…My conclusion is that we live in a society where the ideal is not merely Reason Alone but Thought Alone; we are supposed to create an entire society and physical reality purely by thought, which should result in perfect, cosmic, universal justice and equality for all. Anything and everything that impedes with our ability to create this reality must be banned as “irrational” or “hate.” If God and religion prevent us from creating what we want then God and religion must be removed; the theory of evolution can take care of that for us. However, we must be careful not to follow this theory to its logical conclusion because then biology instead of God would inhibit our ability to create perfect equality between men and women and between humans of all races. In short, we must ban reality.
This is in essence what Political Correctness is all about: Banning any discussion of reality so we can create a perfect world based on Thought Alone. In a strange sense this could ironically be seen as the final culmination of millennia of Western use of reason until we finally succeeded in creating a society based on Reason Alone. Although I cannot pinpoint exactly how I suspect you could successfully argue that there is a form of Platonism underlying this mental construct. After all, in Plato’s world the perfect, unchanging Ideas were physically separated from observed reality. In a way this is exactly what the modern West has created.
The dream of a perfect world of absolute equality may be a beautiful dream but it is a dream, based on many different false beliefs. It will quickly turn into a very real nightmare if you try to implement it. Among the largest of these false beliefs is the idea that man is naturally good and a perfectly rational being. I am personally not ready to embrace the opposite claim either, that man is by nature evil or sinful. My preferred view is that man is flawed and imperfect, yet that is quite sufficient to show that you can never create a perfect society with universal justice, just like you cannot create a perfect building using imperfect building materials.
Fjordman, “The Cult of Reason – The Dark Side of the Enlightenment,” The Brussels Journal.
With all due respect, Fjordman has it wrong. Political correctness is not about creating a perfect world, or about equality. Those are just talking points, framing devices, diversion tactics. PC is about power—the power to lie, the more outrageously, the better; to steal all of a nation’s wealth; to imprison the innocent, and to murder, murder, murder, at will!
But PC does not mean the same thing to everyone. To a white communist, PC means using blacks and Hispanics (because he considers them hopeless dunces) to steal all of the assets from, and then murder all non-communist whites.
To a black supremacist, PC means using white communists and Hispanics (because he considers them hopeless) to steal all of the assets from, and then murder all non-communist whites, then all Hispanics, and then all communist whites. And then he will finish off all black opponents. (The “Obama” difference is that he would airlift in scores of millions of black Africans, in order to rapidly change America’s racial balance.)
To a Hispanic supremacist, PC means … (change the names from before), with the added strategy of bringing in all of Latin America to overwhelm America’s historic people.
Fjordman makes the same error that many philosophers (e.g., Larry Auster) do: They assume that their opponents are philosophical, too.
A tip o’ the hat to Ol’ Remus and the Woodpile Report.