Definitions

1) Political Correctness

We could argue all day about the definition of political correctness - if you feel like doing that then click here for an authoritative discussion of the point by freedefinition.com. For the practical purposes of this site, the term political correctness includes:

1) Doing the reverse of what common sense would suggest
2) Inconveniencing the innocent while making life easier for the wrong do-er
3) Not telling the truth in case it offends
4) Changing the language where you perceive it may offend
5) Doing exactly the opposite of what you preach
6) What you do has the effect of making the problem you were trying to cure far worse
7) Doing ridiculous things just for a political reason
8) Favouring a minority just for a political reason

The PC Brigade would obviously have other terms for these but let us stick to the practical effects of their actions not their perceived ones.

Another definition I quite like is this one. It won the 2007 annual contest at Texas A&M University calling for the most appropriate definition of a contemporary term.

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical, liberal minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”

2) The PC Brigade

So who are they? Here are some comments I have read or been given:-

Any hand-wringing moral guardians, such people as "airy fairy libertarians". "The Liberati" - a "self-appointed" elite. Almost certainly a Metropolitan one. They are also "liberal", in the broadest sense, perhaps the same "woolly-minded Hampstead Liberals" Or perhaps they are the "yoghurt-eating, muesli-eating, Guardian-reading fraternity", Labour MP Kevin Hughes referred to in the same year? By contrast the Hampstead liberals of political folkore are more generally portrayed as the fair-trade coffee-sipping, dinner-party attending middle classes. The handwringing members of organisations such as Liberty. Those that would sometimes seem to put the rights of the criminal above those of the wider community. (Oh, to live in a Liberati world, where there are no terrorists (was 9/11 a quantum spontaneous event?), all criminals are innocent (they fail to explain who does commit the crimes that occur), and the nearest they get to conflict is fighting with another 4x4 for that last bit of pavement to park on when dropping their mini-Liberati off at school. Wake up to the real world!!! )

The human rights mafia and all those self appointed guardians who think they know better than the rest of us poor, law abiding, tax payers who pay for it all.

You may not be able to describe one easily but you know one when you hear one. Obsessed with social issues and 'poor' people, forever worrying about Aids, smacking kids, discrimination against whatever, criminalising youth by punishing them and being politically correct. Oh, and anti Iraq war. Is that enough?

As I understand the word, the Liberati are typically a naive, limp-wristed bunch of hypocrites (and yes, usually TimeOut/Guardian-reading, Birkenstock-wearing well-off corporate types) who are obsessed with being seen as 'right on' and compassionate. Yet when push will come to shove in an increasingly dangerous world and action is needed to protect us, you can guarantee the Liberati will be safe and warm, cowering inside their Islington townhouses. I don't agree with everything Blunkett or the government does by any means, but nor do I want to live in a society where lax laws and double-standards favour the criminal over the victim, or the extremist over the moderate.

The Liberati are a group of political elite who think they are more intelligent and sit above the people and have the right to shape our lives - well they don't. Most of them live in safe middle class areas where their liberal views don't catch up with them - they are hyprocrites with a capital H - wake up, smell the coffee and live with the rest of us in the real world where the legacy of liberal polices blight day to day life.

The Liberati are the cartoon, extreme liberals, and are, in their own way, no less blinkered than the neocons they hate. They have a fondness for pursuing the lofty principle over the practical, however ludicrous that may be, have patronsingly idealised views of the working classes (despite usually being wealthy), and always take the moral highground. They hate Americans and their arguments seldolm hold water. Sadly, this, and their general bearing, tends to undermine the arguments of the more moderate liberal-types.

And my personal favourite: The liberati are just people who haven't been mugged yet ......

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