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Occasional Observation #54

Just as patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel, political correctness is the last refuge of the charlatan and the dunce. It gelds language, suffocates vigorous inquiry, and makes honest evaluation of the past virtually impossible. As if all that were not enough, it lacks all sense of proportion, banishing poor kindly old Dr. Seuss from the literary pale for offenses that are trivial even by today’s standards, but pointedly ignoring both Rudyard Kipling’s racist imperialism and the ongoing racist assaults being directed daily against Black and Indigenous people and members of other minority groups.

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