The Source of Political Correctness

The Source of Political Correctness
By Donna Wasson

No political correctnessWhere did this terminal cancer, which has weakened American society for over 10 years, come from? How did we get to the point where our 1st Amendment rights are literally being eroded out from beneath us? And why are we intelligent, average, sensible Americans allowing it to happen?

Bill Lind wrote an excellent article back in February 2000, called The Origins of Political Correctness, from which he lectured at various Accuracy in Academia conferences during that same year. I will be borrowing liberally from this work, so when you see words in italics, those are verbatim from that paper.

Even before the first shots were fired in the American Revolution, we in this country always took great pride in the fact that we could speak our minds with impunity. In fact, we’ve taken it for granted so long we’ve hardly noticed that freedom is all but a thing of the past. Like the frog placed in a pot of water who didn’t realize the heat was slowly being turned up and didn’t know he was being cooked until it was too late, political correctness will be the death of us.

There are some who have pointed out this scourge over the years, but we’ve apparently been too busy with our day to day lives and concerns to pay much attention. We’re beginning to listen now!

The demand for political correctness (P.C.) is getting louder and more intrusive than ever and unless we push back and speak the truth, we will be forced to live in fear of ‘offending’ the wrong person.

This insidious nonsense is precisely why tens of millions have died around the world. We see the consequences on the news every day as hundreds are being slaughtered by their own military and government for daring to speak out against the repressive society in which they live. History is witness to those citizens who have been harassed, arrested or even executed in places like Russia, North Korea, China and even in Europe and it all started with controlling what the populace could say publically.

Basically, political correctness is cultural Marxism. Webster’s defines Marxism as “The political and economic view of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels that society inevitably develops through class struggle from oppression under capitalism to eventual classlessness.” Political correctness is a totalitarian ideology.

An ideology posits that due to what a particular philosophy states, certain things must be true. An example of this would be to say the entire history of human culture reflects the history of the oppression of females. It is a gross exaggeration of a basic or partial truth.

Since reality contradicts the basic or partial truth, reality must be forbidden. Thus, to keep people from speaking out and refuting what they know reality to be, the power of the state must be put behind the demand to live a lie. That is why ideology invariably creates a totalitarian state.

Cultural Marxism or political correctness says that all history is determined by power, by which groups defined in terms of race, sex, etc., have power over other groups. Nothing else matters.

As classic Marxism philosophy teaches, certain groups are ‘good’ while others are ‘bad.’ For instance blacks, Hispanic, homosexuals and feminists are determined to be ‘victims’, and therefore are automatically good regardless of what any of them do. Similarly, white males (and white females) are determined to automatically be evil. Unfortunately, anyone who currently professes to be a true, practicing Christian is now considered the cause du jour of all the world’s ills.

Nowhere else is political correctness more prevalent than on America’s college campuses. Any student or even faculty member who dares cross any line set by any of the ‘victim’ groups quickly find themselves in hot water with the ‘intellectual elite.’ Sometimes, the offender is even subject to formal charges and/or punishments.

As in economic Marxism, the P.C. crowd utilizes the tool of expropriation for control and growth. Expropriation means taking someone’s property or depriving them of their possessions, especially for public use. When political correctness takes over a university campus, its proponents will expropriate through things like quotas for admissions. When a white student with superior qualifications is denied admittance to a college in favor of a black or Hispanic who isn’t as well qualified, the white student is expropriated. In society at large, Affirmative Action is another perfect example of this tactic.

Both types of Marxism have a method of analysis that manipulates and provides the answers they want. For P.C., it is deconstruction, or taking any text, removing all meaning from it and re-inserting any meaning desired. By doing this, they are able to once again show or ‘prove’ that all history is about which groups have power over which other groups. This is how the history books in our public school systems have been re-written to reflect the ‘victimhood’ of certain groups due to the evil white man taking advantage for his own gain.

Political correctness has a history which, surprisingly, extends much further back than the 1960’s with its hippies and anti-war movement. It goes back to the time of WWI. The people espousing economic Marxism were certain when war came to Europe, as it did in 1914, that the common people would rise up in their various countries and overthrow their governments. They figured the general public would feel they had much more in common with each other across national boundaries than with the rich and ruling class in their own country. They were wrong.

The people in each country happily backed their individual national flags and identities and marched off to fight each other. The Marxists were puzzled because they couldn’t possibly be wrong about their dazzling ideology so two Marxist theorists put their heads together to postulate what the problem could be.

