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theskeptic

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When one reads about some nit wit at the University of Calgary demanding that some guy take off his Trump Cap because if makes her feel "unsafe", one is forced to conclude that we have produced a generation of social justice warriors without a cause. They were raised in an era of unprecedented luxury, in a time when real racism had been extinguished, in an period in which the war for women's equality had been won, and in an era in which racial bigotry had been replaced by inclusive tolerance. Since the major battles for social justice had been fought and won, these millennials have had to invent their own litany of grievances.

Unfortunately their concerns are not actually genuine societal concerns. They are individual psychological traumas which they allege they have suffered and then contend that their personal psychological trauma constitutes a legitimate social issue. Assuming that someone is so frail and delicate, so lacking in intestinal fortitude, and so incapable of adapting to circumstances that they feel "unsafe" because someone wears a baseball cap, ..... how does that become a concern for society in general? If someone wets their diapers simply because they are confronted by an opposing political view, why should society have to adjust its norms to accommodate this dysfunctional person?

The idea that some sophomore's "feelings" should dictate an abandonment of the principle of freedom of thought and expression is patently absurd. Surely it is time for these outraged children to be told ............  "talk to the hand."

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Couldn't agree more - would up vote x 1000 if I could!! [smile] What special little snowflakes that need their 'safe place'!!

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That girl is going to have a hell of a time in the real world if that is all it takes to make her feel unsafe. How does she get out if bed in the morning.

But it was Mount Royal University, not the University of Calgary.
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I agree with you about the hyper-sensitive girl and her feeling un-safe due to a Trump cap. But I dis-agree with you about racisim - it is still alive and well, sadly. The battles have been fought and are still being fought, not won.
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So many of the 'Millennial Generation' with their politically correct upbringing want to squelch anything that they perceive may burst the 'bubble' in which they reside. There have always been and will always be malevolent elements in society of which we must be aware and be prepared to deal with but complete eradication is untenable. The "Let's Make America Great Again!" slogan as self-serving as it may be is for the moment at least fairly benign although that could very well change if the influence of 'The Donald and his Trumpites' continues to mount. Meanwhile, efforts must be ramped up to thwart such a devolution of society but this is not one of them.
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Political correctness is the physical emanation of post-modern subjectivism. In advanced liberal societies (e.g. Canada & USA) the idea of objective truths has been overwhelmed by the idea that everything is a matter of individual subjective perceptions. This subjectivism has become so prevalent that any suggestions that a certain fact is absolutely true is looked upon with askance and the speaker is immediately characterized as an ignoramus.

In such a world , determining truth by rational analysis is cast aside and the determination of what to believe becomes a matter of ascertaining what idea is preferred by the majority. Logic is replaced by "feelings." The result is that every debatable topic is quickly relegated to the sphere of unjustifiable preferences which are then declared incapable of adjudication. (e.g. "oh, well, we will just have to agree to disagree")

In such a world the problem is this ... "how do we decide what to believe and what not to believe?" The modern answer is that we seek out the consensus. That is, if a majority of subjective opinions fall on one side of the debate  ... we declare there is a consensus and that becomes the "accepted truth." (See: the global warming debate for an example of this consensus theory of truth in operation)

So how does political correctness relate to this "truth by consensus" theory? Political correctness is justified on the basis that an over whelming majority of "the people" consider the word or phrase to be "unacceptable." By selling the idea that the vast majority believe "rape" or "eskimo" is "unacceptable" they hope to build an actual consensus to that effect. It becomes a self fulfilling prophesy which works because deteriming what to believe and not believe is no longer determined by rational analysis ... you just go onto Twitter or Facebook to see what the rest of the group are thinking.

So how does all the foregoing relate to the real world. The answer seems to be ... the social justice warriors hurl out accusations of : “racist,” “sexist,” “bigoted,” or worse — based on nothing more than a comment taken out of context, someone’s clumsy attempt at humor, or a photo or image that’s the artistic expression of a creative person. They then use Twitter and Facebook as their digital gossip column to create a consensus ... and voila ... we have a whole new "Truth" that Joe Shmo is racist because he wore a Donald Trump baseball cap.

