Political correctness

Orwell’s America

Featured image Scott has written this morning of Amazon’s erratic censorship of Alex Berenson’s contrarian work on COVID, as well as his own reviews, but this is just one instance of a leftist censoriousness and authoritarianism that is accelerating. Let’s continue with COVID authoritarianism, with these headlines: NYC Will Have Covid Checkpoints at Key Bridges and Crossings New York City will have vehicle checkpoints at key bridges and crossings, and will strictly »

Is Tony La Russa woke enough to manage the White Sox? [UPDATED]

Featured image When the Chicago White Sox named Tony La Russa as their manager last month, it seemed like a good hire. Only two managers in baseball history have won more games than La Russa, and Connie Mack and John McGraw were not available for hire. La Russa, a member of the Hall of Fame, has managed three teams — the White Sox, the Oakland Athletics, and the St. Louis Cardinals. All »

Weimar America?

Featured image For those of you who haven’t listened to our latest “Three Whisky Happy Hour” podcast where “Lucretia” and I ponder Bari Weiss’s Tablet article “Stop Being Shocked,” we summarized and extended her case that the post-liberal progressivism now clearly ascendant in the Democratic Party represents an existential threat not just to Jews, but eventually to everyone who dissents from woke-progressive-social justice orthodoxy. This in turn sent me back to Leo »

Speech police alert: Judge Barrett said “sexual preference.” But so did Biden and Ginsburg [UPDATED]

Featured image Yesterday, Sen. Mazie Hirono (Moron-Hawaii) chastised Judge Amy Coney Barrett for using the term “sexual preference.” Judge Barrett uttered these words while discussing Justice Scalia’s dissent in the case that legalized same-sex marriage. Hirono intoned: Not once, but twice you used the term “sexual preference” to describe those in the LGBTQ community. And let me make clear, “sexual preference” is an offensive and outdated term. It is used by the »

University of Pittsburgh Hits Rock Bottom

Featured image “Liberal education,” Leo Strauss reminds us in Liberalism Ancient and Modern, “is not the opposite of conservative education, but of illiberal education.” Illiberal education is that which imposes and enforces an orthodoxy, whereas genuine liberal education necessarily involves an openness to and consideration of a wide spectrum of different and often conflicting points of view. Liberal education in this sense has been dying at universities for decades now, but nowhere »

Is Leftism an Actual Clinical Psychosis?

Featured image Watching the literally insane behavior on display in places like Portland and Seattle has prompted a lot of observers to suggest that many of the Antifa mobs suffer from mental illness. This is a thesis we talked about here back in April in “Does Liberalism Cause Mental Illness?“, in which I passed along some of the survey data Zach Goldberg at Georgia State had turned up and analyzed. One of »

Trader Joe’s Mans the Ramparts After All

Featured image We noted in one of our Crazy Chronicles recently that Trader Joe’s was said to be following Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben in expunging product names (like “Trader Giotto” and “Trader Jose”) that someone—it turned out to be some hopped-up 17 year old kid—found offensive. Trader Joe’s has corrected the record with this announcement: A Note About Our Product Naming In light of recent feedback and attention we’ve received about »

Wall Street Journal editors resist the cancel culture

Featured image Hundreds of woke employees at the Wall Street Journal signed a letter to the paper’s publisher complaining about the Journal’s op-ed page. The employees protested what they claim is the spread of “misinformation” in the Journal’s opinion section. One of the complaints focused on the publication of a column by Heather Mac Donald. The letter noted that “employees of color publicly spoke out about the pain [Mac Donald’s] Opinion piece »

Lamest Nickname In Sports History [with comment by Paul]

Featured image For the 2020-21 season, the Washington Redskins will be called the Washington Football Team. This is actually not a joke: The Washington football team will simply compete as the Washington Football Team for the upcoming season, sources informed NBC Sports Washington on Thursday. That decision allows the organization to continue to work towards a new name and gather input from fans, alumni as well as figure out a plan to »

An Orwellian nightmare for pollsters

Featured image In a post earlier today, Steve discussed a poll that finds 62 percent of Americans saying they have political opinions they are afraid to share out of fear of giving offense or losing their jobs. This finding raises potential problems for pollsters. I say “potential” because we don’t know whether, or to what extent, the fear of expressing political opinions extends to conversations with pollsters. No one risks losing a »

Our Orwellian Nightmare Come True

Featured image The Cato Institute has released a poll on self-censorship conducted by the highly respected YouGov survey unit that finds 62 percent of Americans say they have political opinions they are afraid to speak because they fear giving offense or losing their jobs. Moreover, as the reports notes, this represents an increase from the last such poll taken in 2017: “The share of Americans who self‐​censor has risen several points since 2017 »

Did Red Bull Call Bull?

Featured image For weeks now sensible people have been asking, “When is some responsible adult going to stand up to the wokerati?” Well, it appears the folks who make Red Bull may have done so. The Wall Street Journal reported a few days that the European-owned Red Bull dismissed several of its top U.S. executives over “tensions” about “diversity and inclusion.” The maker of Red Bull energy drinks has replaced its top »

The Smithsonian Has Lost Its Mind

Featured image When it comes to wokeness, it’s one thing for academia to go nuts (they’re already 98 percent there), and worrisome that corporate America has rolled over so easily for the latest racial shakedowns. But the Smithsonian Institution? The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture has posted up a guide to “Whiteness” that is straight out of a drunken faculty meeting. As the old saying goes, you have to »

Chronicles of the Crazy Time (15)

Featured image • Okay, it was inevitable that the Washington R——- would eventually knuckle under to the  Grossly Indignant Virtue-Engorged Angry Committee for Renaming Absolutely and Perpetually (GIVE-A-CRAP), but the . . . Texas Rangers? Yes, says a Washington Post columnist: The Texas Rangers Team Name Must Go As the Washington football team finally gives up its racist slur of a name, there is one major sports team that has avoided the »

Hail to the [Washington football team]

Featured image It looks like the wave of wokeness will cause the Washington Redskins finally to change their name. Owner Daniel Snyder says the team is undertaking a thorough review of the team’s name. It would be mighty surprising if the review concluded that “Redskins” is fine. Has Snyder had a genuine change of heart about the team name? Of course not. He’s simply come under intense pressure from corporate America. Notably, »

Rename Princeton now

Featured image Princeton has dropped Woodrow Wilson’s name from its school of public policy due to the racism of the 28th U.S. president. However, Princeton hasn’t come to grips with a more fundamental problem — the name of the college itself. A woke graduate informs us that Princeton, both the town and the school, takes its name from King William III, the Prince of Orange. The famous Nassau Hall, which is still »

No Chiefs In Duluth

Featured image Today’s nominee for Stupid Moments In Political Correctness: the City of Duluth has banned the word “chief.” City leaders are making a push to remove the word “chief” from job titles, calling the term offensive to indigenous people. At a news conference Wednesday, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson implored City Council members to vote to approve the change next week “so that we have more inclusive leadership and less language that »