Thu May 19, 2005 - 12:15 pm EST
Political Correctness: More Insidious and Dangerous Than Most Realize, Say Writers
May 19, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) –“Political Correctness is Marxism, with all that implies: loss of freedom of expression, thought control, inversion of the traditional social order and, ultimately, a totalitarian state.”
So runs the controversial thesis of a collaborative book recently published by the Free Congress Foundation—a US conservative think-tank—on its website, entitled “Political Correctness:” A Short History of an Ideology.
The authors of “Political Correctness” attempt to trace the PC movement back to its origins—Marxism and the Frankfurt school of thought. By so doing they claim to uncover the true and sinister purpose of political correctness—the complete eradication of traditional Western Culture. They also attempt to demonstrate how deeply political correctness has penetrated into every aspect of Western Culture, and how damning its presence is.
Shortly after the first practical attempts to implement Marxist economic socialism it became clear that the theories of Marx were limited. In order to achieve any notable revolution it was necessary that that revolution should focus not only on the economic order, but also, and firstly, on the cultural. This is the root of cultural Marxism. The Frankfurt school was its most eloquent proponent. According to the Free Congress Foundation, political correctness is one of the ideological offspring of this school.
Wilhelm Reich, one of the early members of the Frankfurt school, wrote a book entitled The Authoritarian Personality. This makes the sweeping claim, according to Raymond Raehn, “that the presence in a society of Christianity, capitalism, and the patriarchal-authoritarian family created a character prone to racial prejudice and German fascism”—that is, everything Western is necessarily prejudiced. The solution according to the Frankfurt academics was that “the patriarchal social structure would be replaced with matriarchy; the belief that men and women are different and properly have different roles would be replaced with androgyny; and the belief that heterosexuality is normal would be replaced with the belief that homosexuality is ‘normal’.”
The idea, then, is the complete eradication of Western civilization to be replaced with something new. That something new is nothing less than “a society of radical egalitarianism enforced by the power of the state.” And yet, as the authors of “Political Correctness” make clear, all such past attempts at enforced equality have ended up with the gulag and the concentration camp. There is no reason for believing it will be any different this time around.
The effects of this philosophy have become strikingly clear in our day. Co-author Dr. Gerald L. Atkinson outlines the proposed tactics of the early cultural Marxists. The immediate goal is to destroy “all barriers to the introduction of more women and minorities throughout the power structure’.” These methods of so doing include “laws and lawsuits, intimidation, and demonizing of white males as racists and sexists.” A strangle-hold on popular media and the universities and what they are allowed to say and teach is a key element of their long-term goals.
To pro-life, pro-family proponents, in an age where a man can be arrested for proclaiming sodomy to be a sin, or who can be fired from a teaching position for daring to discuss God, these tactics will sound eerily familiar.
However, the authors of “Political Correctness” claim that the cultural Marxists, under the guise of tolerance and equality, have not yet won. They urge “open defiance”—that is, an unapologetic confronting of truth and return to traditional Western lifestyles—as a necessary and proper method of defeating political correctness and bringing about a return to the noblest aspects of our Western Heritage.
See the series of articles composing the book (Acrobat Format):
Introduction & Chapter 1 - “Political Correctness:” A Short History of an Ideology
Edited by William S. Lind
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