This is a well written and interesting article. It also exhibits nicely the absolute collective insanity of the political correctness crowd.
PC is a weird code of slights and avoided slights, and “identity,” and hierarchy, and grievance, and fear, and obfuscation, and obsession with power.
It is the obsession with power which is the most interesting to us. It is I think it is fair to say, pathological. PC is a self eating (and arguably self loathing) snake. It is intellectual sickness justified by collective sickness. And it is a sickness which needs to be challenged and treated more forcefully than it has been.
I include this article because it shows the kind of thinking which passes for thinking these days in some corners. The author of this article is not stupid. He is sharp. But he is wrapped in a cult of thought which is dangerous to a free society. A kind of secular religion.
Below is a window into a truly strange world.
It should also be noted that there is a crony angle to PC too. Political correctness has incubated in universities which live off of taxpayers and off of federal student loans. Makes one wonder if it isn’t just time to really pop the college education bubble.
According to Kenney, the term “safe space” first gets used consistently in the 60s and 70s women’s movement, where safety began to mean distance from men and patriarchal thought and was used to describe “consciousness raising” groups. “Safe space,” she writes, “in the women’s movement, was a means rather than an end and not only a physical space but a space created by the coming together of women searching for community.” Kenney quotes Kathy Sarachild, a founder of the early-70s organization New York Radical Women, on those consciousness-raising groups: “The idea was not to change women, not to make ‘internal’ changes except in the sense of knowing more. It was and is the conditions women face, it’s male supremacy, we want to change.” A safe space was not free of internal disagreement, but it did mean a devotion to a common political project. Those who attempted to undermine the movement—consciously or unconsciously—would be kept outside.
As the identity politics and anti-war radicals of the 60s and 70s were defeated and digested by the system in the past couple of decades left-wing groups have adopted safe space aspirations. With the dream of a grand confrontation between rebels and society fading, anti-capitalists (and anti-globalization anarchists in particular) looked toward “prefigurative” models, in which they tried to embody the changes they wanted to see.
And here is a great video from South Park exploring the concept of “safe space.” (From a slightly different perspective.)