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Writer Patapievici: Politically correctness, a moral terror, a return of Stalinism's nightmare

Horia Roman Patapievici

The politically correctness phenomenon the nowadays societies are confronted with is manifesting like a moral terror, a nightmare alike the return of Stalinism, says writer Horia-Roman Patapievici, drawing attention on the devastating potential for the freedom of speech and the way the Western civilisation has built the free civilisation concept. 

"By perfectly illustrating that theological witticism saying that the greatest trick of the Devil is to persuade the people that he does not exist, the same is the way the politically correct people do. This party, the moment one exposes the matter, with an innocent, open look, because isn't it, they they are so very "open minded", they will say "But this is not true! This is simply not true!" The moment one brings arguments they will say "Noooo... This is a biased rendering! In reality ..." and they will also say how things are going on in "the real life". We are somehow in a nightmare of Stalinism's comeback, without its NKVD and that terror which in the '50s has regulated for ever the matter on who has the right to open their mouth and who has the right to talk. Somehow, in the absence of a physical terror a moral terror has emerged and it is the justified fear of the civilised man of being eliminated from the civilised world," asserted Patapievici on Saturday night at the Bookfest International Book Fair in Bucharest. 

Patapievici, who participated in the launch of the "Prostii Europei. Cum se sinucid civilizatiile" / "Europe's Fools. How civilisations commit suicide" by Traian Ungureanu, at the Humanitas Publishing House's stand in the Bookfest, drew attention that "today, the politically correctness's stakes as an ideology is that one wants to belong to a community of values." 

"By this belonging, one gets identified with a community of fate. Well, when one is set apart from it, by vilification, one is labeled as racist, Islamophobic, against progress, et caetera. It is a strong kick. Not to mention that (...) there are sanctions and exclusion is not only moral, it is an exclusion that rolls everything, all of the life's compartments, to that supreme existential," stressed the writer. 

Patapievici emphasised that the politically correctness' movement, "started like a precise mincing of the way the words are used," in fact turned into a movement which today is altering any critical at its address into an outrageous stigma." 

"For instance, the matter that is at the core of nowadays' world and of Traian Ungureanu's book, which is the matter of Moslem, Islamic terrorism that is reclaiming from an interpretation of the Koran and tradition, an interpretation which unfortunately is not peripheral because the majorities do not reject it and when the "radicalised" - as they are called today - complete their job, they always find a consensus, an excuse or a shelter within the majorities which, isn't it so, it is politically correct to be carefully differentiated from the extremists who do the bad things. The moment one criticises these things, the stigma is there, one is called Islamophobic, racist. (...) But, the moment the racist label is used to vilify the one, to eliminate the one and shut the one's mouth simply with a censorship that is very subtle and has insinuated in the universities, in the media, in the political world so that the agenda is nailed on the political correctness taboos, that moment we see the devastating potential to the freedom of speech and to the way the Western civilisation has built the notion of free civilisation, we see them, the dangers are detonating and somehow we have our hands and feet tied up," the writer and philosopher said. 

Asserting that "Islamophobia is one of the illnesses invented by the politically correct people to exclude from the debate those who want to say words by name" Patapievici highlighted that he has nothing against the Islam. 
"I feel immediately compelled to specify this: I have nothing against the Islam, if you ask me, I know a lot about the Islam, I read the Koran, I admire the philosophy in Arabic in the Middle Ages, therefore I cannot be blamed of Islamophobia but if you are politically correct," Horia-Roman Patapievici ended his speech.




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