, until they are freed from Western culture, and particularly from the Christian religion – that they are blinded by culture and religion to their true class interests. Lukacs, who was considered the most brilliant Marxist theorist since Marx himself, said in 1919, "Who will save us from Western Civilization?" He also theorized that the great obstacle to the creation of a Marxist paradise was the culture: Western civilization itself.

Lukacs gets a chance to put his ideas into practice, because when the home grown Bolshevik Bela Kun government is established in Hungary in 1919, he becomes deputy commissar for culture, and the first thing he did was introduce sex education into the Hungarian schools. This ensured that the workers would not support the Bela Kun government, because the Hungarian people looked at this aghast, workers as well as everyone else. But he had already made the connection that today many of us are still surprised by, that we would consider the "latest thing."

Interessante lembrar que a famosa frase (uma das poucas que resistem ao passar dos anos) do abominável Karl Marx sobre a história se repetir sob a forma de uma farsa, se aplica muito bem a Porto Alegre, com aquele memorial ao "Mao Zedong" gaúcho.

A impressão que se tem é de que os políticos de nossa cidade ainda não se deram conta de que o comunismo terminou no mundo civilizado em 1989, com a queda do Berliner Mauer.

Enquanto na Europa derrubam-se as estátuas dos fracassados assassinos que mataram cerca de 100 milhões de desafetos além de infernizar a vida de centenas de milhões de pessoas que viviam sob o tacão soviético, aqui se erguem memoriais para louvar os que caíram nessa conversa mole.

Have an excellent weekend and try not to despair with our leftist politicians. As Jesus said when he was crucified: "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."


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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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