On the effectiveness of the political correctness argument

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“ One could then say that no one proclaims or describes himself as “politically correct”: the phrase exists first of all as an accusation. On the part of those who address the accusation, the “not politically correct” or rather the ‘political impropriety”, is instead claimed and built on very solid foundations: those of freedom of thought and expression, of opposition to censorship, of courage to go beyond all the conformism and the speeches granted by the public debate. It also assumes the existence of influential and unspecified (almost mythological) actors who try to control everything that is done and all the words that are used: and that carry with them, automatically, a kind of policeman morality. The use of the “politically correct” argument has great success and effectiveness: it immediately pushes on the defensive, puts in check any answer, disqualifies from the beginning ”

Translated from Italian.

Giulia Siviero, ‘Being ‘politically correct’ in a radical way is subversive’, Il Post

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