Antonio Gramsci, from Italy, thought the workers would never see their true class interests, as defined by Marxism, until they were freed from Western culture and particularly from the Christian religion because these two forces blinded them to their potential.

Georg Lukacs, from Hungary, was considered the most brilliant Marxist theorist since Marx himself and stated in 1919, “Who will save us from Western Civilization?” When the Bolshevik Bela Kun government was established the same year, Lukacs became the deputy commissar for culture. The first thing he did was introduce sex education into Hungarian schools, which the people were appalled by and, as a result, they turned against the new government. This was his aim.

In Germany in 1923, Felix Weil, the wealthy, spoiled son of a millionaire trader became a Marxist and spent a considerable amount of money sponsoring something called the First Marxist Work Week. He was concerned about the division of opinions within Marxist ranks and brought together many of the key German thinkers, including Lukacs, to work out the differences. He stated, “What we need is a think-tank”, thus establishing the familiar term which resulted in translating Marxism from economic to cultural, creating Political Correctness as we know it today.

That same year, 1923, he endowed the Institute for Marxism, which was associated with Frankfurt University. However, after realizing it was not to their advantage to openly proclaim themselves Marxist, they changed the name to the Institute for Social Research so as to not seem threatening to the general public.

Weil stated in 1971 that, “I wanted the Institute to become known, perhaps famous, due to its contributions to Marxism.”

The first director of the Frankfurt School, as the Institute was informally named, was Carl Grunberg, an Austrian economist. In his opening address, he concluded by clearly stating his personal allegiance to Marxism as a scientific methodology and that it would be the ruling principle at the Institute. This never changed.

In 1930, the facility got a new director, Max Horkheimer, whose Marxist views were thought to be too radical by the mainstream members. The theorists at the Institute were expelled from the official Marxist party. Horkheimer’s sin was to combine cultural Marxism with Freudism. Freud thought everyone lived repressed lives, and Horkheimer and the Institute combined the two to create a new theory called, Critical Theory.

Critical Theory is quite simple. It states that the best way to bring down Western culture and the capitalist order, which represses its citizens, is to sharply criticize the established order but explicitly refuse to lay down an alternative. It calls for the most destructive criticism possible, in every possible way, designed to bring the current order down. Critical Theory is now known as Political Correctness.

Two key members joined the Institute in the 1930’s, Erich Fromm and Herbert Marcuse, who introduce the need for sexual liberation which is a strong theme in today’s P.C. thinking.

Horkheimer came up with the idea of environmentalism, also a popular element in modern thinking today. “Materialism had led to a manipulative dominating attitude toward nature” and the theme of man’s domination of nature was a central concern of the Frankfurt School in subsequent years. He also expressed another criticism of materialism and common labor with the demand for human, sensual happiness and personal gratification to which he felt the leaders of government and society were hostile.

This is about the time these inane ideas were introduced into America and its universities. In 1933, the Nazis came to power in Germany and shut down the Institute for Social Research. Its members fled to New York City and reestablished the Institute there with help from Columbia University. Through the 1930’s the members shifted their focus from German society to directing Critical Theory toward American society.

Some of the members also went to work for the government, including Herbert Marcuse, who became a key figure in the OSS (the predecessor to the CIA). Others, including Horkheimer moved towait for it.Hollywood, California.

Today’s political correctness matured in the student rebellion of the 1960’s which was largely due to resistance to the military draft and the Vietnam War in general. The students needed to justify their rage with some theory that had a somewhat believable rationale to support it. Herbert Marcuse had remained in America after the Frankfurt School relocated back to Germany after the war and was available to come to their rescue.

Marcuse saw the rebellion as a great opportunity to make the work of the Institute and its theories into the New Left in America. One of his books virtually became the student rebel’s bible. The book, Eros and Civilization: A Philosophical Inquiry into Freud, had its Marxist ideology downplayed, as the theories were disguised in softer language. Because the youth in the rebellion were not the sharpest tools in the shed, Marcuse’s book was much easier to understand than classic economic Marxism and the students lived by its tenets.

See if the following sounds familiar: Under a capitalistic order, repression is the essence of that order and that results in the person Freud describesa person with all the hang-ups, the neuroses, because his sexual instincts are repressed. We can envision a future, if we can only destroy the existing oppressive order, in which we liberate Eros, we liberate libido, in which we have a world of “polymorphous perversity,” in which you can ‘do your own thing.’ In that world there will no longer be work, only play. Sounds eerily like the Occupy Movement, doesn’t it??

