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Political correctness opposes free speech

Political correctness is in its essence a form of censorship - therefore it goes against Western values and slows society's progression

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The Argument

Political correctness restricts the general debates and thinking that can be done publicly in society and in mainstream media to the result that various 'touchy' issues cannot be discussed efficiently and so that society has no flexibility regarding social boundaries. Effectively, Political correctness is a form of social engineering used to silence people with ‘controversial’ ideas. Since Political correctness is not fixed, what is deemed to be unacceptable continues to change - but who gets to decide what qualifies as unacceptable language or opinion. In effect, politicians who condemn others's opinions or use of language (as long as it isn't 'hate speech' or clearly discriminatory) by using political correctness are going against the principles of freedom of speech as they are silencing people according to their own standards. In fact, according to some, Political correctness is a leftist plot that silences the Right and removes ‘alternative politicians’ from mainstream media. Much of the world’s views are not strictly ‘politically correct’, therefore much of the world’s views are not represented to any extent because of this. In contrast, others think, ‘The whole political correctness movement was invented by the Far Right to inhibit any meaningful discussion of diversity issues in order to keep racial, gender, and other barriers in place.’

Counter arguments

Political correctness doesn’t oppose freedom of speech, Political correctnes sets the grounds for and ensures that the respect and understanding needed in debate are employed. In this way it advocates successful debate which strengthens the premise on which freedom of speech is widely accepted.

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This page was last edited on Monday, 1 Jul 2019 at 10:32 UTC