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Monday, April 19, 2004
Kimball on Political Correctness

Roger Kimball has a piece in the National Interest on PC. As you'd expect, it comes with some lovely quotations, including this one from Kimball's favorite Walter Bagehot (that's Badjet, by the way):

The most melancholy of human reflections, perhaps, is that, on the whole, it is a question whether the benevolence of mankind does most good or harm. Great good, no doubt, philanthropy does, but then it also does great evil. It augments so much vice, it multiplies so much suffering, it brings to life such great populations to suffer and to be vicious, that it is open to argument whether it be or be not an evil to the world, and this is entirely because excellent people fancy they can do much by rapid action--that they will most benefit the world when they most relieve their own feelings.
Read the whole thing.