Sunday, January 22, 2017

Attacking PC

"And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission."
--V (V for Vendetta)

Insightful discussion of this past presidential election cycle as well as the problems that plague both the Democratic and Republican parties. The author proposes three things that Donald Trump could do, or, more appropriately, undo, during his presidency.

He can withdraw from foreign conflicts around the world and keep America out of war. Given that this was something that appeared well within his ideological constraints to do. Barack Obama failed miserably in this area.

Trump could also get serious about undoing the Federal Reserve's destructive influence on the economic and social fabric of the country. He could start by pounding the congressional table to pass Rand Paul's audit-the-Fed bill.

Finally, and the one that I wanted to highlight here, is that he can use his presidential platform to continue attacking the illiberal (classically defined) code of political correctness. Political correctness underlies many other issues because it attempts to influence how we think and speak. The author says it well: "The conscious manipulation of language is inherently authoritarian." Let's state that again with emphasis:

The conscious manipulation of language is inherently authoritarian.

Fortunately, indications thus far suggest that Trump has been gifted with reflexive disdain for PC.

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