Couple of things I noticed today. First Brendan O’Neill on Political Correctness:
…political correctness is not actually the handiwork of small groups of cultural Marxists or liberal malcontents. The rise and rise of PC is not simply down to the activism and agitation of unrepresentative sections of the chattering classes, who detest vulgar language and what they consider to be offensive ideas. If it was, how could we explain the actions of the US Navy? Why would one of the most powerful, well-armed institutions on Earth buckle under pressure from po-mo feminists or people who read the Guardian?
No, political correctness represents something far more profound than its critics appreciate. The victory of PC is built upon the demise and decay of traditional forms of authority and traditional forms of morality. It is parasitical on what we might call the crisis of conservative thought. In fact, I would argue that the power of PC is directly proportionate to the weakness of the old, taken-for-granted forms of morality…
Yet to look at political correctness in that way only – as a kind of new Ten Commandments enforced by tiny elites – is to miss what is the foundation stone of PC, the ground upon which it is built. Which is the inability of the traditional moralists to justify themselves and defend their way of life and moral system. It is that inability which, towards the end of the twentieth century, created a moral vacuum that was filled by instinctive and often kneejerk new forms of moral control and censorship.
Because when you have a profound crisis of traditional morality, which governed society for so long, then previously normal and unquestioned ways of behaving get called into question. From speech to interpersonal relations, even to nursery rhymes – nothing can be taken for granted anymore when the old frameworks have been removed. All the given things of the past 200-odd years start to fall apart. Political correctness is really the scaffolding that has been hastily erected to replace the old morality. It represents the tentative takeover by a new kind of modern-day moralist. And the end result is undoubtedly tyrannical and stifling and profoundly antagonistic both to individual autonomy and freedom of speech….
So political correctness is not a simple case of ‘cultural Marxists’ storming the citadel; rather the citadel collapsed, and we now have some rather opportunistic, instinctively authoritarian elements in society attempting to build a new moral system on the rubble.
That is why political correctness is so hysterical, so intolerant, so keen to govern everything from how professors communicate with their students to whether teachers can touch their pupils to when it is acceptable to say ‘blackboard’ – not because it is strong, but because it is weak and isolated. It has no real roots in society or history, like the more traditional forms of morality did. It enjoys no popular legitimacy or public support; in fact, the phrase ‘political correctness gone mad’ rather reflects the disdain amongst large sections of the public for today’s new speech codes and behaviour etiquette. It is the shallowness of PC, its parasitical nature, which makes it so insatiably interventionist.
An interesting thesis. And not another conspiracy theory.
All Of Paraguay’s Temperature Record Has Been Tampered With
No, it’s not been tampered with. It’s simply that the data has finally caught up with the theory.
I mentioned a few days back that I’d had a new idea how to model climate/weather using “huge ping-pong balls” piled on top of each other. I got a simple prototype version of it working today. Here’s a snapshot of it in operation.
The ping-pong balls get bigger if they’re in the (hot) right-hand half of the container, and they shrink if they’re in the (cold) left-hand half. I was hoping that this would set up a circulation, with cooling and shrinking bubbles dropping down the left-hand side, and rolling from left to right along the bottom, and heating and swelling bubbles rising up the right-hand side, and right to left along the top. And that’s exactly what happened, first time I tried it.
So I’ve got a simple convection model of an atmosphere. The left-hand side might be the North Pole, and the right-hand side might be the the equator. And then I’ve got a Global Circulation Model.