[ExI] Political correctness consequences

Anders anders at aleph.se
Wed Aug 3 08:18:51 UTC 2016

On 2016-08-03 08:01, Rafal Smigrodzki wrote:
> Since the factual claims of political correctness are often actually 
> incorrect, and the norms are often odious to most reasonable people, 
> political correctness is potentially harmful. Since it was accepted by 
> power elites worldwide, the harms are in fact widespread and hard to 
> escape from.

Note that this has nearly always been the case: when an ideological 
orthodoxy becomes entrenched, it seldom becomes entrenched because it is 
true but because of other appeals or practical reasons. The harmful 
intellectual effects are the same. (Ob ref: Hayek, "The Intellectuals 
and Socialism")

> Lack of ideological diversity among elites, the almost complete 
> takeover of positions of power by politically correct cadres in a 
> number of countries, is therefore a major flaw of the current global 
> political system.

What periods or places have shown ideological diversity among elites?

Dr Anders Sandberg
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford Martin School
Oxford University

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