Man writing doctoral thesis on sensitive subject
Some doctoral theses elicit a yawn and collect dust, but the thesis Andy Hopkins is working on may elicit sparks among those who value politically correctness.
Hopkins is the son of Gwen Bartsch, who has a home at Lake Mexia and is an active member of the Mexia Lions Club. He spent 21 years in the Army, specializing as a Korean linguist, cryptographer and military intelligence officer. Now retired from the Army, Hopkins works at Waco’s L3 Technologies, which provides security for military and commercial customers around the world. Hopkins already had an MBA and decided to pursue a doctorate. His thesis is on political correctness and its corrosive effects on people’s lives, freedom and national security.
The United States has a history of embracing free speech, he noted, but as political correctness has grown in strength, free speech has suffered, and Americans now have to be fearful of what they say, write and think.
“We have to be afraid of using the wrong word; a word denounced as offensive or insensitive, racist, sexist or homophobic,” he said. “We’ve seen other countries, particularly in this century, where this has been the case … but we now have this situation in our country; and if you do any research in political correctness and where it comes from, your eyes will be opened.”
Hopkins calls political correctness “the greatest disease of our century, a disease that has left tens of millions of people dead in Europe, Russia and China, and indeed around the world. It is the disease of ideology; it has permeated our culture and media, and even influenced our scientific endeavors.”
What political correctness really is
Hopkins’ thesis describes political correctness as a cultural version of economic Marxism. To prove his point, Hopkins drew parallels between the basic tenets of political correctness and classic Marxism. First, both are totalitarian ideologies, he said, which is demonstrated by the absolute intolerance for non-PC speech and behavior on college campuses.
Second, they both have a single-factor explanation of history. Economic Marxism says that all history is determined by ownership of the means of production. Political correctness says that all history is determined by the power that some groups, defined in terms of race, background, gender or other parameters, have over other groups – and that nothing else matters.
Third, just as economic Marxism idolizes certain groups and demonizes others, e.g. workers versus companies, so PC favors certain groups and demonizes others.
Fourth, both economic Marxism and political correctness rely on what’s called expropriation, he said, which is a form of discrimination against disfavored groups. So when the classical Marxists, the Communists, took over a country like Russia, they got rid of the middle class and took all their property away from them. Similarly, when the politically correct crowd takes over a university campus, for example, they deny the rights of the disfavored groups.
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