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13 July 2007



Great post, Barnaby. my friends and I have been constantly debating this one.

One of the things people think about when they associate with the phrase 'political correctness gone mad', are regarding discriminations of the following order:

i. Widely held cultural traditions (e.g. Christmas), being abandoned for the partiality it has

ii. The decline of 'Englishness' (but not, say, 'Scottishness' over a broad 'Britishness'.

iii. Disability (as this is such a wide term, which encompasses severe mobility/cognitive impairments to merely mild ones - like Dyslexia/Dyspraxia).

As individuals who believe in the old Enlightenment ideals of the emancipation of tradition towards rationally derived values and methods/procedure, how are we to come to terms with this quandry today; that of discrimination; for the enlightenment fathers are certainly not indiscriminate. Kant is infamous for his 'hierarchy of races', and Hume for his negative view of Africans.

This firstly seemed like an open-close case, but, because there are so many ways to discriminate people (mental illness, cultural deviance - [such as the 'Chav' archetype], political orientation &c...), some forms of discrimination are seemingly acceptable. This attitude that impartiality is trivially true is dangerous.

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