Angelo M. Codevilla has written a brilliant piece, The Rise of Political Correctness. For a few days I have been thinking about how to summarize it and add something to it. I have read it several times and decided I cannot – I cannot summarize it; I cannot add something to it. If the subject of culture and liberty matter to you, it must be read.
Gray North has written an excellent summary; it is still worth reading the original.
Codevilla traces political correctness to its roots – Machiavelli and communism. But it wasn’t Marx’s communism that spawned this evil; it was Antonio Gramsci’s. I have written on this before in the context of libertine-worshipping libertarians; I became aware of the Gramsci connection only because of something I read from Dr. North.
Today’s progressives have gone well beyond Gramsci; Gramsci was only after a replacement. For today’s progressives, having won the cultural war a generation ago isn’t enough; having destroyed traditional western (i.e. Christian) culture isn’t enough. They want more; and after they get more, they will want more.
I keep trying to write something more, cite something from his piece. Each time I try, I fall short. So I will not. I will offer only one cite – an example of the over-reach that Gramsci would not support:
Consider our ruling class’s very latest demand: Americans must agree that someone with a penis can be a woman, while someone else with a vagina can be a man. Complying with such arbitrariness is beyond human capacity.
As Popeye says, “that’s all I can stand, I can’t stands no more.”
OK, one more cite; Codevilla’s, conclusion, not mine (emphasis added):