Political Correctness Serves Only The Ruling Elite

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

No wonder the Ruling Elites loves political correctness: all those furiously signaling their virtue are zero threat to the asymmetric plunder of the status quo.

The Ruling Elites loves political correctness, for it serves the Elite so well. What is political correctness? Political correctness is the public pressure to conform to "progressive" speech acts by uttering the expected code words and phrases in public.

Note that no actual action is required. This is why the Ruling Elite loves political correctness: conformity is so cheap. All a functionary of the Ruling Elite need do is utter the code words ("hope and change," "we honor diversity," "thank you for your service," etc.) and they get a free pass to continue their pillaging.

Those placated by politically correct utterances accept symbolic speech acts as substitutes for real changes in the power structure. This glorification of symbolic gestures--virtue signaling via social media, the parroting of progressive phrases, etc.--is as cheap as the mouthing of PC platitudes. Everybody gets to feel validated and respected at no cost to anyone: the progressives feel smugly superior because the Ruling Elite now feels compelled to parrot "progressive" speech acts in public, and the Ruling Elite is free to pillage without any demands for a radical restructuring of the incentives and distribution of the nation's wealth and income.

The rise of "progressive" speech acts and political correctness parallels the decline of the fortunes and incomes of the bottom 90%. While the "progressives" focus on cheap symbolism, the laboring classes are being gutted by the centralized financialization that rewards the few at the expense of the many.

Here's median family financial assets: back to the levels of 1995:

Here's civilian participation in the work force--back to the levels of 1975:

Here's the percentage of income going to the top 1% and the bottom 50%:

So while the "progressives" focus exclusively on their own ineffectual virtue-signaling and the empty "victories" of Ruling Elites mouthing the acceptable code words, our economy, society and the social contract are being shredded. No wonder the corporate media promotes empty gestures, virtue signaling and political correctness: all that phony compliance leaves the current wealth-power structure unchanged, and the Ruling Elite firmly in charge of the economy and governance.

No wonder the Ruling Elite loves political correctness: all those furiously signaling their virtue are zero threat to the asymmetric plunder of the status quo.

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nuerocaster FlKeysFisherman Sat, 02/03/2018 - 00:33 Permalink

Is there any organized activity that doesn't have a social control aspect?

But what about the deep abiding hatred allegedly hidden by a fig leaf of convoluted theorizing and rationalization?

I say alleged because no one is fooled. Gutless weenies.

How sensitive is a woman to the animus and aggression of another woman? But make it an organized gang and everything changes.

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Captain Nemo d… Fri, 02/02/2018 - 17:19 Permalink

It's not just the liberals. Blaming them for everything is the "other" option that angry sheeple have been provided to keep the show going. Did the Democrats introduce and approve all the "patriotic" regulations that have enabled the deep state to expand and grow in the first place?

DipshitMiddleC… Fri, 02/02/2018 - 17:24 Permalink

all social issues are weaponized by the (((elites))) as they swindle the wealth of this country into their own coffers 

 

sooner or later when the masses of millenials start hitting their mid 30s and early 40s and are still living at home with no job prospects (if they havent killed themselves by then) will we see some changes in our society.

 

I am predicting that alot of jews, myself included will be moving to Israel and alot of other non-whites are going to get slaughtered by the angry white european goy.

 

 

