Political Correctness

James Woods Isn't Backing Down from Controversial Comments About 'Gender Creative' Child

James Woods Isn't Backing Down from Controversial Comments About 'Gender Creative' Child:

James Woods is an easily triggered special snowflake who attacked a child expressing himself. Why does James Woods hate free speech? Why does James Woods hate children? Why is he so easily offended? The right wing is truly deranged.

Right wing political correctness is out of control.

Tomi Lahren is the Embodiment of the Bratty Millennial Stereotype | The Resurgent

Tomi Lahren is the Embodiment of the Bratty Millennial Stereotype | The Resurgent:

She conjured up an image of an easily offended, overly entitled, poorly thought out 20 something that she labeled the snowflake. Those people exist. And Tomi sees one in the mirror. Assuming she has a reflection. Tomi Lahren is not just a snowflake, she is the queen snowflake.

Statement for the BBC on the Disruption of Berkeley Speaker Event on February 1, 2017

Statement for the BBC on the Disruption of Berkeley Speaker Event on February 1, 2017:

If the members of the Berkeley Republican Club believe that their invited speaker has ideas about politics and moral philosophy that are–even potentially–great, I really wish that they would explain why they think they are great. They have a duty to the university to do so. But perhaps they invited their speaker because they hoped he would make African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Muslim, and other minority members of the university feel small and unsafe. If so they need to examine their consciences and pray to their gods, and think hard about whether they understand the purpose of a university.

If you only care about free speech when it’s your freedom to insult people you dislike, then you don’t actually care about free speech. You care about insulting people.

The Professor Watchlist Gets an F for Accuracy

The Professor Watchlist Gets an F for Accuracy:

This is what political correctness actually looks like. It’s a group of people attempting to control what is taught by enforcing speech codes in an attempt to band ideas that bother them. But since it’s coming from the right, it isn’t being labeled as political correctness.

And the proponents of campus free speech who were so outraged about every little safe space and trigger warning argument will be silent about this because their outrage was never about a threat to free speech.

A Conservative Group Made a “Professor Watch List,” and the Timing Is Grotesque

A Conservative Group Made a “Professor Watch List,” and the Timing Is Grotesque:

This Monday, an organization called Turning Point USA launched a website called the Professor Watchlist, which provides the full names, locations, offenses—and sometimes photographs—of liberal academics it has singled out for ignominy.

This is what the right claims political correctness is doing to our campuses.

Generation Snowflake? Not the millennials I know Add to ...

Generation Snowflake? Not the millennials I know Add to ...:

There is no more fragile ego in the universe than the man who, after winning an election, labels protests about his competence “very unfair.” If the charge against certain younger members of the electorate is that they can’t handle views contrary to their own, the new commander-in-chief is a beacon of childish pique. This is a man who would not acknowledge the validity of the contest he won until he won it. Sad!

Peter Thiel's support for Donald Trump is a bigger threat to press freedom than his lawsuits - Vox

Trump himself, of course, is no stranger to the idea that a rich person can use harassing lawsuits to discourage critical media coverage. When veteran business journalist Tim O'Brien reported that Trump isn’t as rich as he says he is, Trump launched a series of frivolous lawsuits. (via Peter Thiel’s support for Donald Trump is a bigger threat to press freedom than his lawsuits - Vox)

This is a story that isn’t getting enough coverage. Thiel and Trump both have a view that some people, mostly people like them, should not be criticized by the press. They should have the law on their side and it should be possible to use the law to silence others. It’s disturbing. It would be called political correctness if that term were used in this context.

Thiel Apologists Still Having a Hard Time

Using the civil courts as an instrument of private vengeance rather than to compensate or punish injuries corrupts the legal system. Doing so in secret deprives the public and the jury of the knowledge which would create some self-correcting mechanism to limit such abuse. It’s as simple as that. Comparing this to lawsuits brought by the ACLU or a conservative public interest law firm is either silly, dishonest or stupid. (via Thiel Apologists Still Having a Hard Time)

Defending gawker reminds me of defending Too-Live-Crew in the 1990s. I’m cringing but it’s the right thing to do. Thiel seem to think his hurt feelings trump the free speech of others. I don’t see a single difference between that Thiel is doing and what the right calls “Social Justice Warriors” silencing others.

