In 2020, culture warriors need to call for a ceasefire

by Rashmee

Posted on January 1, 2020 / The National


Will this be the year that political correctness undergoes a course-correction? All the signs point to a rising enthusiasm for subversive expression against social liberalism. The revolt is against perceived censoriousness and complacent self-righteousness in speech, public policy, political choices and even stand-up comedy. Consider this. On December 26, the BBC’s flagship domestic radio show, … Continue reading “In 2020, culture warriors need to call for a ceasefire”

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We’re in the middle of a global extended day of rage against political correctness

by Rashmee

Posted on June 22, 2016


Are we nearing high noon of the global extended day of rage against political correctness? In the past few years, politics in Europe and in the United States has generally seemed uglier and meaner. Far-right and anti-immigration parties with their ugly brutish rhetoric are gaining strength in Poland, Hungary, Austria, France, and Germany. Knuckle-duster commentary … Continue reading “We’re in the middle of a global extended day of rage against political correctness”

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Right and wrong. Does political correctness need to be correctly re-labelled?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 21, 2016


So here’s the question: what might be a suitable name for political correctness? What would properly reflect its inherent civilizing qualities? Re-labelling is urgently needed because of the backlash we’re witnessing after more than two decades of political correctness. This furious rebound is provoking the emergence of an uglier, meaner politics in Europe, the United States and … Continue reading “Right and wrong. Does political correctness need to be correctly re-labelled?”

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Should Rhodes fall? Oxford VC says think critically rather than as censors

by Rashmee

Posted on January 23, 2016


The controversy over Rhodes Must Fall – the campaign to tear down Cecil Rhodes’s statue from Oriel College, Oxford because of his views on other races and colonial domination – is hysterical. Hysterically funny and hysterically out of control. Where do we stop when it comes to sanitizing history? * Pull down Rhodes’s statue. * … Continue reading “Should Rhodes fall? Oxford VC says think critically rather than as censors”

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Outrage is being weaponised. Think Paxman & Titanic row over Belfast

by Rashmee

Posted on June 17, 2015


Outrage is being “weaponized” say Guy Benson and Mary Katherine Ham, whose new book ‘End of Discussion’ discusses the epidemic of indignation over the slightest of perceived offenses. How? Through Twitter and Facebook and social media lynching, which is subsequently picked up by the dead-tree media and television. Remember Jeremy Paxman and the Northern Ireland … Continue reading “Outrage is being weaponised. Think Paxman & Titanic row over Belfast”

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End of discussion: The outrage industry is killing free speech & comedy

by Rashmee

Posted on June 16, 2015


The outrage industry is killing free speech – and comedy. So say Guy Benson and Mary Katharine Ham in their new book, ‘End of Discussion’. Click here and here to read a two-part interview with them in The Washington Post. Both writers are described as leading lights of the “conservative media” but you don’t have … Continue reading “End of discussion: The outrage industry is killing free speech & comedy”

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@JemayelK & end of discussion: Outrage makes for ‘sham of discourse’

by Rashmee

Posted on June 15, 2015


Jemayel Khawaja @JemayelK, managing editor of Thump (from the Vice group) metaphorically shakes his head over the “culture of outrage”. He writes: “On the internet, you are the judge, jury, and executioner, and you can enact your verdict with a single click. As this week’s frenzied uproar on social media surrounding Lithuanian house producer Ten Walls’ idiotic comments about … Continue reading “@JemayelK & end of discussion: Outrage makes for ‘sham of discourse’”

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End of discussion? Sir Tim Hunt, Seinfield and the wild outrage index

by Rashmee

Posted on June 14, 2015


The Outrage Index is out of control. Consider the case of the British scientist Sir Tim Hunt and the fact that Jerry Seinfield now says American college campuses have become too hostile to irreverence or anything that seems out of sync with left-wing liberalism. (To get a sense of the tirade he unleashed, click here.) … Continue reading “End of discussion? Sir Tim Hunt, Seinfield and the wild outrage index”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK