Friday, September 22, 2017

The PC Circular Firing Squad: Frances Lee: "Excommunicate Me From The Church Of Social Justice"

I'm not all that enthusiastic about this sort of argument...but it really is important.
   I'm interested in the fact that PC is wrong--not so much in the fact that it's unsustainable. I say go for the important objections, not the cheap, fast, effective ones. You go for the cheap refutation, you miss the real point. Also (this is the very kind of argument I don't care about...) you are subject to work-around defenses: Somebody dedicated to PC/SJW-ism can reason: What's really important is figuring out a way to avoid this SJW-on-SJW viciousness... When what's really really important is not being an SJW in the first place...
(Though I'm more inclined than I used to be to think that these things may not be entirely separable in fact. Possibly the fact that PC is unstable, plagued by ceaseless internecine war, is some kind of indicator that it's wrong. I dunno.)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Though I'm more inclined than I used to be to think that these things may not be entirely separable in fact. Possibly the fact that PC is unstable, plagued by ceaseless internecine war, is some kind of indicator that it's wrong. I dunno."

I think there is a very good case that cultural value is basically equivalent to survivability. Chartres Cathedral is superior to a Gehry building because it has remained astonishingly beautiful for a millennium, while the Gehry will be an odd eyesore in a few decades. And in a less aesthetic sense, progress isn't actually revolution it is sustained improvements upon the achievements of the past. Think Einstein building on Mach, or the American system building on English common law. Survival is necessary to growth in that understanding. Revolutions come when a system becomes arthritic and senile, like late Rome, where dead limbs in the system impede any possibility of natural growth. They are usually very bad times.

(Of course, the Left sees things in complete opposite terms, which is why countries genuinely controlled by the Left end up like Russia.)

But of course, these people are not making a point nearly this subtle. They are just trying to say that SJWs are frustrating and making them look bad, so they should just stop. This sort of subanalysis is why we are dealing with PC 2.0 instead of keeping it in the grave where it belongs.

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