political correctness

Das Kapital

We could allow ourselves to get spooked into accepting a Marxist understanding of capitalism that has long-since outlived its usefulness if it ever had any to begin with (language warning):

or we could acknowledge that the classes at war in America aren't the bourgeoisie and the proletariat; they are the ever-increasing numbers of people who work for or otherwise live off Big Government and the taxpayers who support them.  

Either way—do we quietly outlaw a word like "capitalism" because what had been a respectable word with a precise definition has, through the steady working of cultural Marxism (that phrase itself is an example of the very thing we're discussing, since most people use the term "political correctness" in its stead) become a pejorative and a term that might offend potential political allies?  

The assault on words, "the footsteps of reason" according to Francis Bacon, is everywhere, not just in the US. For instance, in Britain:

Publishers and universities are outlawing dozens of seemingly innocuous words in case they cause offence.

[....] However the list of "sensitive" language is said by critics to amount to unwarranted censorship and wrongly assume that people are offended by words that have been in use for years.

Prof Frank Furedi, a sociologist at the University of Kent, said he was shocked when he saw the extent of the list and how readily academics had accepted it..."I was moved to despair when I found out that one of my favourite words, 'civilised', ought not be used by a culturally sensitive author because of its alleged racist implications."

As Bacon also said,

..."reason with speech" is a gift from God. By divorcing words from their true meanings and delegitimizing words with authentic meanings, the cultural Marxists are turning their backs on a divine gift and threatening reason itself. For those who understand that words are the "footsteps of reason," the lesson is quite clear. The antidote to cultural Marxism in America is an authentic vocabulary - one that vigilantly preserves linguistic fidelity...

Why is this urgent? Because

A dagger is pointed at the heart of America. Its point is the deliberate misuse of the English language for the purpose of influencing how Americans speak and think. If the dagger is driven home, reason itself will be the principal victim...

Read the rest.

Moral relativism run amok

Manhattan College used to be a Catholic men's college—well, it's still nominally Catholic, but co-ed—and my alma mater, a Catholic women's college—well, it's still nominally Catholic, but co-ed—was Manhattan's "sister school."  There was a cooperative program, which meant that students on both campuses could take courses on either campus. It was all very nice.  That was then, this is now (via Weasel Zippers):

Manhattan College Holocaust Center Hires Muslim Woman Who Compared Nazi-Era Jews to Post-9/11 Muslims to Promote “Interfaith Outreach”

Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn), a child of Holocaust survivors and the Assembly representative of the largest contingent of Holocaust survivors, is leading the charge to have the word Holocaust removed from the name of the Holocaust Resource Center of Manhattan College.

Located in Riverdale [in the northwest Bronx--tvm], the stated mission of Manhattan College’s Holocaust Resource Center is “to educate people about the Holocaust and its significance for the present.”

Yet, in a recent announcement, Manhattan College indicated that it is “broadening its focus and will actively seek to foster understanding among Christians, Jews and Muslims through interfaith dialogue related to its educational mission.”...

[...] “The Holocaust is a uniquely Jewish event,” Hikind wrote in a letter to Manhattan College President Dr. Brennan O’Donnell....

[...] In the letter, Hikind also referenced an offensive and erroneous comment made by Dr. Afridi. In published remarks in an August 11, 2008 Khaleej Times article, Dr. Afridi states that, “Jews can help Muslims navigate in a post-9/11 world by sharing with them the difficulties that they too faced in Europe and the United States...”

“It is inconceivable to me how Dr. Afridi can even begin to equate what the Jews of Europe suffered under Nazi rule with what she perceives Muslims in present-day America are enduring,” Hikind said in response to Afridi’s remark.

“To my knowledge, I am not aware of any Muslims being rounded up and sent to gas chambers. Dr. Afridi is the wrong individual to head this or any Holocaust resource center.”

What a disgrace.  All I can say is that I pray Manhattan College donors find some other more deserving outlet for their charitable giving.

Oklahoma City, McVeigh, John Doe 2, & Bill Clinton

This week, mention of the Muslim Brotherhood's presence in the US got some folks exercised.  But If you're old enough, you remember Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. In April of last year, the fifteenth anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, Bill Clinton didn't miss an opportunity to pile on to the left's "Tea-Partiers-as-McVeigh-wannabes" meme:

“There can be real consequences when what you say animates people who do things you would never do,” Mr. Clinton said in an interview, saying that Timothy McVeigh, who carried out the Oklahoma City bombing, and those who assisted him, “were profoundly alienated, disconnected people who bought into this militant antigovernment line.”

Hmmmm.

You may also remember talk of a "John Doe 2," a third man involved in the OKC bombing, but that seemed to fall off the radar fairly quickly, something I found odd at the time—but ultimately shrugged my shoulders about. After all, not many people were paying attention to al-Qaeda at the time. 

But once again, citizen journalists, oftentimes including people who comment on news stories, are doing the job that "real" journalists—you know, our moral and intellectual superiors—refuse to do.

This story is huge, but because it doesn't fit the narrative, expect to hear crickets chirping in all the lamestream media newsrooms.

From The Patriot Ledger, via Jihad Watch:

QUINCY —It was a routine call for Quincy police about two homeless men fighting. Hussain Al-Hussaini was arrested. The victim was taken to the hospital.

Then came the surprise. Readers commenting on a story about Wednesday’s arrest on The Patriot Ledger’s website noted that a man with the same name was mentioned prominently in a book about the deadly bombing of an Oklahoma City federal building in 1995.

By Thursday afternoon, police had contacted the FBI and spoken to the book’s author.

Jayna Davis, author of the 2004 book “The Third Terrorist: The Middle East Connection to the Oklahoma City Bombing,” said she asked a Quincy police detective if Hussain Al-Hussaini, the man police arrested, had a tattoo of an anchor with a snake wrapped around it. He did. Police sent her a photo of him.

“His age, his name, the picture, the mug shot – that’s him,” Davis told The Patriot Ledger via telephone after speaking with police. She said the anchor-and-snake tattoo was common among members of a branch of the Iraqi army under Saddam Hussein....

A similar story was reported on The Boston Channel and has since been removed.

From 2009, at Republican Riot (via Atlas Shrugs):

[....] On June 11, 2001 — the two-year anniversary of the official “end” of our latest war against Serbs as we fortified “their” enemies — Timothy McVeigh was executed. That night, America closed its eyes and soundly went to sleep. We woke up exactly three months later.

The unanimous glee over McVeigh’s execution had to do not only with the “whiteness” of the terrorist, but also with the fact that he would take his secrets with him — and even the mainstream news accounts at the time revealed that there was much he wasn’t revealing. The public and our law enforcement were happy to not look any deeper, affording ourselves some denial and the illusion of safety. But the attack to take place three months later would lead investigators right back to Bosnia, where five of the 9/11 hijackers trained, fought, or had citizenship — and to Albania and Kosovo.

And thus to the Clinton administration. Read the whole thing.  As for the lamestream media's coverage of this story right from the start?  Cue the crickets.

Uh-bridged

If you love unabridged books in general, and Mark Twain in particular (there actually is a local connection here), this is for you:

UPDATE: Over there on the left is a link to a very nice, relatively inexpensive, hardback, unabridged, uncensored edition of both Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer together for your consideration (while you still have the option of considering it). I must admit that I do like the convenience of reading a book on my iPod, but, error or not, Amazon giveth and Amazon taketh away. Physical books are so, well, physical and thus much more difficult to chuck down the memory hole. If they want my books, they're going to have to come pry them from my cold, dead hands.

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