The current issue of The Spectator is devoted to the subject of political correctness.
Part of this is an article by Damian Thompson, who conspiracy watchers will be familiar with for his 2008 book 'Counterknowledge'. Thompson gives a decent enough over-view of those he calls the young puritans, busily changing how we speak and interact, especially on campus. What most impressed me though was a small section of the article quoting an American commentator called Robert Wargas, a name new to me. Wargas states of political correctness:
"People must understand that PC works like a conspiracy theory. The more vigorously. you argue against it, the more its proponents see the need to affirm it. That's because, under their rules, logic and free speech are tools of oppression, at least when used by non-favoured groups. They've created this perfectly circular, perfectly sealed universe, packed with bizarre terms and theories that explain why they're always good and their opponents always evil. By definition, reason will not work against this. PC is like a church whose only sacrament is excommunication."
The question then emerges, as it does with conspiracy theories. If refuting point by point (debunking) a particular ideal does not work, what will? Or is political correctness, and indeed conspiracy theory, destined to act as Japanese knotweed in our culture until all the remaining plant life is suffocated out of existence?