The Origins and History of Political Correctness


ACRU Staff


April 25, 2007

Ever wonder what was the impetus for the rampant political correctness that afflicts our land? Whence comes the movement that has subverted the Constitution and America’s traditional values and understanding of freedom in favor of “multiculturalism,” “diversity,” and “tolerance”?

After all, these are important questions. The phrase, “know thy enemy,” comes to mind.

I had the privilege to hear Bill Lind of the Free Congress Foundation speak on this topic a number of years ago at a conference I organized for Accuracy in Academia. As he said in that speech, titled “The Origins of Political Correctness”:

The fact of the matter is that Political Correctness has a history, a history that is much longer than many people are aware of outside a small group of academics who have studied this. And the history goes back, as I said, to World War I, as do so many of the pathologies that are today bringing our society, and indeed our culture, down.

Well, now the Free Congress Foundation has put together an informative video, embedded below, that carefuly documents the origins and history of political correctness. As Lind, the narrator of the video, explains, political correctness is a product of the morphing of economic Marxism into cultural Marxism in the early 20th century. The way these revolutionaries accomplished that — and how they were able to mainstream their movement and beliefs — is eye-opening, to say the least.

Lind’s video does a great job diagnosing the problem. And where there is a diagnosis, a remedy can be found.

(Video is 29:16 long. Click video to play)



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