Political correctness is the enemy of liberty

Political correctness is the enemy of liberty, by Hal Colebatch.

Adam Smith warned on the criminalising of emotions … in 1759 … Smith’s warning — that punishments without limit could be inflicted once a state of mind had been criminalised — has been born out in a stark, indeed almost unbelievable, fashion in the US.

PC justice:

A Florida man, Michael Wolfe, has been sentenced to 15 years jail, followed by 15 years probation, for breaking windows, lights and cameras and leaving a piece of bacon outside a mosque. The court held this to be a hate crime. A sentence of 15 years means in effect a whole life wantonly ruined for a single episode of foolishness. Wolfe is 37. He will be 67 before he is a completely free man again. Had the attack been made on a Christian church, it is safe to say the sentence would not have been nearly as severe. …

By contrast, in Wuppertal, Germany, two Muslim asylum-seekers who burnt down a synagogue escaped punishment, the court holding that their action was political rather than anti-Semitic. …

A 78 year-old war veteran put signs for the UK Independence Party on the wall of a derelict Liverpool building: ‘Don’t forget the 1945 war’ and ‘Free Speech for England’. He was arrested and charged with racially aggravated criminal damage — an offence with a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison, similar to the maximum for spying for an enemy power under the Official Secrets Act. The offence was deemed racially aggravated and therefore far worse because of the reference to ‘England’. …

At about the same time it was decided not to prosecute a spy who had previously passed nuclear weapons secrets to the Soviet Union – evidently a far lesser matter.

A speaker was arrested for quoting Winston Churchill’s strictures on Islam in his 1899 book The River War. When quoting Churchill in Britain becomes an offence, one feels that there is something drastically amiss.

A few weeks ago, 3,000 Muslims outside the US embassy in London chanted the anti-Semitic cry; ‘Khaybar Khaybar, ya yahud, Jaish Muhammad, sa yahud’ or ‘Jews, remember Khaybar the army of Muhammad is returning’. No hate there, of course, and no arrests either.

Whose side in the culture war do you suppose the bureaucracy is on? Who elected the bureaucracy?

hat-tip Stephen Neil