This message for the radicals of the mid-1960’s sounded like nirvana. They were students and baby boomers who grew up never having to worry about anything except eventually having to get a job. And here is a guy writing in a way they can easily understand. He doesn’t require them to read a lot of heavy Marxism and he tells them everything they want to hear, which is essentially, “Do your own thing,” “If it feels good, do it,” and “You never have to go to work.” Marcuse is also the genius who coined the brilliant phrase, “Make love, not war.” Groovy.

He defined ‘liberating tolerance’ as tolerance for anything coming from the Left and complete Intolerance for anything coming from the Right, which is the attitude we are contending with today. Add the morality of the Bible and true Christian living as a target of Critical Theory and the average, upstanding, hard-working American with good common sense simply doesn’t stand a chance.

In the last 10 to 15 years, America has undergone the greatest and direst transformation in its history. We have literally become a country with an official ideology which is enforced by the power of the state. For instance, we now have ‘hate crimes.’ Don’t ALL crimes stem from hate? Must we really have special laws covering this? When will speaking out become a crime?

Political correctness is here to stay and it will only get stronger as it seeks to destroy the freedoms our forefathers died to provide as well as the culture and way of life we have worked so hard for. We had better wake up and start pushing back for the sake of our children and grandchildren.

The Bible clearly warns us that these attitudes will be part of the last days. I guarantee a time will come in this country when anyone who makes their disagreement with the establishment known publically will be imprisoned or will simply disappear in the night, as those in Russia, Germany, China, North Korea and other totalitarian societies have done over the decades.

Those of you who claim the name of Christ had better get your house in order while there is still time. I, for one, do not plan on hanging around to see these things come to pass. Maranatha!

Donna Wasson is all of the following: Married. Mom. Hospice RN. Avid reader. Animal lover. CSI fanatic. Needing to spread the Gospel while there is still time.

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Happy Veteran’s Day

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Veterans Day began as Armistice Day, when on 11 November 1921, the remains of an unknown World War I American soldier were buried in Arlington National Cemetery, in recognition of WWI veterans and the official cessation of WWI hostilities “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918. President Warren Harding requested that “All … citizens … indulge in a period of silent thanks to God for these … valorous lives, and of supplication for His Divine mercy … on our beloved country.” Inscribed on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are the words, “Here lies in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.”

In 1954, Congress was determined to additionally recognize the sacrifice of veterans before and since WWI, and those of future generations, and thereby proposed to recognize 11 November as Veterans Day. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, former Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in WWII, signed legislation establishing Veterans Day.

Insight into the sacrifice of our veterans and their families can be gained by noting that, since the American Revolution, tens of millions of Americans have served our nation with honor, and almost 1.2 million have died in defense of it. Another 1.4 million have been wounded, many gravely. The numbers, of course, offer no reckoning of the inestimable value of these Patriots’ lives or the anguish borne by their families, but we do know that their sacrifices defended a most precious gift — the gift of Liberty that we cherish to this day.

America stands proud and free because our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen have stood bravely in harm’s way — now and for generations. For their steadfast devotion to duty, honor and country, we, the American People, offer our humble gratitude and heartfelt thanks.

On this Veterans Day, and every day of the year, may God bless our men and women in uniform, those who have served before them, and their families. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:12-14)

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The Stars and Stripes

Here are 5 fascinating facts about our grand old flag.

Did you know?
General George Washington’s first battle flag carried the British Union Jack in its upper left corner. American Revolutionaries combined the Union Jack with 13 red and white stripes to demonstrate that while loyal to England, they were also committed to justice for the 13 colonies.

“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men; and so it must be daily earned and refreshed — else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.” (Dwight D. Eisenhower)

Betsy who?  Betsy Ross : Designer of Our Flag
Most historians now discredit the legend that Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross produced the first American flag in 1776. It is a fact that the pre-Union Pennsylvania government asked Betsy to sew flags for its navy—but others whose names are now forgotten were also asked to do so.

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” (Mark Twain)

Grand Old Birthday
On June 14, 1777, the new Continental Congress resolved “that the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

The American Revolution : Campaign 1776

America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” (Harry S. Truman)

During the Civil War, Lincoln‘s advisers, reflecting the view of many Northerners, wanted him to order the removal of the 11 stars representing the rebellious states. Lincoln replied that his mission as President was to preserve the Union at all costs. How could he allow the stars of the Confederate states to be stricken from the flag when so much blood was being spilled to keep them?