College Kids Aren't the Only Ones Demanding 'Safe Spaces'

College Kids Aren't the Only Ones Demanding 'Safe Spaces':

conservatives who get hysterical about the “delicate snowflakes” on campus should take a look at their own media-consumption habits. It’s hard to imagine anything funnier than a 70-year-old who watches 90 hours of Fox News a week and then rails against college kids who are afraid of new ideas.

But it’s not just Fox viewers. Most of the cable TV news industry is just a series of safe spaces. There are conservative channels and liberal channels, all of them huge seas of more or less unanimous opinion. Viewers tune in, suckle their thumbs, and wait to have their own opinions vomited back at them.

The ones complaining about political correctness the loudest and longest are the ones most guilty of missing the point.

How to Write a “Political Correctness Run Amok” Article

How to Write a “Political Correctness Run Amok” Article:

Repeatedly remind readers (through both blatant and subtle appeals) that Free Speech = Good; Censorship = Bad. Be sure not to mention that the Person of Stature’s freedom of speech is not really at stake — like the rest of us, they are free to make any bigoted comments any time they want. Even more importantly, whatever you do, never acknowledge the fact that protests, petitions, and social media comments critiquing the Person of Stature also constitute acts of free speech. This is Pandora’s Box #1 — whatever you do, do not open it! Because if both the protesters and the Person of Stature are seen as having free speech, then this becomes a “marketplace of ideas” issue, and your readers will then feel entitled to make up their own minds as to who is in the right and who is in the wrong. And you can’t let this happen, because you have already decided this for them!

I keep asking for an example of “Political Correctness” that isn’t “Free Speech” and I just get dead air.

4 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Free Speech and College

4 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Free Speech and College:

The same month that both the Mizzou protester stories went viral, a Missouri legislator tried to stop a University of Missouri grad student’s research into abortion, saying that the school was breaking the law by allowing her to continue. This happened at literally the exact same school as the protests, and it’s a way more cut-and-dry threat to free speech. The government is literally telling a grad student what they’re allowed to study, which is precisely what the first amendment is meant to prevent.

Student protests are literally free speech. When you complain about free speech, even idiotic free speech you are literally doing the opposite of defending free speech.

Think Campus P.C. Is Out of Control? Look at the Military.

Think Campus P.C. Is Out of Control? Look at the Military.:

it turns out that even the most macho youth, the people who sign up to fight in wars, don’t want to be the butt of racist jokes. And when they are, they turn to an authority to make it stop.

Most talk about millennials and political correctness has an old man yells at cloud vibe to it. Millennials don’t like to be made fun of. They don’t accept being the butt of jokes. Times change and what is acceptable changes with it. Millennials grew up in a consumer cultural with service economy where service is rated by customers. They expect universities being paid a lot of money to treat them like customers and meet their whims, not just their needs.

Looks like this is true in the military as well.

Bring on the outrage: Go ahead and hate on “coddled” college kids — just admit that anti-p.c. backlash is fueled by outrage, too

Bring on the outrage: Go ahead and hate on “coddled” college kids — just admit that anti-p.c. backlash is fueled by outrage, too:

I think most of what gets lumped into “PC” is silly and counter productive. I think the neo-nazi movements are awful. I think Sharia law is incompatible with a modern society. But as a defender of free speech, I’m not going to support silencing people who belive silly, awful or abhorrent things. If free speech covers your right to be offensive, it covers the right of people to say “I am offened”. If it covers your right to complain about PC culture, it covers the right of the most walking on eggshells-exaggerated-straw-man-SJW to call you problematic.

If SJWs have lack a right to “not be offended” then you have no right to “not be offended” by SJW silliness.

A clash between administrators and students at Yale went viral. Why that is unfortunate for all concerned.

A clash between administrators and students at Yale went viral. Why that is unfortunate for all concerned.:

Nicholas and Erika Christakis have an undisputed right to free speech. No one has argued that they, as individuals, should not. But students have exercised their own free speech in speaking against the way Master and Associate Master Christakis have treated their office. This incident is not analogous to a professor offering an unpopular view, or a controversial speaker coming to campus.