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As I have said before: "There are so many rights that no one has any."
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Clothed in the flag of political correctness and bandying the sword of feigned moral indignation, the social justice warrior proceeds to judge the motives and conduct of others with a sense of righteousness not seen since the zenith of the Women's Christian Temperance Movement. Judgmental in the extreme they brand other people as racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic or whatever other derogatory epitaph they can invent without the slightest knowledge about the person they attack.

The interesting question is this: what is the foundation for this condemnation of others?

Their judments certainly cannot be based on a traditional moral foundation. After all, these postmodernists have all bought into the world view of cultural relativism and moral equivalency. This world view rests on the assumption that there is no objective exterior truths and consequently everything is a matter of personal subjective perception. Therefore their customary stance is that everything is a matter of personal perception and hence there is nothing either good or evil since everything is either a mere cultural practice of a cultural value.

If then everything is simply a matter of personal perceptions or cultural practices, why do these social justice warriors suddenly invoke the "wrath of God" when someone uses a word or phrase which they consider to be politically incorrect? The answer seems to be that they have banded together and decided upon their personal likes and dislikes. They have then declared their personal preferences to be the overwhelming consensus of society. They then gather into a mob and purport to intimidate everyone else to conform and accept their personal preferences.

If their disapproval had some basis in logic, it might be tolerable. However, that is not the case. The result is that the most innocuous expressions are alleged to carry the most insidious insinuations.

Recently we observed an overblown wailing and gnashing of teeth because someone said "Perhaps we can all go to Gwen crouses healing garden to forget about this?" Looking at it through the social justice warriors lens it suddenly becomes racist bigotry because Gwen Crouse is either Native or Metis. After all, no one is allowed to disagree with the idea of a Healing Garden without incurring the accusation of being racist. These white social justice warriors, in the best tradition of Kipling's "White Man's Burden" make themselves feel warm and fuzzy through this exercise in nobless oblige.

If it were not for their inherent viciousness ... the whole movement would be laughable.

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The problem with the Social Justice Warriors and the politically correct crowd is that they are all a bunch of  "mutologists". A "mutologist" has been defined by an "overwhelming consensus" to mean "a person who intimidates and forces people to remain mute and not speak their minds ..... the practice of shutting down freedom of expression "

Of course, the reason the mutologist is "unacceptable" is because they customarily take a perfectly reasonable statement and through the wild machinations of their own minds characterize it as bigotry, racism, lies, sexist, etc, etc. The following is a typical example of the mutologist in action.

Joe was sitting in McDonalds with his red baseball cap on eating his grampa burger. Polly Correct, who was sitting near by, was suspicious that Joe was both a racist and a sexist because after all ... he was wearing a red baseball cap and had ordered a grampa burger rather than a mama burger.

So when Joe looked at Polly and said "could you please pass the salt and pepper" .... well ..... that comment confirmed her suspicions. Salt is white and pepper is black .... so obviously Joe sees everything through the lens of a racists. Polly also noticed that he used more salt than pepper on his grampa burger ... which proves conclusively that he is a white male supremacist.

So having concluded that Joe is a white supremacists-sexist she informed him with all the righteous indignation she could muster that his statement "pass the salt and pepper" is both racist and sexist.

Poor old Joe was a bit bewildered but prudence dictated that he not make a comment. After all he was going to ask her to pass him a copy of the Edmonton Sun but he didn't want to be subjected to a withering attack for being a right wing capitalist red neck for wanting to look at The Sun.

The Score board flashed .... Mutologist -- 1  Sanity 0

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The Skeptic.....How true! As I read your post, I recognized how many times your post was mirrored in the conversations I have had.
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Looks like trying to be politically correct is not so good for business either:

http://thefederalist.com/2016/09/26/following-trans-bathroom-policy-targets-sales-tank/
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And then there is this:

http://dailycaller.com/2016/09/27/trigger-warnings-in-actual-college-courses-are-as-dumb-as-you-imagine-only-more-so/#ixzz4LSlg0bEL
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Here's one....A man was standing in front of a sign that said "No smoking near or inside the hospital." He takes exception because his feelings were hurt. Now he is suing. Do these SJW realize how silly they look??
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