Political correctness and repressive tolerance


I’ve long thought that “political correctness” was a minor problem, mainly affecting English departments in liberal arts colleges rather than the general public.  Evidently not.


The inventor of JavaScript has resigned as CEO of his Silicon Valley company because of protests about him donating money to an anti-gay marriage group.

The interesting thing for me about the above article by the self-identified conservative Rod Dreher is that I can remember when his view would have represented the extreme civil libertarian position.


All this is a reminder that “liberal” and “left,” while they may overlap, don’t mean the same thing.


The liberal position is, “I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”


Okay, there are worse things. 


But, as my mother frequently said to me when I was a child, two wrongs don’t make a right.

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One Response to “Political correctness and repressive tolerance”

  1. whungerford Says:

    The idea that political correctness is incompatible with free speech is certainly wrong. One is free to speak in a way that violates norms at the risk of being stigmatized for doing so.


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