Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Browne slams PC plodders

UK: Browne who has caused some agida with the PC people in the UK expanded on his views on in the London Times and his encounter with head mistress of politically correct at the minor paper the Independent, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.

I HAVE A CONFESSION to make: I am not a victim. I do not even feel a little bit victimised. Life has dealt me a good hand of cards, and I am immensely grateful. I tell you this just in case you were listening to the Today programme yesterday, when Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, the Independent columnist and a high priestess of political correctness, made the scurrilous accusation that I was claiming victim status. Even if you were tuned in, you probably wouldn’t have heard the rest of the debate, about my pamphlet on political correctness, because the feathers were flying so furiously the producer cut off the microphone. After the show, Ms Alibhai-Brown refused to speak to me except to launch a tirade of personal abuse, leaving Today staff stunned. Gosh, it must be exhausting being so angry with the world.
You can hear the exchange here hat tip to the Daily Ablution who covers the story here.
"....PC started as a counter-culture attack on the dominant conservative ideology in the 1960s but has now risen to become the dominant establishment ideology, and in doing so it has become a heresy of the liberalism it first espoused. Rather than tackling intolerance, it now promotes intolerance, brooking no criticism and denouncing any critics. PC has a vice-like grip on public debate and policy making, setting out what can and can’t be debated, and what the terms of the debate are: anything or anyone who digresses from the PC script is automatically controversial. The PC brigade feel this is all a price worth paying because PC is so very moral: it helps to protect the weak and vulnerable in society and protects them from the strong. Well, that is certainly its intention — and a good one it is — but increasingly not the practice. PC brought many benefits by combating bigotry — the world is indisputably a better place now than when PC started — but more often than not it now hurts those that it seeks to help. Encouraging the vulnerable to see themselves as victims and to blame others for their problems, rather than to confront the true cause of their malaise, is often not helping them — it is condemning them to their plight. This moral dilemma was illustrated by the Government’s announcement of the review of its out-of-control disability benefits system. Like all decent people, I want to support the genuinely disabled, but you don’t do that by creating a vast victim class of disabled people, and giving them a financial reward — all you do is encourage people on the margins to persuade a doctor to classify themselves as disabled, rather than encourage them to confront real problems, such as the lack of training. The same applies to the underperformance of black boys in school — teaching them to see themselves as victims of white racist teachers is not to help them, but to discourage them and their families from looking at cultural attitudes to education that may be the root cause of the problem. That is not to say there are not racist white teachers; just that focusing only on that issue does not help black boys but hinders them. Telling Africa and Africans that its plight is the West’s fault because it won’t cough up enough aid discourages them from tackling the root cause of their poverty, which is bad governance. By condemning everyone who disagrees with them in the most extreme terms — those isms — the PC brigade have succeeded in making us a nervy nation, with most people anxious about what they say or think. This has fuelled politics of denial, with politicians preferring to stick their heads in the sand rather than tackle sensitive issues. And again, it is the vulnerable who end up suffering."
Politically correct has now reached the point where it is a tool of the left to create roles for different groups in society that helps to push their views. You try and debate it, you get shut down as being intolerant. What is ticking the PC crowd off is they thought this battle was winding down in the mid 90s or so. But now with a pushback, they have become a big crazed about it.

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