PC Culture

My Dear Wormwood on “Social Justice” – Politics Article

People hold signs at a protest in Chicago, Ill., July 24, 2020. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters) I was unsurprised to learn of the patient’s struggles in comprehending the precise meaning of “social justice.” The difficulty proceeds from his default to reason, presuming that the term is meant to have a commonly held meaning. Kindly instruct the patient that social justice is a remarkably flexible tool for the acquisition of power, assertion of moral superiority, and enforcement of ideological conformity. It means whatever…

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J. K. Rowling’s Birthday — Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull’s Billboard Removed – Politics Article

J. K. Rowling in New York City, 2016 (Andrew Kelly/Reuters) Today is J. K. Rowling’s birthday. Until recently, the author was most famous for writing Harry Potter, the best-selling book series in history. These days, though, she is more famous for her alleged “transphobia”; i.e., her statements about the biological reality of sex and women’s-only spaces, which have sparked the ire of transgender activists and extremists. To celebrate her birthday, a woman’s-rights campaigner, Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull, paid around $1,600 for an…

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Netflix Endorses ‘Transgender’ Children in ‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ – Politics Article

(File photo: Mike Blake/Reuters) A 9-year-old Texan boy called Joseph, who now identifies as a girl called Kai, is playing a transgender girl called Bailey for the Netflix remake of the 1990s show The Baby-Sitters Club. Let’s unpack this, shall we? Joseph’s parents claim that they realized he was a girl when he was around 18 months old. His mother, Kimberly Shappley, who describes herself as a conservative Christian, explains how she struggled when her young son started exhibiting stereotypically…

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Canceling Aristotle — The New York Times & Agnes Callard – Politics Article

Aristotle statue located at Stageira of Greece (birthplace of the philosopher) (PanosKarapanagiotis/ Getty Images) There is a good piece hidden in philosopher Agnes Callard’s recent article for the New York Times about cancel culture. Unfortunately, that piece is lost in the framing device. Professor Callard makes a very good point that there is a distinction between “messaging” speech that brings with it political context and motivation and “literal” speech that allows for genuine inquiry and debate. It’s a distinction too…

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Politics of Protests: A Class Struggle among Elites – Politics Article

Demonstrators scuffle with NYPD police officers as they try to march trough Times Square during a protest against racial inequality in New York City, June 14, 2020. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters) There is, I think, a growing awareness of the fact that, however much the current unrest in cities on both sides of the Atlantic owes to anger over the killing of George Floyd, police brutality, and racial injustice, other factors are also at work, most notably a struggle within the elite,…

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Universities & Political Correctness | National Review – Politics Article

Just two months into my freshman year of college, I caught my first glimpse of political correctness run amok. In October 2015, Professor Erika Christakis wrote an email suggesting that the university should not police students’ Halloween costumes. Big mistake. A mob promptly confronted Professor Christakis and her husband, Nicholas, on the perfectly manicured Cross Campus, and denounced them as racists. They were forced to resign shortly thereafter. Now that the struggle session has gone national, you may wonder how…

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Casting Actors of a Different Race: Allow Directors to Cast a Wide Net – Politics Article

Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of ‘Hamilton,’ arrives at the 71st PrimeTime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California, September 22, 2019. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters) Tomorrow, Disney+ subscribers will tune in to watch the movie version of the Broadway musical Hamilton — a June 2016 performance of the celebrated cast of almost entirely minority actors playing, as far as I can recall, entirely white historical figures. As many articles have noted over the years, many white actors have played characters that were of different…

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Woodrow Wilson: His Redeeming Characteristics – Politics Article

President Woodrow Wilson throws out the first pitch on opening day, 1916. (Library of Congress) Ross Douthat criticizes Princeton’s decision to change the name of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The school, he writes, “wasn’t named for Wilson to honor him for being a segregationist. It was named for him because he helped create precisely the institutions that the school exists to staff — our domestic administrative state and our global foreign policy apparatus — and…

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