In this carefully researched, thought-provoking book, Geoffrey Hughes examines the trajectory of political correctness and its impact on public life. Focusing on the historical, semantic, and cultural aspects of political correctness, it will intrigue anyone interested in this ongoing debate. A unique and intriguing journey through the trajectory of political correctness and its impact on public life, focusing on the historical, semantic, and cultural aspects of what PC means Explores the origins, progress, content and style of political correctness, discussing and analyzing around one hundred terms and lexical formations, from Chaucer and Shakespeare, Marlowe and Swift, to nursery rhymes, rap and Spike Lee films, David Mamet, J. M. Coetzee and Philip Larkin Offers a detailed semantic analysis of the way that key words have been exploited both to advance the agendas of political correctness and to refute them
"Thought Prison" explores the ramifications of political correctness on language, and thus thought; its casual denial of logic and insidious reach into the realms of science and learning; its total saturation of its twin supports, the mass media and ruling elites. Once the collectively self-imposed blinkers, of good causes and good intentions, are stripped away we can see the nanny state and moral universe beyond for what it is a catastrophic delusion that is destroying the world we know.Most of us think of political correctness in terms of its scope for irony. It provides opportunity to protect us from a vaguely troubling acceptance of an enforced orthodoxy. We are familiar with the no-go areas defined by PC taboos race, sex (or to be PC, gender), ethnicity, sexual preference, disability, class and indeed of it being an engineered term to suit political and scientific argument. What we may be less able to accept is that PC is something in which we are all complicit."Thought Prison" examines the way we are now, and how the Western world has come to be that way. It reveals an Orwellian dystopia that instead of being characterized by a crude authoritarian elite, is supported and driven by an irrational yet equally totalitarian and all-pervasive status quo of our own making, dominating politics, economics, public administration, law, education, the military, health services our very selves."
The Ultimate Collection of Over 300 Logical Fallacies (Academic Edition)
Author: Bo Bennett
This book is a crash course in effective reasoning, meant to catapult you into a world where you start to see things how they really are, not how you think they are. The focus of this book is on logical fallacies, which loosely defined, are simply errors in reasoning. With the reading of each page, you can make significant improvements in the way you reason and make decisions. Logically Fallacious is one of the most comprehensive collections of logical fallacies with all original examples and easy to understand descriptions, perfect for educators, debaters, or anyone who wants to improve his or her reasoning skills. "Expose an irrational belief, keep a person rational for a day. Expose irrational thinking, keep a person rational for a lifetime." - Bo Bennett This 2017 Edition includes dozens of more logical fallacies, over a hundred cognitive biases, practice lessons, and some common questions and answers.
Lifelong liberal Kirsten Powers blasts the Left's forced march towards conformity in an exposé of the illiberal war on free speech. No longer champions of tolerance and free speech, the "illiberal Left" now viciously attacks and silences anyone with alternative points of view. Powers asks, "What ever happened to free speech in America?"
The Second Edition of How to Debate the Left on Islam was released on the 16th of April, 2017 and has been professionally edited and improved further, so any feedback related to grammar has been addressed and resolved. Reviews "Educate yourself with this nugget of gold and use it as a guide" 5/5- Truth Revolt (USA)"This book opened my eyes WIDE. (...) This book is well-researched and excellent reading. Everyone should read it" 5/5 - D. Krassoff (USA)"Lots of good hard facts here, and critical thinking. (...) These ideas need to come out into the open, more people need to read this book" 5/5- D. Jones (USA)"A must read for anyone wondering how we got to where we are today in our political state" 5/5- Anonymous (Canada)"Awesome book. This knowledge about the dangers of Islam needs to be spread around (...)" 5/5- Wojciech Szenfeld (United Kingdom)"Required reading for all Americans" 5/5Anonymous (USA)"Terrific book, spells out all the problems with Islam today, should be required reading for all non-Westerners and required reading for all Western politicians" 5/5Anonymous (USA)4.71 out of 5 on Goodreads Description Western Civilisation Civilisation is a pact between the dead, the living and the unborn. As a result of political correctness, too many Westerners have forgotten about their responsibility to maintain and defend their cultural heritage, so that their children and grandchildren can live a prosperous, safe and happy life. Political Correctness Political correctness has made otherwise perfectly intelligent Westerners unable to think clearly on important issues. We live in a time-period in which we can have an open and honest discussion about almost anything. Anything, except what may be the most dangerous problem of the 21st century: Islam. This is because political correctness has become a religion, that has a very strong effect on the way in which people have learned to view the world. A reflection of this can also be seen in some of the reviews. The fear of being called a "racist", causes many people to engage in self-censorship and avoid the discussion. Many people feel that things are going in the wrong direction, but then find themselves being called an "Islamophobe" or a "bigot" whenever they try to speak openly about it. Perhaps you have even been called an "racist" or a "bigot" yourself. This book will give you all the information you need to speak out, defend your cultural heritage in a very difficult time-period and open the eyes of your politically correct friends, family-members and colleagues. This book will allow you to Debate the Left on Islam by... providing deep insight into the collective psychology of the politically correct left, so that you can easily expose the inconsistencies and contradictions in their worldview providing deep insight into the doctrine of Islam, the overall Muslim mentality, and the hard facts about the population of Muslims in Europe and the West preparing you with tons of arguments, such as comparisons with historical events and modern-day events providing you with counter-arguments to use against the most common excuses that politically correct individuals bring up in this debate, such as "But what about the Crusades?" providing you with tons of examples of debates, conversations, and talking points so that you know what to say and how to respond Learn how to use your weapons of freedom of expression, freethinking and reason to cut through the politically correct nonsense. Stop engaging in self-censorship and learn How to Debate the Left on Islam.Politically correct leftists don't want you to read this book... but their grandchildren will thank you later!
