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President Bush, delivering commencement address at the University of Michigan yesterday, joined a growing political backlash against the idea that free speech should be subordinated to the civil rights of women and minority members.

The president attacked what he called the “notion of ‘political correctness,’ ” saying it had led to “inquisition,” “censorship” and “bullying” on some college campuses.Maureen Dowd, Baltimore Sun, May 5th 1991

Where does all this stuff that you’ve heard about this morning – the victim feminism, the gay rights movement, the invented statistics, the rewritten history, the lies, the demands, all the rest of it – where does it come from? For the first time in our history, Americans have to be fearful of what they say, of what they write, and of what they think. They have to be afraid of using the wrong word, a word denounced as offensive or insensitive, or racist, sexist, or homophobic.

We have seen other countries, particularly in this century, where this has been the case. And we have always regarded them with a mixture of pity, and to be truthful, some amusement, because it has struck us as so strange that people would allow a situation to develop where they would be afraid of what words they used. But we now have this situation in this country. We have it primarily on college campuses, but it is spreading throughout the whole society. Were does it come from? What is it?

We call it “Political Correctness.” The name originated as something of a joke, literally in a comic strip, and we tend still to think of it as only half-serious. In fact, it’s deadly serious. It is the great disease of our century, the disease that has left tens of millions of people dead in Europe, in Russia, in China, indeed around the world. It is the disease of ideology. PC is not funny. PC is deadly serious.

If we look at it analytically, if we look at it historically, we quickly find out exactly what it is. Political Correctness is cultural Marxism. It is Marxism translated from economic into cultural terms. It is an effort that goes back not to the 1960s and the hippies and the peace movement, but back to World War I. If we compare the basic tenets of Political Correctness with classical Marxism the parallels are very obvious.William Lind, “The Origins of Political Correctness,” Accuracy in Academia, February 2000

To understand Andrew Breitbart’s legacy, you first need to understand what he set out to do. If you happened to encounter him in Los Angeles during the middle of the last decade, when he was transitioning from Matt Drudge’s anonymous No. 2 to building his own web empire, he would happily tell you, in a long, not easy to follow monologue, about the terrible creeping forces of “cultural Marxism.” (To get a taste, here he is talking on the subject at the University of Redlands last September.) As he saw the world, there was still a grand battle raging between capitalism and communism, and the left — the heirs to the Frankfurt School as he constantly reminded people — had manage to twist the entire culture against capitalism. “The left is smart enough to understand that the way to change a political system is through its cultural systems,” he told The New Yorker‘s Rebecca Mead in 2010. “So you look at the conservative movement — working the levers of power, creating think tanks, and trying to get people elected in different places — while the left is taking over Hollywood, the music industry, the churches.”The Atlantic, March 1st 2012

Jordan Peterson tweet the day before the election of Donald Trump

Bari Weiss, an opinion writer and editor at the New York Times, created a stir this week with a long article on a group that calls itself the “Intellectual Dark Web.” The coinage referred to a loose collective of intellectuals and media personalities who believe they are “locked out” of mainstream media, in Weiss’s words, and who are building their own ways to communicate with readers.

The thinkers profiled included the neuroscientist and prominent atheist writer Sam Harris, the podcaster Dave Rubin, and University of Toronto psychologist and Chaos Dragon mavenJordan Peterson.Vox, May 10, 2018

A PasteBin link to a letter under Earnest’s name was posted just after 9 a.m. today to 8chan, the site where a pre-shooting announcement was posted by Brenton Tarrant, the man charged in the Christchurch, New Zealand, mosque shootings. The Earnest letter says he was inspired to start planning the synagogue attack after Tarrant’s mosque attack. Accused Pittsburgh synagogue shooter Robert Bowers is also cited as an inspiration.

The letter states that he was “doing well in nursing school” at California State University, San Marcos, but “what value does my life have compared to the entirety of the European race?” Accusing Jews of “sealing the doom of my race,” the letter adds he’d “rather die in glory or spend the rest of my life in prison than waste away knowing that I did nothing to stop this evil.” Among many anti-Semitic tropes the letter blames Jews for “their role in cultural Marxism,” for “pushing degenerate propaganda in the form of entertainment,” for “their role in feminism which has enslaved women in sin,” and for “promoting race-mixing.”

“As an individual I can only kill so many Jews,” he adds. “My act of defense is not so much about my high score.” He predicts inspiring a white nationalist revolution during which he would be freed from prison “and continue the fight.” He describes himself as a Christian, quoting multiple Bible verses, and “just a normal dude who wanted to have a family, help and heal people, and play piano” but “the Jew has forced our hand, and our response is completely justified.”

In a particularly racist rant, he claims he’s not a terrorist because he’s not an Arab.

Bari Weiss is about to publish a book about how to fight anti-Semitism.

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