As far as I can tell, the political correct student activists are attacking “free speech” by using “free speech” and the people fed up with political correctness would like to defend free speech by silencing the students. I’d love for some explanation why saying “I’m offended” is somehow less worthy “free speech” than saying “you’re to easily offended!”

OPINION: It’s time to retire the PC police

OPINION: It’s time to retire the PC police:

What “South Park” libertarians don’t seem to realize is that they’ve crafted a whole politics around their bruised feelings, which is exactly what they accuse the PC police of doing wrong.

The First Amendment sanctified freedom of expression in part to ensure that my comfort isn’t an excuse to quash what you have to say. But freedom of speech doesn’t protect a libertarian’s right to misgender a trans woman any more than it protects my right to tell them to shut up. As a political position, anti-PC isn’t about exercising freedom of speech; it’s about wanting to be protected from it.

This guy nails it. The anti-PC people complain about language and hurt feeling just as much, if not more, than the worst of the PC straw men.

Homegrown Extremists Tied to Deadlier Toll in U.S. Since 9/11 - The New York Times

the breakdown of extremist ideologies behind those attacks may come as a surprise. Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims

(via Homegrown Extremists Tied to Deadlier Toll in U.S. Since 9/11 - The New York Times)

The lack of reporting of the problem of right wing extremism should be called out for what it is. Political correctness.

I was a liberal adjunct professor. My liberal students didn’t scare me at all.

I was a liberal adjunct professor. My liberal students didn’t scare me at all.:

it’s truthy: it offers a conclusion that feels as if it should be true, even though it isn’t accompanied by much in the way of actual evidence. In this case, that truthy conclusion is that the rise of identity politics is doing real harm — that this new kind of discourse, whether you call it “identity politics” or “call-out culture” or “political correctness,” is not just annoying or upsetting to the people it targets, but a danger to academic freedom and therefore an actual substantive problem to be addressed.

You’re not allowed to question if this bullshit about out of control political correctness is real.

A Woman Tweets #KillAllWhiteMen and the Internet Explodes

A Woman Tweets #KillAllWhiteMen and the Internet Explodes:

Mustafa is not the first to have her reputation raked across the Web on account of some lousy tweets. But she may be the first to crumble over a case of ironic misandry, a tongue-in-cheek form of discourse favored by the young feminist Internet natives. You may have spied them on Twitter or Tumblr, working on their “KILL ALL MEN” cross-stitch or sipping from a mug labeled “MALE TEARS.” Ironic misandrists say they’re poking fun at long-standing stereotypes about militant feminist man-haters. That seems to fit Mustafa’s tweets. In a statement to Goldsmiths students, she owned up to using the hashtags, calling them “in-jokes” between herself and other members of “the queer feminist community.” If some people failed to get the joke, well, that was kind of the point.

I think many people would recognize this overreaction to a bad joke as political correctness. Chalk this up as yet another underreported case of right wing political correctness given a pass.

Patton Oswalt on political correctness

Patton Oswalt on political correctness:

That idea of context doesn’t matter is a scary thing. Especially because the oppressive, racist, homophobic forces in the world don’t have comedy as a weapon. We progressives do. If we’re going to start giving that up and start policing progressives twice as hard as we do the conservatives and homophobes and haters, then we’re fucked. Then they get to be the rebels and they’ll find a way to make homophobia and racism look cool. Because all we’re doing is attacking each other.

Patton Oswalt nails it.

The New Political Correctness

The New Political Correctness

Today, however, the big threat to our discourse is right-wing political correctness, which - unlike the liberal version - has lots of power and money behind it. And the goal is very much the kind of thing Orwell tried to convey with his notion of Newspeak: to make it impossible to talk, and possibly even think, about ideas that challenge the established order. Thus, even talking about "the wealthy" brings angry denunciations; we're supposed to call them "job creators". Even talking about inequality is "class warfare".

Krugman is 100% on the mark here. The real epidemic of political correctness is from the right not the left.