Political Correctness Serves the Ruling Elite

The Ruling Elites loves political correctness, for it serves the Elite so well. What is political correctnessPolitical 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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8 Responses to Political Correctness Serves the Ruling Elite

  1. Dismayed says:

    It is myopic of you to attribute empty gestures only to progressives. Conservatives are just as guilty in fixating on empty gestures such as standing for the national anthem, and then condemning those who exercise their constitutional right of free speech by taking a knee during the anthem.

    • Hellprin_fan says:

      I think the putatively “progressive” PC culture is even more damaging than the rank BS from “conservatives”. Anything that helps shield vampire capitalists from serious examination leaves actual progressives dispirited and frustrated, and the entire populace (minus elites) in even worse shape.

      It’s no wonder to me that Democrats are failing so badly. The same voters who absolutely hate Republicans, often also despise Democratic politicians.

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      • Dismayed says:

        So conservatives who examine nothing and reflexively engage in hollow tributes to a cartoon version of the US are less damaging? I don’t buy it. There are problems on both sides of the aisle.

      • collette.robert@yahoo.com says:

        Which shows the level of control over both parties (“not a dimes worth of difference betwen them”–Truman) and the general quality of our politicians.

    • Shiggity says:

      He uses “Progressives” pretty clearly to make the point that they are fake progressives, only acting.

      This defines the corporate Democrats, talk the social progressive game while you hammer average families with hyper neocon economic policy.

      You *cannot* be socially progressive and economically conservative, that is an oxymoron.

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  2. collette.robert@yahoo.com says:

    “Progressive” has been made a pejorative by the same people who defined “liberal” for us. We should be able to discuss issues instead of labels.

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