The Problem With Political Correctness

529a64e71605fb6361000428One of the biggest problems with western culture at the moment is that political correctness is mistaken for truth and progressiveness has been conflated with absolute good. Intellectual honesty, independence, and common sense are viscerally lacking.

It’s a reasonably objective fact that the best societies are moderate ones. That is to say, there are both progressive and conservative elements, free market and social safety nets. However, in western countries, the narrative has been hijacked out of compassion or pity for weaker groups. Ideas that were rigorously formed by our seminal thinkers throughout history and are the very roots of our culture have become stigmatised, edgy and even taboo in much of public life because of a minority of people who are offended.

When society and its institutions (particularly universities and the media) lose the ability to discuss the full spectrum of ideas maturely it loses its appreciation for nuance. That’s what we’re seeing. All too often black and white statements which are patently false or specious are being conflated with truth simply because they match the pattern.

In this social climate, it’s risky for public figures to undermine politically correct narratives and as a result, the only ones who seem to speak what we all know to be true are the ones whose livelihoods aren’t jeopardised by it.