I think it’s inexorable. I think it is irresistible.
If you look at the 1990s – the emergence of political correctness in the 1990s – which was beaten back very successfully by a coalition like us, well we are the ones doing it now.
And although in the 90s these people, as Christina [Hoff Sommers] likes to say, got the assistant professorships and stayed in tenure in the universities and all the rest of it – had to go away from the media, but never really went away, they just sort of consolidated their power and returned as social justice warriors – this time there is so much more on the line for them, because if they break this time they are breaking, they are losing, with the full support of politicians, the media and academia.
And if people rise up now and say this social justice thing; this language policing, this political correctness, safe spaces, trigger warnings, micro-aggressions; this stuff is horse shit – and if enough people smash its stranglehold on the public square, it will never recover. It will never come back like this again, because it will lose at the height of its powers. It will lose in its strongest possible form. It will lose, as we say on the internet, in its final form.
Social justice cannot get any stronger than it is now, it is at the peak of its powers, and it’s losing. And it is losing because people want freedom. They want to be able to do, say, think, be, play, and read, anything. And they have the faith in themselves, and in other people, that they are able to make the best judgements for themselves and what they believe in.
They don’t need to be told how to speak.
They don’t need to be told which books to read.
They don’t need to be told which video games are dangerous.
They don’t need to be told any of these things.
They don’t need to be instructed and lectured to by politicians.
They don’t need to be badgered and hectored by feminists.
And they don’t need to be lied to by journalists.
People are sick of it, and they are sick of the entire mendacious edifice. And this is what is happening so wonderfully right now with people like us and all the other conversations that are happening in the cultural libertarian movement, and in what I call ‘generation trump’ and ‘daddy’ and all this sort of stuff – the fun, mischievous ‘trolly’ element on the internet – what is behind all of this, the heart of all of this, is that rejection, that fundamental rejection, of the idea that someone else knows better than I do how I should live my life.
~ Milo Yiannopoulos
Transcript: Milo Yiannopoulos’ Closing Argument Against Political Correctness on The Rubin Report