What is Conservative Correctness

Guest comment : Political Correctness: Fatal Career of a Term

In 2014, it was not easy in the Federal Republic of Germany to criticize attitudes that are generally considered to be “politically correct”. So if one is against the so-called “gender mainstreaming”, which declares the biological differences between men and women to be irrelevant and claims that the male, female or transsexual identity is a completely free decision of the person. Or if you think the childcare allowance is a good thing because the state should not only promote a certain family model, namely that of the working mother. Because you think that the state has to offer every family, every woman the opportunity to decide for or against looking after the children in daycare.

Most of the time it is said that one is “unfashionable”, “not progressive” or even “stuffy”. Nevertheless, one perseveres, at least when one's own conservatism or liberalism is firmly anchored and one therefore does not like to have supposedly “progressive” social ideas dictated to one another. And that is why it is precisely this presumption of anchoring a pseudo-progressive worldview in law - just think of the recently “gender-neutral” language in road traffic regulations - something that both conservatives and liberals see extremely critically.

The completely exaggerated sexism debate that Anne Wizorek initiated under the Twitter hashtag #Aufschrei almost exactly a year ago opened up a further dimension of the topic. What kind of behavior should suddenly all be sexist irritated. At least if you are not a follower of feminism à la Schwarzer and Mika. The extent to which this feminist virtuous fury met with astonishment was demonstrated by the fact that Birgit Kelle's counter-statement "Then close your blouse" received an extraordinary response on the debate portal "The European" and, according to "W&V", became a "social media phenomenon" 2013 advanced.

Everywhere some conservatives smell "censorship" and "guardianship"

In this respect there was and is a great deal of argument against submitting "politically correct" demands uncritically. Such a guardianship of virtue and prescribing is incompatible with a liberal-conservative mindset. And quite obviously other milieus felt the same way. Because the image of the “prohibition party” cost the Greens many votes in the left-wing liberal academic milieu in the last federal election. Ines Pohl from the "taz" may blame "the Springer press" and the "FAZ" and "FAS" for this image of the party, who allegedly exaggerated the Greens' demand for a "Veggie Day" and they as a "fun-free moral apostle party" would have presented.

In the meantime, however, the criticism of political correctness has developed a twist that is alarming. More and more, the “politically incorrect” has mutated into a kind of battle slogan, a slogan of national or Christian conservative circles.

This phenomenon can be best observed in discussion forums or social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Everywhere some conservatives smell “censorship” and “guardianship of virtue” as soon as they are criticized. If, for example, in the "Romanians and Bulgarians" debate, you criticize regular slogans that pretend that the country is about to be overwhelmed by a huge onslaught of "immigrants into the social systems", you are accused of "political correctness". Then the saying quickly comes: "We'll still be able to say that."

Figures on this so-called "immigration of poverty" posted by the "politically correct" person are consistently ignored. Instead, you get excited about the "Duisburg House" and other individual phenomena that confirm your own prejudice. Anyone who rejects the Stammtisch slogans and cites representative data is asked whether he has changed sides or even turned "left". And of course, advocates of this view often insist on saying "Gypsies" instead of Sinti and Roma, speaking of "censorship" when that is precisely what is criticized.

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