Again, I post this quote from Theodore Dalrymple:
Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.
In the last month we have seen these two point made by the Progressives on TV and in the Biden administration.
On one hand:
Law abiding citizen who have gone through background checks cannot be loved to own certain semiautomatic rifles or magazines that hold more than ten rounds. The police should be sent to take those weapons from people who have committed no crimes with them. Implied in this is that if those people resist disarmament, the police can and should use force – possibly lethal force – to take those weapons because they claim it will save lives from gun violence.
On the other hand:
Police should not use force, especially lethal force, to stop an assailant from injuring or killing a person with a knife before their (the police officers’) very eyes. A potentially fatal stabbing is a “school yard knife fight” which doesn’t require violent police intervention. The cop who uses lethal force to prevent a murder with a knife is the bad guy in the situation.
It is impossible for a logical and rational human being to hold these two ideas in their head simultaneously.
The people espousing these ideas know that. The point is to break you down and humiliate you to the point where you have so abandoned rational thought and critical thinking that you can blindly accept these ideas without discomfort.
These is the crime prevention equivalent of 2+2=5.