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  1. Paul Sunstone
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    I think Tami is right. It’s a pity her blog post on the topic is not required reading in the schools. In addition to what Tami says, I would add a minor point: Condemning something as “politically incorrect” seems quite often a red herring fallacy. That’s to say, sloppy thinking.

  2. Helen
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    It’s especially apposite at this time of year where the imagined scourge of “Pee Cee” is likely to be invoked at every turn by the usual suspects at family and other gatherings, as well as the usual condemnations of the War on Christmas (as you can see, Christmas is a weak little thing, nearly trodden into the dust as it is. Snerk.)

  3. Mindy
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    Christmas, het marriage, I had no idea these things were so fragile. Personally I don’t mind if someone wishes me a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays but then I don’t celebrate any particular religious holiday at this time of year. Being wished a Merry Christmas if you celebrate something else probably gets a bit wearying after a while.

  4. SunlessNick
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    I’ve long had the view that the phrase is an attempt to obfuscate the possibility that the “PC” position is in fact the morally correct one.

  5. MK
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    The ironic thing is that I’m pretty sure the term originated on the left as a way to roll eyes at people who ostentatiously said “n-word” and “chairperson” instead of actually doing anything actively useful or interrogating their more subtle/pervasive privilege. Damn you, linguistic shift! *shakes fist*

  6. Jason
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    From Dave’s Glossary of Politics:

    political correctness (n.) A diffuse, pathological quality of all progressive social movements that utterly devastates the lives of the well-off.

  7. YetAnotherMatt
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    My understanding of it was the correct way to behave around the emperor, then later displaying correct behaviour as proscribed by the national party, and that those who were not politically correct were given a red triangle. It interests me that it’s now people most likely to suggest that straight white men are the master race and destined to rule that make comments about political correctness, although it has changed direction.

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