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Month: October 2015

Thoughts, Ideas and discussion on “Politically Correct Speech”

The Politics of Politically Correct Speech

“The notion of political correctness has ignited controversy across the land. And although the movement arises from the laudable desire to sweep away the debris of racism and sexism and hatred, it replaces old prejudices with new ones….What began as a crusade for civility has soured into a cause of conflict and even censorship.” George Herbert Walker Bush – 41

“I have always been among those who believed that the greatest freedom of speech was the greatest safety, because if a man is a fool, the best thing to do is encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking.” Woodrow Wilson, 28th US President, Democrat

“Free speech does not live many hours after free industry and free commerce die.” Herbert Clark Hoover, 31st US President, Republican

In 1949 George Orwell’s social criticism, utopian literature on language, the suppression of writers and thought control “1984” was published. In the book, Orwell creates Newspeak, a form of English that the book’s totalitarian government utilizes to discourage free thinking. Orwell believed that, without a word or words to express an idea, the idea itself was impossible to conceive and retain. Thus Newspeak has eliminated the word “bad,” replacing it with the less-harsh “ungood.” The author’s point was that government can control us through the words. 1 Continue reading Thoughts, Ideas and discussion on “Politically Correct Speech”