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

The Civil War – A Film by Ken Burns

“The real democratic idea is not that every man shall be on a level with every other, but that every one shall have liberty, without hindrance, to be what God made him.” (Henry Ward Beecher)

For All
The Pledge of Allegiance was first published in The Youth’s Companion children’s magazine in 1892 as part of a national public school celebration. Written by Francis Bellamy, it has gone through several revisions over the years, including the addition of the phrase “one nation under God,” which President Eisenhower signed into law on Flag Day 1954.

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April Edition of Pop Goes the Gospel

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Welcome to the April 2010 edition of Pop Goes the Gospel blog Carnival. This I am happy to introduce a couple new contributors. I am amazed at the quality of articles I get each month and I would like to give credit to the fine bloggers who make this carnival one worth reading each month.

I decided that this month I was going to take the advice of our feature poster and keep SILENT and allow the posts to SPEAK for themselves, so without any further blather from me on with the Carnival.

Feature Article

Aaron Travis presents the sound of silence posted at themuse(ic)ian. Aaron must have been reading my journal because his article this month mirrors thoughts and musings I had on the very same subject. Taking time to listen to the sound of silence. Aaron makes the case for the importance of silence in our noise filled world. Now take time and be quiet as you read this month’s feature post.

In Bible Study

Jim Edwards presents A Godly Principle: Would You Buy This Barrel of Apple Juice? posted at, Jim presents and interesting illustration which vividly portrays his point, that God is pure and therefore we as His children should honor Him by giving our best to the Lord and not that which is tainted or polluted. Good post Jim!

Jeff presents The Spirit World: Introduction posted at, Jeff brings another theological gem to this month’s edition. This time Jeff tackles Heaven and Hell and other places in-between. Yes you heard me right. Now quick rush on over to Jeff’s blog and read it for yourself. You will certainly learn something by spending some time with

BWL presents 3 Things Moses Teaches Us About Money posted at Christian Personal Finance, This week the Christian Church celebrates the Resurrection of our Lord the culmination of the Season of Lent. While at the same time our Jewish brethren celebrate Passover. What a perfect time to reflect on Moses and the lessons we can learn from his leadership.

In Culture

Andrew Hawkes presents hawkes – hfl – What’s Important? – What’s Important? posted at hawkes – hfl, Excellent question. It all depends on your perspective. The perspective gained from this 22 yr old missionary to Haiti may just make you pause long enough to thank God for what is important in your life. Thank you Andrew and welcome to the carnival. THIS IS A MUST READ BY EVERYONE!

In Life

NCSue presents A lesson from a skunk? posted at IN HIM WE LIVE AND MOVE AND HAVE OUR BEING. What happens when a skunk stops for a peanut butter snack and gets his head stuck in the jar? Well head on over to NCSue’s blog and find out. This one will make you smile and think. I promise no animals where hurt in the posting of this article.

In Church Life

Trent Cotton presents Confessions of a Converted Catholic: Justification posted at Christian Men-Christian Warriors, Trent presents biblical insights from a reformed Catholic‘s perspective. This modern day Martin Luther is penning some theses of his own. Whether you are Catholic or not see what you think of this post on Biblical Justification.

Joe Plemon presents Declare Who You REALLY Are: A Winner posted at Personal Finance By The Book, Joe Plemon a first time contributor to this carnival challenges us to confess who we are in Christ rather than who we used to be before Christ. AD versus BC. If you are a child of God then you have been made new, old things passed away and everything was made new. Imagine if the butterfly kept thinking of himself as he used to be… a worm. Not too many worms I know can fly so beautifully as a butterfly can. Great post Joe and I hope you continue to contribute to this carnival. Thanks!

In Family

Siobhan McGirr presents Even Super Moms Need God’s Help posted at A Christian Mommy. There are many things we can learn as adults if we listen to the words of a child. This Super Mom learned a lesson we all should heed. Well done Siobhan and welcome to “Pop Goes the Gospel“.

In Politics

Allen Scott presents Hillary to Israel: Don’t Count on Me! posted at Journey Across the Sky, saying, “Robert wrote an very insightful article concerning the Israeli and American relationship and the dependency upon Governments for defense and protection. Today’s world SCREAMS for someone or something to come and stop all the madness. The trouble is if we look to MAN for our help then we end up with the mess we currently have and open the door for the eventuality of inaugurating the ANTI-CHRIST. Take heed and learn a lesson from Israel.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Pop Goes the Gospel using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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