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Exclusive:  The Tyranny of Political Correctness
Philip Atkinson

Author: Philip Atkinson
Source: The Family Security Foundation, Inc.
Date: May 17, 2007

How many of us are aware of the extent to which the new thought police are 
eroding our free speech prerogatives throughout Western societies? FSM 
Contributing Editor Philip Atkinson¹s expert evaluation is an important 
contribution to one of the premier issues of our times.

The Tyranny of Political Correctness

By Philip Atkinson

What is Political Correctness?

Political Correctness (PC) is the communal tyranny that erupted in the 1980s. It
was a spontaneous declaration that particular ideas, expressions and behavior, 
which were then legal, should be forbidden by law, and people who transgressed 
should be punished. It started with a few voices but grew in popularity until it
became unwritten and written law within the community. With those who were 
publicly declared as being not politically correct becoming the object of 
persecution by the mob.

The Odious Nature Of Political Correctness

To attempt to point out the odious nature of Political Correctness is to restate
the crucial importance of plain speaking, freedom of choice and freedom of 
speech; these are the community's safe-guards against the imposition of tyranny,
indeed their absence is tyranny. This is why any such restrictions on expression
such as those invoked by the laws of libel, slander and public decency, are 
grave matters to be decided by common law methodology; not by the dictates of 
the mob.

Clear Inspiration for Political Correctness

The declared rational of this tyranny is to prevent people being offended; to 
compel everyone to avoid using words or behavior that may upset homosexuals, 
women, non-whites, the crippled, the stupid, the fat or the ugly. This reveals 
not only its absurdity but its inspiration. The set of values that are detested 
are those held by the previous generation (those who fought the Second World 
War), which is why the terms niggers, coons, dagos, wogs, poofs, spastics and 
sheilas, have become heresy, for, in an act of infantile rebellion, their 
subjects have become revered by the new generation. Political Correctness is 
merely the resentment of spoilt children directed against their parent's values.

The Origins Of Political Correctness

A community declines when the majority of its citizens become selfish, and under
this influence it slowly dismantles all the restraints upon self-indulgence 
established by manners, customs, beliefs and law: tradition. (See the law of 
reverse civilization) As each subsequent generation of selfish citizens inherits
control of the community, it takes its opportunity to abandon more of the 
irksome restraints that genius and wisdom had installed. The proponents of this 
social demolition achieve their irrational purpose by publicly embracing 
absurdity through slogans while vilifying any who do not support their stance. 
The purpose of the slogan is to enshrine irrational fears, or fancies, as truth 
through the use of presumptuous words, so public pronouncement:

  € Dissembles the real nature of the claim
  € Identifies any dissenters as enemies of the truth
  € Acts as an excuse for any crimes committed in its name
For example the slogan Australia is Multicultural is a claim that:
  € Different cultures are compatible.

€ People who contradict this claim are blinded by prejudice against other 

€ People who contradict this claim are trouble-making bigots, which makes them 
enemies of the community, if not humanity, and deserving persecution.

All of which is an attack upon truth, clear thinking and plain speaking.

From Bourgeois To Racist

Naturally, as the restraints shrink the rebellion grows ever more extreme in 
nature. When the author of Animal Farm wrote an article in 1946 about the 
pleasures of a rose garden, he was criticized for being bourgeois. George Orwell
mentions this in his essay A Good Word For The Vicar Of Bray, published in the 
Tribune, 1946. The term bourgeois was then a popular slogan meaning having 
humdrum middle class ideas‹ The Oxford English Dictionary 3rd Edition, 1938 ‹ 
which is just a blatant attack upon tradition.

Outright Assault Upon Tradition

Now, in the late 1990s, the results of being bourgeois (retaining traditional 
notions), is being labeled racist, sexist, etc., and you risk losing your job, 
your reputation, being jostled in the street, being subject to judicial penalty 
and to death threats. And it is this very extremity of reaction that has won 
media attention and the name Political Correctness, though the reaction will 
become even more unpleasant with the next generation.

Parental Values Always Attacked

The inevitable scapegoat for people impatient of restraint must always be 
parents, because these are society's agents for teaching private restraint. So 
the cherished notions of the parents are always subject to attack by their 
maturing offspring. This resentment of tradition was observed in his own 
civilization by Polybius (c. 200-118 BC), the Greek historian, who said:

"For every democracy which has enjoyed prosperity for a considerable period 
first develops through its nature an attitude of discontent towards the existing

 Tyranny Grows

Once a community embraces tyranny the penalties can only grow in severity. This 
gradual increase is easily seen by the example of Toastmasters. As the members 
of the club became more concerned about the delights of socializing and less 
concerned about the disciplines of public speaking, they became more intolerant 
of citizens who were earnest about learning the art of rhetoric. Once those 
members who did their duty by truthfully pointing out the shortcomings in 
another member's performance were just labeled as negative or discouraging; 
later this became a risk of being socially ostracized. Now (since 1998) 
unpopularity can result in being permanently ejected from the club by a majority

 Australian Experience Of PC Tyranny

In my country the tyranny erupted with the persecution of public figures such as
Arthur Tunstall for uttering truths that had become unpopular, either directly 
in a speech, or indirectly by telling jokes. The maiden speech of the Federal 
Member of Parliament for Ipswich contained so many disliked truths that the 
rabble escalated the ferocity of their attack and extended them to her 
supporters, introducing terror into Australian politics. Anyone who watched the 
TV coverage (1997/8) of Pauline Hanson's political campaign will have seen the 
nature of her opponents; a throng who looked and behaved more like barbarians 
than citizens of a civilized community. And any mob that chants "Burn the witch"
(when she spoke outside an Ipswich hall after she had been refused entry) leaves
no doubt as to their intent or character.

