71454[evol-psych] Re: BBC was Non-science like astrology unlawful in the UK unless pu
- Jun 1, 2008Wade wrote:
> Unfortunately for your argument, unlike "insects"Political words such as 'liberal' and 'conservative' generally don't
> "politically correct" does not have a tight
> scientific definition.
have tight scientific definitions, which helps to explain why they are
so often used wrongly, or at least have sloppy popular usages.
To the best of my knowledge, the term 'politically correct' was
originally used as a euphemism for being prepared to toe the Bolshevik
Like most euphemisms, there's a sinister irony to it, as someone who
was not "correct" was not simply considered "a bit silly" for being in
error, but a suitable subject for severe penalties, even death.
Personally, I think it sounds a bit silly when the left use it against
the right -- like child who has been called stupid replying "YOU'RE
stupid!". That's because at the moment, the left is consideranly less
tolerant of dissenting opinion than the right. Internal intolerance
explains the endless splits on the left, and the apparent need for the
"affirmation" of agreement. It's the left who are censoring forms of
expression at the moment, not the right. (If you diagree with this,
please give examples!)
I'm on the left, by the way, as far as fiscal policies (etc.) are
concerned, but the rest of the left would drop me like a hot potato. I
couldn't give a hoot about staying "onside" on any issue at all, and
I'll call a spade a spade, especially if I'm told not to.
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