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August 13, 2000
On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, Book Review wondered how the literature of conscience--a literature that includes such authors as Charles Dickens and Upton Sinclair, Honore Balzac and Emile Zola, to name only a few--has blossomed (or not) in our own time. We asked a number of writers to consider the following questions: Which novel (or novels) prompted (or deepened) your own political awakening? How old were you when you read it and what effect did it have upon you?
January 12, 1992
All this drumbeating about the threat of political correctness is political crap. Pristin offers "Bonfire of the Vanities" as evidence of the "disastrous consequences" of too much racial sensitivity. What's next, blaming the savings-and-loan crisis on Ralph Nader? The PC controversy started as a clever linguistic manipulation by conservative pundits to further tilt debate in their favor. Now labeling people PC is a popular '90s sport, even though it's based on a '50s concept. (Back then the buzzwords were red or pinko , and the initials were reversed to CP for Communist Party.
March 10, 2002 | Sandy Banks
It is one of those phrases we throw around reflexively, convinced that we share with our fellow citizens a collective notion of what it means. But every now and then a debate emerges on radio talk shows, in the workplace, in news stories or magazines. What does "politically correct" mean to us these days? Is political correctness an outlook, a set of values, a political ideology?
January 11, 2003
Thomas Bonk closed his Jan. 9 article on the PGA Tour by noting, "It won't go away, mainly because the two people at opposite ends of the issue won't let it. Martha Burk ... has called for protests ... and Hootie Johnson ... isn't budging on inviting a woman to be a member." On the same day in a second golf-related article, Bonk devotes, by my count, six out of 16 paragraphs to comments relating to the very same "issue." It is painfully apparent that, in reality, this issue continues to persist ad nauseam, not because of Ms. Burk and Mr. Johnson, but because there are so many champions of misguided political correctness within the media, such as Mr. Bonk.
August 19, 1997
Laura Ingraham ("I'll Be Back--for a Group Hug," Commentary, Aug. 13) could have written a lighthearted column on Hollywood's subversion of masculinity as she perceives it. What is laughable, although for all the wrong reasons, is her gratuitous attack on President and Mrs. Clinton, which involves guilt by association over Harrison Ford's earring. Having criticized the current fashion in male jewelry as "politically correct," she takes a further, more illogical leap in order to launch a mean-spirited assault on Buddhists, meditators and vegetarians, as if they were somehow responsible for the bashing of "traditional masculinity."
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