Endgame Napoleon DipshitMiddleC… Fri, 02/02/2018 - 18:27 Permalink

Most of the Gen Xers have been equally destroyed by the economy of the last 30 years, but people seem more worried about the impact of the same economic forces on Millennials because of the size of their generation, but also due to their in-the-streets political activism. Of course, those are mostly the leftists, and you see how the Occupy kids went from camping out in a big-city park for months, to getting peppered sprayed on campus, to suing for big money due to being peppered sprayed. It is not those frenetic virtue signalers — the publicity-hungry revolutionary guard with high SAT scores and iPhones — that you really need to worry about. They scurry over to the comfort zone pretty quickly when the Big Chill of middle age sets in. It is the working men, not just the white men, either, who have been totally hammered in this corrupt system in very demeaning ways, not that non-welfare-eligible, non-womb-productive women in low-paying, female-dominated jobs have it any easier. But men with 40 years of falling wages have a damned good reason to be angry, with elites helping to increase all the trends that shut them out of the middle class—from offshoring production, to making men more expendable to the mothers of their children through the fake-womb-based-feminist-welfare racket, to supplying employers with a never-ending deluge of illegal immigrant labor, armed with welfare and child tax credits, making it easy for them to undercut male citizens in jobs. Uniparty elites support paying the main household bills of the womb-productive women, setting them up in independent households, and showering them with multiple layers of other welfare and tax welfare, as long as they work part time to stay below the earned-income limit for welfare, which keeps wages low for women who do not get that pay-per-birth welfare, making this economy twice as brutal for childless, single women. But sure, males are much more likely to revolt. It is just human nature—something liberals try to deny. But it is totally irrational to blame the Jews — 1% of the US population — although people do seem to turn to that historical blame-game, assuming these are not troll posts. Some of the anti-Semitic posts on the internet appear a bit over-the-top, as if designed by trolls to drum up a reaction. You never know on the internet. The Jews are often a convenient scapegoat, though, because they are a permanent minority in all countries except Israel. It is one reason why I support Israel’s right to exist, regardless of what people say about it—that and the fact that they are the only stable democracy in the ME. Most of the identity politics bellyaching seems more suspect to me at this point in history. First of all, other minority groups may be minorities here in the USA, but not worldwide, and there has been a ton of making up for slavery via 30 years of affirmative action, hiring preferences, scholarship preferences and a disproportionate allocation of welfare on a percent basis. Ann Coulter is right when pointing out the fallacy of other minority groups, like Hispanics, claiming to be discriminated against and demanding the same kind of advantages the descendants of slaves were given to make up for the enslavement of ancestors. We did not do anything, historically, to these groups, not anymore than they did to groups of Americans over time. And they are not minorites worldwide. Hispanics, Asians, etc. dominate whole continents. I do see the point that Jews — a minority worldwide — need a safe harbor, like Israel, especially due to the Holocaust.  

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TheFQ Fri, 02/02/2018 - 17:26 Permalink

How much more proof does anyone need that those in control of the central banking system have been waging an undeclared, systematic war on the human race for several hundred years?  FFS...

serotonindumptruck Fri, 02/02/2018 - 17:29 Permalink

The establishment authoritarians would prefer that we remain frightened and terrified to express our true thoughts in any public forum.

As Ron Paul says, "Truth is Treason in an Empire of lies."

Many of us have concluded that if we verbally convey our true thoughts in public, then we risk potentially violent confrontations and unwanted interactions with law enforcement.

Alas, we are all condemned to a life as "keyboard warriors", because most people don't want to hear our honest opinions, and would prefer that we are violently assaulted and thrown into a cage for disorderly conduct.

 

CRM114 Fri, 02/02/2018 - 17:41 Permalink

PC is only a symptom.

Any oligarchy tends to promote solely by loyalty. The regime persists only if the actual producers and defenders accept their lowered status and keep working.

We haven't. We're leaving.

That's why productivity is thru the floor. It's why bridges and dams keep falling apart. It's why every major western nation is short of combat arm sailors, soldiers and airmen. It's why no-one can find a decent physics or math teacher for love nor money.

Same with any empire; read Gibbon.

The game is up. It's just a question of when. Of what the trigger is.

 

And by the way, it's not automation that is eating middle class jobs. Automation is currently only capable of assisting middle class operatives. By replacing them instead, bosses have saved money but drastically dropped the actual level of service. Naturally, the stats have been gathered to cover this up, but that's part of the reason productivity keeps dropping.

Endgame Napoleon CRM114 Fri, 02/02/2018 - 18:55 Permalink

Interesting. I see what you mean, in that 50 million working-aged citizens are out of the workforce. Because, hard work and production, like generating and retaining more accounts than most of your colleagues simply does...not....pay. Or, it is rewarded [only] for a few managers, not all of whom work hard. Some are as absentee as their frequently absentee crony-mom workforce that can accept low pay, in consolation for libertine amounts of excused absenteeism, as a result of their 1) spousal income, 2) child support that covers rent or 3) layers of monthly welfare that covers rent & groceries and child tax credits that topped out at $6444 — 1/3rd of the per capita income in many states — before doubled by The Swamp. Sex and reproduction out-of-wedlock, in addition to extreme absenteeism and cooing and purring with enthusiasm in the baby-mommy-look-alike-bulletin-board-decorating contest or the Halloween dress-up day, pays off more than hard work and all-day / every-day attendance, even though it is the hard work that conveniences paying customers and generates more paying customers. No one, other than a handful of non-absentee managers, gets rewarded for that. AND, you are often punished for it in the many crony-mom, back-watching cliques, where the managers, too, take off all the time for kids, constantly churning the few employees who keep their numbers up. They wait until after they get their bonus and their 7th babyvacation for the year in, though. Someone has to work, as the crony-mom employees often align their own babyvacations with the manager’s vacations. They are retained for that crappy behavior, whereas the hard workers are churned, usually brutally, with a lot of sudden bullying, right before you are eligible for UC to cover rent between churn jobs. I have never gotten one penny of it, although I have met the quotas in every job I had. We have to pay into that system, unlike with  the womb-based welfare and child-tax-credit welfare that rigs workplaces for employees with unearned income. Sometimes, managers are direct about it in interviews. One told me “the women working here have somethin’ comin’ in”—something coming in from government that makes it easy for them to accept rock-bottom pay. Employers do not care if they are absentee every afternoon and many mornings, days and weeks beyond their pregnancy leave(s) and PTO. As long as they can cut labor costs, they do not care about the quality of service or even, amazingly, account generation, as much as they hype that issue. They seem to regard the overall sales volume as independent of individual sales production, possibly due to internet sales. 