The author uses anecdotes and quotes to help illustrate his argument that tolerance has gone beyond simply putting up with another's differences and still disagreeing with him or her and instead now has more to do with completely refraining from saying others are wrong, in a book that offers the author's personal Christian perspective on the issue.
Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion
Author: Jonathan Haidt
Presents a groundbreaking investigation into the origins of morality at the core of religion and politics, offering scholarly insight into the motivations behind cultural clashes that are polarizing America.
Stephen Greenblatt—Pulitzer Prize– and National Book Award–winning author of The Swerve and Will in the World—investigates the life of one of humankind’s greatest stories. Bolder, even, than the ambitious books for which Stephen Greenblatt is already renowned, The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve explores the enduring story of humanity’s first parents. Comprising only a few ancient verses, the story of Adam and Eve has served as a mirror in which we seem to glimpse the whole, long history of our fears and desires, as both a hymn to human responsibility and a dark fable about human wretchedness. Tracking the tale into the deep past, Greenblatt uncovers the tremendous theological, artistic, and cultural investment over centuries that made these fictional figures so profoundly resonant in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim worlds and, finally, so very “real” to millions of people even in the present. With the uncanny brilliance he previously brought to his depictions of William Shakespeare and Poggio Bracciolini (the humanist monk who is the protagonist of The Swerve), Greenblatt explores the intensely personal engagement of Augustine, Dürer, and Milton in this mammoth project of collective creation, while he also limns the diversity of the story’s offspring: rich allegory, vicious misogyny, deep moral insight, and some of the greatest triumphs of art and literature. The biblical origin story, Greenblatt argues, is a model for what the humanities still have to offer: not the scientific nature of things, but rather a deep encounter with problems that have gripped our species for as long as we can recall and that continue to fascinate and trouble us today.
Highly controversial when it was first published in 1981, Alasdair MacIntyre's After Virtue has since established itself as a landmark work in contemporary moral philosophy. In this book, MacIntyre sought to address a crisis in moral language that he traced back to a European Enlightenment that had made the formulation of moral principles increasingly difficult. In the search for a way out of this impasse, MacIntyre returns to an earlier strand of ethical thinking, that of Aristotle, who emphasised the importance of 'virtue' to the ethical life. More than thirty years after its original publication, After Virtue remains a work that is impossible to ignore for anyone interested in our understanding of ethics and morality today.
A New York Times 2016 Notable Book Robert Tombs’s momentous The English and Their History is both a startlingly fresh and a uniquely inclusive account of the people who have a claim to be the oldest nation in the world. The English first came into existence as an idea, before they had a common ruler and before the country they lived in even had a name. They have lasted as a recognizable entity ever since, and their defining national institutions can be traced back to the earliest years of their history. The English have come a long way from those first precarious days of invasion and conquest, with many spectacular changes of fortune. Their political, economic and cultural contacts have left traces for good and ill across the world. This book describes their history and its meanings from their beginnings in the monasteries of Northumbria and the wetlands of Wessex to the cosmopolitan energy of today’s England. Robert Tombs draws out important threads running through the story, including participatory government, language, law, religion, the land and the sea, and ever-changing relations with other peoples. Not the least of these connections are the ways the English have understood their own history, have argued about it, forgotten it and yet been shaped by it. These diverse and sometimes conflicting understandings are an inherent part of their identity. Rather to their surprise, as ties within the United Kingdom loosen, the English are suddenly embarking on a new chapter. The English and Their History, the first single-volume work on this scale for more than half a century, and which incorporates a wealth of recent scholarship, presents a challenging modern account of this immense and continuing story, bringing out the strength and resilience of English government, the deep patterns of division and also the persistent capacity to come together in the face of danger.
Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa
Author: Dambisa Moyo
Category: Political Science
Describes the state of postwar development policy in Africa that has channeled billions of dollars in aid but failed to either reduce poverty or increase growth, offering a hopeful vision of how to address the problem.
"Titanic Britain: 50 Years of the Left-Wing Liberal Iceberg" is an enlightened and satirical analysis of how half-a-century of left-wing Liberal ideology, propaganda and policies have transformed Britain from what was once a great nation into a quivering shadow of its former self. Often humorous, politically-incorrect and always on-the-edge the author, a successful businessman and landlord, challenges Liberal ideologies which have spread throughout British and American societies over recent decades, on many aspects of their disastrous interference in areas where they have no business to be. From Liberal's softly-softly approach to crime, their appeasement of Islam the Religion of Peace and the strange idea that there is any real poverty whatsoever in Britain and other western-style civilised societies, nothing is too sacred to avoid his wrath. He redefines the word "poverty" so it can be applied equally and genuinely anywhere in the world and makes terms such as "relative poverty" and "the unequal excluded" completely obsolete. Critical of the Militant LBGT and Trans Brigade and annoyed with the "poor", who have been appropriating tax-payers money with Government complicity for generations. He is also cross with councils and local authorities who wilfully ignore the diabolical state of our roads in order to squander money on their own left-wing projects and he's not too keen on Islam either. Some Muslims won't like it, the bone-idle "poor" won't like it, Militant gays won't like it, the polytechnics masquerading as universities won't like it and nor will their left-wing students, who will have to cover their eyes and ears and hide away in their "safe spaces". Most of all, their Liberal apologists won't like it, they won't like it at all, which is why the vast majority of normal, intelligent people in Britain and other western-style societies should read it. Many Americans, Canadians and Australians will be amazed when they read about a side of Britain they rarely get to hear of and the shocking ideology which Liberalism inflicts upon the population here, as well as in their own countries. Using Britain as an example the author cuts through all the Liberal mealy-mouthed excuses and distraction techniques, to reveal the extensive problems we now face in western societies, and proposes radical solutions which must be undertaken by our governments and others in order to restore our societies to their former glory. Racialism, poverty, homophobia, transphobia and Islamophobia all come under the spotlight and are subject to his analytical mind and keen wit. Anyone who is sick to death of being told what to think and say by left-wing Liberals will love it including Conservatives, UKIP supporters, Leave EU voters, Republicans and Christians, in fact people of all races and religions. This is a book for everyone, except left-wing Liberals and Militant Remaniacs, who should only read it in their "safe space".
Beginning with an analysis of cultural themes and ending with a discussion of evolving and expanding political and corporate institutions, The Columbia History of Post-World War II America addresses changes in America's response to the outside world; the merging of psychological states and social patterns in memorial culture, scandal culture, and consumer culture; the intersection of social practices and governmental policies; the effect of technological change on society and politics; and the intersection of changing belief systems and technological development, among other issues. Many had feared that Orwellian institutions would crush the individual in the postwar era, but a major theme of this book is the persistence of individuality and diversity. Trends toward institutional bigness and standardization have coexisted with and sometimes have given rise to a countervailing pattern of individualized expression and consumption. Today Americans are exposed to more kinds of images and music, choose from an infinite variety of products, and have a wide range of options in terms of social and sexual arrangements. In short, they enjoy more ways to express their individuality despite the ascendancy of immense global corporations, and this volume imaginatively explores every facet of this unique American experience.
The God Delusion caused a sensation when it was published in 2006. Within weeks it became the most hotly debated topic, with Dawkins himself branded as either saint or sinner for presenting his hard-hitting, impassioned rebuttal of religion of all types. His argument could hardly be more topical. While Europe is becoming increasingly secularized, the rise of religious fundamentalism, whether in the Middle East or Middle America, is dramatically and dangerously dividing opinion around the world. In America, and elsewhere, a vigorous dispute between 'intelligent design' and Darwinism is seriously undermining and restricting the teaching of science. In many countries religious dogma from medieval times still serves to abuse basic human rights such as women's and gay rights. And all from a belief in a God whose existence lacks evidence of any kind. Dawkins attacks God in all his forms. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry and abuses children. The God Delusion is a brilliantly argued, fascinating polemic that will be required reading for anyone interested in this most emotional and important subject.