political correctness

Americans were warned that not electing the 2012 Republican presidential candidate would have consequences, but probably didn’t expect the Donald Trump phenomenon to be one of them. Like begets like, but an extreme begets its opposite. Barack Obama was the anti-Bush, an airy highbrow of

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“In fact, speech deemed ‘offensive’ is often the speech that needs to be protected most,” writes Amy Lutz in an article about Muslim students protesting the University of Missouri’s screening of the film American Sniper. Lutz notes that while the Islamic activists argue that their opposition to

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Political correctness is an exercise in punishing the literate for the sins of the illiterate. Those who are informed are able to acknowledge that while the farthingale (“hoop skirt”) style that frequented centuries gone by reflects an impracticality that denotes a life of leisure (and

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“How do you gain protection against the dragon?  By naming the dragon.” – from The Hobbit Companion‘s analysis of the dragon Smaug in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit I’m a History major, and the history of science is one of my primary interests.  On a technical

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