Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Conservative Thrust of Political Correctness

"Much derided 'P.C.' has succeeded in making us more mannerly and polite to each other, old-fashioned virtues, of which one would expect conservative politicians to approve," writes Ronan McDonald — The problem with jokes about Irishmen.

'Nonetheless, one needs to be careful about being too puritanical about comedy," teh author rightly continues. "It does not lend itself to hard and fast principles, not least because it relishes transgression, puncturing social taboos and hypocrisies."

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Blogger Francis-Xavier said...

PC is the censorship of much more than ethnic jokes told at inconsiderate moments. Before PC, not doing so was considered part of good manners, about which John Henry Newman wrote an excellent tract long before PC meant more than police constable.

In other words, this guy gets it all wrong.

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