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Political correctness ensures that respect is maintained in debate

Offence in argument and debate should be avoided at all costs as it risks radicalising people’s ideas and dividing people into polarised ‘tribal’ groups. Without Political correctness and respect, prejudice is fuelled further and (as seen repeatedly in History) minority groups can be targeted.

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Respect and Politeness are crucial in large-scale debate to prevent difference in ideas turning into conflict. If offensive language is condoned in the media and in our society then ideas polarise very quickly and risk turning violent. Also, if debate is not respectful then it defies the point of it. The point being to learn from another’s information. Without respect the argument merely becomes two people trying to validate their opinion without being open minded. If we are not open minded we cannot function in a democracy.

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Political correctness doesn’t stop controversial ideas turning violent - censorship does. Political correctness merely softens the language used to express ideas, which in effect is not very significant


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