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CRM114 Endgame Napoleon Fri, 02/02/2018 - 20:07 Permalink

Yes.

Many of these employees, especially those working for government, don't actually make a difference. They are doing (or not doing) make-work projects anyway. In fact, if they are administering pointless regulations, failing to enforce them means there is actually less of a drag on the economy.

It is, however, a short/medium term thing. It seems to take between 7-10 years for the gradual departure of good workers to cause a significant effect on efficiency, and after about 20 years any unforeseen circumstance can cause paralysis or collapse, because there just isn't any resiliency left. When things go wrong, the lack of realistic, honest and insightful workers is critical. This can be seen everywhere.

However, the worst thing of all in terms of the lack of reward for the real workers is, once they have sufficient savings, it is actually more economic (and a whole lot more pleasurable) for them to take a smallholding off in the back 40 and simply look after themselves, maybe with some generic part-time job. This is literally the death of civilization. It no longer pays to be specialist labor, which is why cities grew in the first place. One is better off giving up fixing nuclear power stations or flying jet fighters, and instead growing a few crops and fixing one's own roof. But this means the power station engineer is now not paying taxes, and the roofing contractor has one less customer. An inefficient system propped up by ponzi taxation must collapse when the taxation of the productive workers declines, as it is about to do.

Going Galt was all about the top entrepreneurs leaving, but in fact it's the competent middle managers and professionals who are just as, if not more, important.

And don't even think about who's now in charge of the nuclear power station repairs :((

 

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bloofer CRM114 Fri, 02/02/2018 - 21:10 Permalink

Nowadays, I'm not sure that the middle class or even upper-middle class are much better off than a very low-income person who owns a single-wide on an acre of land.

If you have a decent job and a decent income, everybody's hand is in your pocket down to your knees. One of the first things you notice after your retire (or otherwise stop working) is that the overhead cost of having a job is very high: The clothes, the image, the commuter vehicle, the gas for the commute, and the dozens of little extra costs that result from not having enough time to cook for yourself, make your own coffee, change your own spark plugs, cut your own grass, and fix your own plumbing.

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CRM114 bloofer Sat, 02/03/2018 - 05:53 Permalink

I couldn't agree more. My next door neighbor owns a single wide on an acre. Me, I've gone for the 1 1/2 storey on two acres ;)

The overheads of employment are high, but I realised this before I even started work. I spent almost my entire life walking to work, in jobs that didn't require "an image" or expensive clothes. And I've always done those house jobs you list.  Thus, I was able to quit paid employment at age 45.

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juggalo1 Fri, 02/02/2018 - 18:18 Permalink

Everyone is against political correctness, but most people are also against being an asshole.  Political correctness has nothing to do with a range of acceptable topics, except you should consider the context.  GOP has taken to defining being a left-wing asshole as political correctness, which is muddying the waters.

shovelhead Fri, 02/02/2018 - 18:47 Permalink

PC calls for a useless and futile gesture.

Let's all hold hands across America again and pat ourselves on the back for making the world a better place.

Is-Be Fri, 02/02/2018 - 20:19 Permalink

You never mentioned Edward Bearnaise.

Logic only appeals to the prefrontal cortex.

To be persuasive you've gotta hit em in the below the belt, in the lizard brain.

Hence today its all about Feelz. 

Here is an example.

1) I say that the exponential function demands that we decamp to the leGrange points.

Or 

2) https://youtu.be/zBIQCm54dfY

Which one hits hardest, is more memorable?

bloofer Fri, 02/02/2018 - 20:54 Permalink

Political correctness is really the Western version of Mao's Cultural Revolution. All culture, history, values, traditions, and intellection are to be vilified and rooted out. 

Most of the job is already done. Hollywood and the rest of the media have been at it for decades.