Browne’s Guide to Purging Political Correctness, #4

“Stick to rational, evidence-based arguments, not discussions of emotionally difficult cases.”

This is a challenge for Browne, as much of his pamphlet does contain discussion of emotionally difficult cases. But we can have a brief glance at some of his language, to see if it’s the kind of language that suggests an openness to the testing of hypotheses by evidence, and only going as far as the data will permit us to advance:

“In Britain, it [PC] allowed the creation of alienated Muslim ghettoes which produce young men who commit mass murder against their fellow citizens.” (p.xiii)

“By promoting the rights of criminals over their victims, it hinders law enforcement and leads to escalating crime.” (p.xiii)

“After a few days, the coverage of the terrorist attack was obliterated by saturation coverage of the accidental police killing… The reason was simply that the terrorist attacks, although a far more important story, didn’t fit the politically correct agenda.” (p.10)

“In 1997, Britain began, in effect, to be ruled by political correctness.” (p.34)

“Politically correct alternative comedians quickly swept to power…” (p.34) (What is this one about? This is also about what changed in and after 1997.)

“The long march of PC through every nook and cranny of national life, leaving nothing untouched, was helped by the fact there is little competing ideology: although PC has been ridiculed, there has been virtually no counter-PC movement.” (p.34)

“In contrast, there are virtually no pressure groups that promote politically incorrect views…” (p.36)

“The growing emphasis on emotion and feelings over reason and logic in recent decades, combined with the decline in the study of science, has given PC a more powerful grip on the mind of the nation.” (p.37)

“Denunciations of xenophobia, jingoism and racism are necessary, but taken to excess lead to the destruction of any sense of national identity that produces social solidarity”. (p.42)

“Condoleezza Rice did not rise from poverty in segregated Alabama to become the most powerful black person and one of the most powerful woemn in the world by blaming others for her problems…” (p.47) (The full stop should have come after the seventh word in that sentence.)

“Only recently, after parallel societies started producing murderous terrorists bent on destroying the country, have politicians dared promote the benefits of social cohesion.” (p.55) (This one might be about psychologising, too; see below.)

I don’t know about you, but I’d say there were still a few dangerous politically correct tendencies there for Browne to come to terms with.

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