December 24, 2011 Leave a comment
Talking Points Memo has a list of 10 Shocking Quotes From Ron Paul’s Newsletter. Number 10 caught my eye:
10. “It turns out that the brilliant [Bobby Fischer], who has all the makings of an American hero, is very politically incorrect on Jewish questions, for which he will never be forgiven, even though he is a Jew. Thus we are not supposed to herald him as the world’s greatest chess player.” -November 1992, background on Fischer’s “politically incorrect” views (which include Holocaust denial) here.
It’s about time that we recognize that the term “politically correct” is Orwellian, in that it almost always used by people who have a very limited view of what constitutes acceptable political dialogue and who want to stifle speech. In this case, the newsletter didn’t want the question of Fischer’s Holocaust denial or similar statements to be raised. They weren’t trying to broaden the discussion, but to head off criticism at the pass.