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Political Correctness

Uploaded by wendee on Jun 04, 2001

Political correctness is a political ideology, nothing more. I believe political correctness is a political ideology and it cannot be correct unless it is linked to genuine transformation. First, I will examine the origins of political correctness to try to get a clear understanding of what this movement is. Second, I will show you that political correctness is political and how it became a political ideology. Lastly, I shall discuss why this ideology does not work.

Political correctness is cultural Marxism. Marx, as cited in Introduction to Social Science course guide, believed that if people were left to work on their own they would be more efficient. He had an ideological belief that labourers could actually want to work hard without being forced to. Political correctness as noted by Lind (www.university.org) is just Marxism converted from economic into cultural terms. This is how far back one has to look in order to understand how political correctness came about.

Political correctness goes back further than just twenty years ago as Cameron (1995) stated. I believe it started even before the nineteen sixties. As Lind noted it probably can be traced back to World War one. Lind noted the Marxist theory that when the First World War came the working class would over throw the bourgeoisie government. However, this did not happen. In 1923 as Lind further notes, a “think-tank” was established in Germany and took on the role of translating Marxism from economic into cultural terms, which created political correctness, as we know it today. An institute for Marxism was formed however the people who started this institute decided it was better not to openly identify it as a Marxist institute. The last thing political correctness wants is for people to figure out it is a form of Marxism. As Cameron stated, ” The people who are characterised as adherents of the ‘political correctness movement’ strenuously deny that any such movement exist”. So instead, they decided to name it The Institute for Social Research. And so the question of “Critical theory “began. This theory is simply about criticising. As Lind states, it calls for “the most destructive criticism possible, in every possible way, designed to bring current order down”.

How does this “critical theory” get to the rest of the world? Well, in 1933, the Nazis come into power and not surprisingly; they close down The Institute for Social Research. So all its members...

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Date:   06/04/2001

Category:   Social Issues

Length:   8 pages (1,727 words)

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