A Reader for the Politically Incorrect

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Overview

Zilbergeld calls attention to the dangers of the politically correct movement while providing specific counterarguments to the claims made by the politically correct across a range of social, educational, and political issues.

Zilbergeld contends that political correctness poses the most important intellectual threat to America at the turn of the century. The issue of political correctness is important because it is a massive and a largely successful attempt to undermine the philosophical underpinnings of Western civilization.

The book analyzes the issue of political correctness in five areas: education, science and the environment, affirmative action and group entitlement, the military, and the culture wars. It also explores the nature and concepts of political correctness, including its philosophical and historical antecedents. In each chapter, the specific issue is addressed with examples of political correct arguments and counterarguments so that the reader can evaluate the issue equitably.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275977634
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

GEORGE ZILBERGELD is Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at Montclair State University.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Political correctness and education 1
1 Taking offense 2
2 Thought reform 101 : the Orwellian implications of today's college orientation 9
3 Why Western history matters 21
4 Where the boys are 26
5 Racism and sexism 38
6 Apologize for being heterosexual 39
7 What is lost with a politically correct education? 40
Ch. 2 The environmental movement : separating science and ideology 51
8 Social dogmas and pseudoscience 53
9 More people, greater wealth, more resources, healthier environment 54
10 Facts versus fears : a review of the greatest unfounded health scares of recent times 65
11 DDT ban is genocidal 83
12 Cars and their enemies 85
Ch. 3 Affirmative action : is it justice or a new prejudice? 99
13 Affirmative action is immoral and dangerous 100
14 White minorities get shafted 102
15 If racial preferences are so unpopular, why are they so prevalent? 104
16 Racial preferences pledge 109
Ch. 4 War and veterans : some questions for civilians 111
17 Tommy 113
18 Arms and the scholar 114
19 A battle hard fought, a victory delayed 116
20 If Kosovo and Afghanistan are just causes, why wasn't Vietnam? 118
21 Men of honor 119
Ch. 5 The culture wars : why should you care? 125
22 Like multiculturalism? : you'll love Yugoslavia 126
23 Life, liberty, property 128
24 Why there is a culture war : Gramsci and Tocqueville in America 135
25 Why the middle class is the key to winning the political correctness war 150
26 The "banality of evil" and the political culture of hatred 155
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