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Political Correctness

How Best to Separate Donald Trump from His Base

David Coates | Posted 01.01.2017 | 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 12.31.2016 | 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 12.30.2016 | 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 12.27.2016 | 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 12.23.2016 | 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 12.23.2016 | 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 12.23.2016 | 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 12.19.2016 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Fruitcakes singing near an open fire?

The Myth of the Coddled College Student

Rini Sampath | Posted 12.09.2016 | 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 12.07.2016 | 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 12.07.2016 | 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 12.05.2016 | 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 01.03.2017 | 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 ...

Defending Caitlyn Jenner Against Rose McGowan

Rocco Papa | Posted 11.24.2016 | 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 11.24.2016 | 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 11.22.2016 | 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 11.23.2016 | 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 11.23.2016 | 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.

This University President Is Sick of Reading About Pampered, Coddled Students

Michael Roth | Posted 11.22.2016 | College
Michael Roth

It must be easier for conservative columnists to fret about those crazy students instead of focusing on the intellectual wasteland sprouting from what was supposed to be their think tank driven "revolution of ideas." These writers are aghast that students from groups long discriminated against aren't just grateful to their institutions for allowing them on campus.

Combatting Violent Extremism: Part Deux

Kristofer Harrison | Posted 11.20.2016 | Politics
Kristofer Harrison

Can we please--finally--have a mature conversation about Islamic extremism? Over the past week a few politicians have dared speak its name. It is no longer treated like Voldemort, but we have yet to transition to a discussion about how we undermine the ideology that motivates terrorists.

Political Correctness in the Age of Starbucks... and Elsa

Tom Caramanno | Posted 11.19.2016 | Politics
Tom Caramanno

America's culture wars have raged in nearly every imaginable setting, from courtrooms, to CEO boardrooms, to hospital rooms and even classrooms. But who could have possibly foretold that the battle's next frontier would be fought on the Starbucks line?

Think It's Fun to Be Politically Incorrect?

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 11.18.2016 | College
Deborah J. Levine

College campuses are lively explorations of just how far youthful exuberance can take rebellion against political correctness. While we diversity professionals emphasize that slang and snarky jokes do not translate across cultural boundaries, we're fighting an uphill battle.

Grieving For Pairs Is Not About Political Correctness

BJ Gallagher | Posted 11.17.2016 | Politics
BJ Gallagher

There are those who scold us for our outpouring of grief in the wake of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks on Paris. They try to make us feel guilty for not demonstrating the same grief over the slaughter in Beirut, Lebanon, just a day earlier, or the massacre in Kenya. Political correctness has no place in matters of the heart.

Dr. Ben Carson: The Most Dangerous Man in Politics

Steve Nelson | Posted 11.16.2016 | Politics
Steve Nelson

Carson's popularity among white and black conservatives is a dire threat to racial and social justice. Like Clarence Thomas and other black conservatives, Carson advances the myth that we live in a post-racist society.

Attacks on Political Correctness: A Solution Looking for a Problem

Steve Nelson | Posted 11.13.2016 | Education
Steve Nelson

We're looking at this issue upside down. Anti-PC rhetoric addresses a non-existent problem. There is ample bigotry, free expression and crude insult on campuses, streets and television screens. Americans don't suffer from a lack of opportunity to be gratuitously offensive.