Widespread Throughout The Community

Revealing the extent of the mob's support, their sentiments (suitably refined) 
were enthusiastically echoed by the media and the administration. And in an 
unprecedented act of cooperation, all the political parties conspired to eject 
Ms. Hanson from the federal parliament in the election of October 3rd 1998. This
was revealed by the how-to-vote cards of the parties contesting the seat of 
Blaire, which all placed Ms. Hanson last. This was a public admission by both 
the major parties that they would rather risk losing the election than allow 
this forthright woman to keep her seat in parliament.

International Experience Of PC Tyranny

And it is not just in Australia but in every western democratic country popular 
demands have been made for restrictions on expression. Bowing to the clamor of 
the electorate, politicians in these countries have enacted absurd laws. The 
Australian community-wide declaration of irrational hatred displayed by the 
persecution of Pauline Hanson paralleled the Canadian experience of Paul Fromm, 
director of the Canadian Association for Free Expression Inc., and the examples 
of the national soccer coach of England and a prominent public servant in 
Washington, USA confirm that the hysteria is everywhere.

The Inevitable Result Of Political Correctness

By using the excuse of not upsetting anyone, the politically correct are 
demanding that people behave like the fool who would please everyone; that 
everyone must become such a fool! All must accept the notions of the Politically
Correct as truth, or else! This is the same mentality that inspired the 
Inquisition and forced Galileo to recant; the same mentality that inspired the 
Nazis and obtained the Holocaust. Once expression gets placed in a straitjacket 
of official truth, then the madness that occurs in all totalitarian states is 
obtained. Life, in private and public, becomes a meaningless charade where 
delusion thrives and terror rules.

Examples Of Denying Freedom Of Speech

Evidence of this effect is amply demonstrated by the Soviets, who embraced 
Political Correctness with the Communist Revolution. The lumbering, pompous, 
impoverished, humorless monster this Nation became is now History. And it should
be remembered that in 1914 Tsarist Russia was considered by Edmund Cars, a 
French economist who then published a book about the subject, to be an economic 
giant set to overshadow Europe. The SBS television program "What Ever Happened 
To Russia", which was broadcast at 8.30 pm on 25th August 1994, detailed the 
terrible effect the Bolshevik's oppression had on their empire. And SBS further 
detailed the terrible crimes inflicted upon the Russians by their leader Stalin,
in the series "Blood On The Snow" broadcast in March 1999.

An Old Witness

Helen, a member of Parramatta writers club in 1992, was a citizen of Kiev during
the Red Terror, and described living with official truth and the constant threat
of arrest. Knowing the content of the latest party newspaper was critical to 
avoiding internment, as public contradiction, either directly or indirectly, 
meant denouncement to the KGB. If you complained about being hungry when food 
shortages were not officially recognized, then you became an enemy of the state.
If you failed to praise a Soviet hero, or praised an ex-hero, then again your 
fate was sealed. The need to be politically correct dominated all conversation 
and behavior, as failure meant drastic penalty. Uncertainty and fear pervaded 
everything, nobody could be sure that an official request to visit Party 
headquarters meant imprisonment, torture, death, public reward or nothing 
important.  Living with such a terrible handicap naturally destroyed all 
spontaneity of thought or action, rendering the whole community mad. The awful 
effect this had upon Helen's sanity was made clear when she escaped to 
Australia. Here she encountered the free press, which had an unpleasant impact 
upon her. One day she read The Australian newspaper which happened to carry two 
separate articles about Patrick White, one praising, the other denigrating this 
well known writer. Poor Helen found herself turning from one to the other, which
was she to repeat as correct? She nearly had a nervous breakdown.

Political Correctness Is Social Dementia

Unless plain speaking is allowed, clear thinking is denied. There can be no good
reason for denying freedom of expression, there is no case to rebut, only the 
empty slogans of people inspired by selfishness and unrestrained by morality. 
The proponents of this nonsense neither understand the implications of what they
say, nor why they are saying it: they are insane.

Social Decline Grows Worse With Each Generation

Political Correctness is part of the social decline that generation by 
generation makes public behavior less restrained and less rational.

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FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributing Editor Philip Atkinson is the British 
born founder of ourcivilization.com and author of A Study of Our Decline. He is 
a philosopher specializing in issues concerning the preservation of Western 
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