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Political Correctness

The Right to Tell the Government to Go to Hell: Free Speech in an Age of Government Bullies, Corporate Censors and Compliant Citizens

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Free speech is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it for those who are easily offended, readily intimidated or who need everything wrapped in a neat ...

Won't vs Can't--How Political Correctness Can Stunt Our Growth

Lisa Ancona-Roach | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics
Lisa Ancona-Roach

If you're a regular reader of my blog, then you know I am a huge believer in kindness. This may lead you to conclude that I am also a supporter of pol...

Political Correctness Really Does Work -- in Politics, Marriage and Life

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

The bad rap that political correctness gets is because those who attack it really want to say anything they want to say, wherever they want to say it, no matter whom they offend and, in many cases, no matter how rude they are.

Why Facilitating Dialogue Is More Challenging Than Ever

Murali Balaji | Posted 01.07.2016 | Religion
Murali Balaji

In the year since the Charlie Hebdo terror attack, free speech and political correctness, particularly in the West, have been presented as antithetical. Both conservative and liberal intellectuals have noted that political correctness has dissuaded free speech and silenced meaningful dialogue.

Why 'Autistic' and 'Autism' Are Not Dirty Words

Haley Moss | Posted 01.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Haley Moss

Autistic appears to be an insult in this world. While cringing at the past tense usage, I replied to my conversation partner, "I am autistic. I have autism." Present tense. I live in a world where normally, it is safer to hide it than to be criticized for how I see myself.

Yes, College Students Are Sooo Sensitive

Brett A. Sokolow | Posted 01.06.2016 | College
Brett A. Sokolow

It's possible to usher in a new era of sensitive and inclusive dialogue that is not hyper-sensitive. It's possible to improve the campus sensitivity to microaggressions without making them punishable offenses. Students are so sensitive, and this is one of their best qualities.

Thinking Harder about Political Correctness

Robert Kuttner | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Notice the irony of Trump benefitting from the politics of resentment. Billionaires like Trump make off with too much of the nation's income and wealth, at the expense of ordinary working stiffs. And then Trump puts on his politician's hat and cashes in on the resentment. And here's where it gets really tricky. Some of the ultra-P.C. stuff is silly and makes it easier for the right to lampoon liberals. The broader challenge here is that many of the causes that Trump and company put down as P.C. are legitimate and overdue. How long will it take before cops who brutalize black citizens are brought to justice? Do we really want to evict 12 million law abiding immigrants, many of whom were brought here as kids? But when the local working class is getting clobbered economically, it's easier to play off the races against each other.

How Best to Separate Donald Trump from His Base

David Coates | Posted 01.02.2016 | Politics
David Coates

If loyalty, anger and support are all key elements in Trump's current dominance of the Republican presidential field, rolling each back - and doing so in a progressive manner - is equally key to ensuring that that dominance does not persist into the general election itself.

Will the Fantasy of Political Correctness Continue in 2016?

Michael Roth | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics
Michael Roth

In 2016, politicians and pundits will certainly continue to pontificate about the pitfalls of political correctness. There just isn't any downside to attacking this imaginary monster of groupthink, so we can expect to hear speakers trumpeting their own courage in "not being pc" as they attack especially vulnerable groups in society.

Comedians: It's Not 'PC Culture', You're Just Not Funny

Isaac Fornarola | Posted 12.30.2015 | Comedy
Isaac Fornarola

Aging comics that are reacting to a "PC culture" aren't getting a poor reaction because their audience is offended. They're getting a poor reaction because they're simply not funny.

Democracy Trumped

Robert Kuttner | Posted 12.28.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Democracy has been seriously weakened by the role of big money on one flank, and by massive voter cynicism about politics and government on the other. In a national security crisis with no easy solutions, it is a sitting duck for a demagogue like Trump.

Down With Freedom Of Speech!*

Daniel P. Malito | Posted 12.23.2015 | Comedy
Daniel P. Malito

As you may or may not have heard, there is a movement currently fomenting on college campuses that has evolved into a protest against being offended. Yes, you read correctly, those wacky Millennials are at it again, and this time they are targeting an edict that most people assumed was at the core of their beliefs - the absolute right of free speech.

Child's Play

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Assuming all of Trump's bluster isn't just for political show, one could just as easily see in his rantings an embarrassing childishness.

The Hateful Eight: Quentin Tarantino's Intriguing But Bloated Latest Film

Michael Russnow | Posted 12.23.2015 | Entertainment
Michael Russnow

For me, The Hateful Eight was a mixed bag. The performances are first-rate, though the music was overly heavy at times and it occasionally worked against what was happening by overpowering it to make it appear that more was happening than actually was.

It's a Ho-Ho-Horowitz Christmas!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 12.19.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Fruitcakes singing near an open fire?

The Myth of the Coddled College Student

Rini Sampath | Posted 12.09.2015 | College
Rini Sampath

We shouldn't need safe spaces because universities as a whole should feel safe to begin with. But they're not. And until they are, I applaud every student who continues to fight to make it that way.

Get the Hell Over It

Heather Simpson | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics
Heather Simpson

I was listening to the song "Shut Up and Dance" while driving and I felt uncomfortable all of a sudden. Because I actually know people that would be u...

'Lives With Bipolar' vs. 'Suffers From Bipolar' -- PC Nonsense

Natasha Tracy | Posted 12.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Natasha Tracy

So when you talk about suffering -- I absolutely do it every day. Literally, every day, I suffer with the effects of bipolar disorder. If I'm not resting because I'm exhausted, I'm crying because of depression. If I'm not taking medication because of anxiety, I'm using coping tools because my brain is telling me to overreact.

Political Correctness Not the Problem on Campus

Michael Roth | Posted 12.05.2015 | College
Michael Roth

At a time when major presidential candidates demonize difference, and when attackers respond to groups they've been inspired to hate with terrorism, let's recognize the constructive value of ongoing debate and that politicized campuses remain places of confrontation and of real learning.

Sheriff's 'Politically Incorrect' Sign Is Soooo Hip And Edgy

Associated Press | Hilary Hanson | Posted 11.26.2015 | Weird News

HAMILTON, Ga. (AP) — If you don't like a Georgia sheriff's political incorrectness, you can leave his county. That's what Harris Sheriff Mike Jolley...

Defending Caitlyn Jenner Against Rose McGowan

Rocco Papa | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rocco Papa

McGowan doesn't seem to understand equality. Equality is welcoming all people regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.

The Reason Trump Is Wrong On Waterboarding Probably Isn't What You Think

Sam Husseini | Posted 11.24.2015 | Entertainment
Sam Husseini

Trump can pose as standing up to political correctness. The actual political correctness is how torture is used by war makers to get the tortured "evidence" they want to have a pretext for war and other hideous policies.

How Words Are Getting in Our Way

Noah Kim | Posted 11.23.2015 | Religion
Noah Kim

We often think of life as what we see and think and hear, but what does it all mean without words? We construct our social reality with language, and language in turn creates its own reality.

Colleges to Replace History With Soothing Images of Sunsets and Waterfalls

Spencer Green | Posted 11.23.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

"It's important that campuses be havens of maximum comfort for students to explore their own deeply important, personal, and self-actualizing ideas, free from the unpleasant psychic residue and general ickiness of people and events of the past," said Harlan P. Wentwich, President of Sniveling Worm University.

When Does Political Correctness Go Too Far?

Michael Russnow | Posted 11.23.2015 | Education
Michael Russnow

Last week some students at Princeton petitioned the school to stop tributes to Woodrow Wilson, its former university president and, more importantly, our former U.S. president, including the possible renaming of the prestigious Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.