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, nor 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 to co-operate with evil, and 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.
Well, that is well said and clearly true and insightful, and even sounds a bit like C. S. Lewis, had he lived to hear the term "political correctness," or even Solzhenitsyn, so I looked a little deeper and found that the quote is from an interview with Dalrymple at Front Page. Intrigued, I went on to the Wikipedia article about Dalrymple, and, curiouser and curioser, he's not an old British Tory (tho he adopted the pseudonym so as to sound like one) but in reality
His father was a Communist businessman of Russian ancestry, while his Jewish mother was born in Germany and came to England as a refugee from the Nazi regime.
So I will now read a bit more of Mr. Dalrymple. I'm suspicious, and rightly so, of ex-communists like David Horowitz, because I wonder just how ex- they are. In Horowitz's case, I suspect he abandoned the left when the left began to get dubious about Zionism and the neocons embraced it fully, rather than for any actual ideological reasons. I'm always afraid of that sort of thing from the converted, but I don't know enough to say yet about Dalrymple. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, though.