How does radical political correctness undermine its purpose? 

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How does radical political correctness undermine its purpose? 

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Author: Justas Stankevičius

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“If we miscall the real names of things their meaning will change”. This would be an accurate definition of political correctness in a single sentence which at the same time shows its disguised nature of censorship. Last year before the largest classical music events in the West (BBC Proms, London) there was a suggestion to censor the lyrics of several canonical musical pieces (“Rule Britannia” and “Land of hope and glory”). Such exaggerated political correctness betrays an obvious narrative: to try in every possible way to ban and censor anything that can be seen as offensive. But in what ways does this political correctness differ from censorship in the USSR? In short, no way. Censorship is indeed censorship. Such excessive censorship potentially undermines its purpose: it shows disrespect for national minorities themselves as if they are not independent people who cannot accept the world as it is. Another aspect isn’t it reverse racism against Europe’s cultural heritage? 

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The BBC’s ignorance of the British cultural heritage is not unnoticed. As a current leader of the Reform UK Richard Tice puts it “If the BBC wants to cancel our patriotism and our history by not singing Rule Britannia and Land of hope and glory, I want to cancel my license fee. They are in breach of their contract with the British people”. And he is right. Every British citizen is required to pay a fee to the BBC if his television shows BBC channels. In this exact case with Rule Britannia and Land of hope and glory, the BBC has shown that BBC as a British national broadcaster does not represent the British people or its culture. 

Political correctness opposes free speech

“Not having a politically correct opinion means not having a soul,” said Mao Zedong, the communist revolution in China who’s responsible for the lost lives of 45 million people. “Politically correct opinion” is a cliché that was used not only in communist China or Nazi Germany but also in its renewed form today. This cliché is known as “political correctness”. 

Freedom of thought and speech is what made the West move forward and improve in art and science, but these freedoms are being attacked daily by the radical left and political correctness. BBC censorship of British cultural heritage is just one of many cases. Political correctness increasingly becomes a threat on the internet: there is unequal visibility of political on Facebook, depending on the politician’s beliefs, fact-checkers, and “filternet”. These are just details with the laws of the EU under consideration. In 2018 the EU Parliament endorsed the proposed new Articles 11 and 13 of the Copyright directives, which seek to filter out content that goes online before it is published. Is such “filternet” a fair price to pay just because someone might not like the content of what was published? Sounds like a not very convincing statement. So to critically and academically evaluate the world and its phenomenon we must name things by their real definition, have a critical and responsible assessment of history instead of resorting to censorship and the demolition of culture. 

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