Cato and Political Correctness

“Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech; which is the right of every man, as far as by it, he does not hurt or control the right of another. And this is the only check it ought to suffer, and the only bounds it ought to know. This sacred privilege is to essential to free governments, that the security of property, and the freedom of speech always go together; and in those wretched countries where a man cannot call his tongue his own, he can scarce call any thing else his own. Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation, must begin by subduing the freeness of speech; a terrible to public traitors.”

-Cato the Younger

Political Correctness is defined as “conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities (as in matters of sex or race) should be eliminated.”

The idea is to protect the populace from hateful slurs and promote a more enlightened mode of speech. The reality is that there is a growing blacklist of words that you can’t say if you want your career to stay in tact. Much like McCarthyism in the 1950s, being perceived as the biggest (current) threat to society was going to get in trouble with just about everyone.

Why is it so important to tiptoe around people’s preferred nomenclature? It is a method of control and elevates protected groups. It was used by the Soviets, to that end, and it appears to be used elsewhere for that purpose as well.

For example, in the United States, it is essentially social suicide to admit that you support our current President, Donald J. Trump. Large parts of the media, celebrities, and the upper echelon of American society denounce him daily because of the way he speaks. His actions are not dissimilar to his predecessor in any meaningful way, but he is still hated by the elites.

You’re a racist bigot if you don’t support the Black Lives Matter movement.  You’re a sexist if you do not identify as a Feminist. You’re a Nazi if you support Trump. It becomes very clear that the P.C. movement is being used to silence critics and political rivals.

Words do not hurt you, it is your reaction to the words that hurt you. I’ve been called hateful things. It is difficult to not to react and keep walking, but that will prove your attacker wrong and that is how you defeat ignorance.

In a free society, discourse is the main pillar holding the whole structure up. Without it, we live in a glorified oligarchy. My mother used to tell me, “If you’re not offended at least once a day, you’re not alive.”

Part of being an adult is being confronted by different ideas, perspectives, and people. Racism, sexism, hate, and evil are a part of being human. We should always fight against evil by educating others. We should have patience with those of us who are ignorant. Silencing ignorance promotes ignorances.

Silencing ignorance promotes ignorance.

Do you agree or disagree with this line of thinking?  Please comment your thoughts.

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