Another Dalrymple gem via Ed Driscoll’s Quote of the Day.
Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.
Update (20150423): In a blog posting from Vox Day about this (ridiculous event), a commenter (one of the first 10 or so) referenced the quote above. It was a good call, so true, deserving to be used as an update to this.
Update (20160709): From Voltaire, a widely used paraphrase because nothing really is all that new except the details:
Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities