Skip to comments.PD James: Political Correctness Ruining Society
Posted on 05/01/2008 9:07:47 PM PDT by blam
PD James: Political correctness ruining society
Last Updated: 2:57AM BST 02/05/2008
Police hampered by a 'culture of blame' says PD james
Modern life is bedevilled by political correctness, PD James, the crime author, said last night. There was a growing risk that Britons would live in "ghettos" and experience little contact with other people, she said in a speech on policing in the 21st century.
Baroness James of Holland Park, who is best known for creating the detective Adam Dalgliesh, told an audience in the Palace of Westminster: "Our society is now more fractured than I, in my long life, have ever known it.
"Increasingly there is a risk that we live in ghettos with our own kind, with a strong commitment to our local community but little contact with those outside it.
"Mutual respect and understanding and recognition of our common humanity cannot be nurtured in isolation. And in our relationships we are bedevilled by the cult of political correctness."
She added: "If in speaking to minorities we have to weigh every word in advance in case inadvertently we give offence, how can we be at ease with each other, how celebrate our common humanity, our shared anxieties and aspirations, both for ourselves and for those whom we love?" It would be "unfortunate" if the police became "enamoured" of political correctness, which she described as "a pernicious if risible authoritarian attempt at linguistic and social control".
Modern day police forces were also hampered by a "culture of blame" and red tape, the 87-year-old peer said.
"Perhaps the time has come when we need to look at the whole structure of our police service to see how far it meets the challenges of our changing society."
She concluded that police deserved "our respect and gratitude" for a "complex and demanding" job.
Children of Men was a pretty conservative book.
Beautiful quote, I’m adding it to my home page.
A Clockwork Orange comes to the UK.
Political correctness is a tool for the inducement of cultural psychosis, a modern phenomenon, for which there has been only the experience from the time of Marx and Engels to the present. No known antidote is present as the original and ideal preventitive, the constitutional republic known as the US of A has been delegitimized as if it has not existed and does not exist now. Only a rediscovery of our cultural past can save the West from the monstrosities of the EU and concepts such as supranational trading areas and transnational, progressive ideas which are only the new clothing of Marxian derivatives, just as damaging as credit derivatives in our financial world.
PC is a failed experiment in social programming. The pendulum will swing back, but when it does, it won’t be only “feelings” which get hurt. I foresee violent outbursts of pent up hatred and resentment when the dam breaks.
Some will begin to express themselves openly, when they sense that enforcement of PC is weakening, while others will have been programmed to be sensitive to every possible offense. The result will not be pretty.
The GOP should make political correctness a major campaign issue. Conservative talk show hosts should always rail against it. It is a winning issue for us, everyone I know, liberals included, hate PC.
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