I recall the first time I heard the term “political correctness.” I was with my then (1990) girlfriend in a restaurant when she invited one of her friends to come over and sit with us.

As it turned out, the fellow was a gay neolib type, with, not one, but two wire hoop earrings. During our conversation, as I was in the middle of saying something (I don’t recall what), he blurted out, “Why, you’re politically incorrect!” I was a bit taken aback by this and said, “I’m what?” He repeated himself and it was then that I got an inkling of what he meant. I said, “You know, many years ago, we used to call it being a ‘non-conformist’.” Then I went on with what I had been saying before I was so rudely interrupted by this self-appointed speech Nazi.

Since then, our entire culture has become so saturated with this “P.C.” virus that few people question it anymore and almost no one has any idea what its origins are. Most assume it is a product of the sixties “counter-culture,” but that culture was, itself, a product of the CIA, the Establishment and cultural Marxism. The actual origins of the concept go back much earlier, though, to 1917 and the beginnings of the Soviet Union (which, by the way, was the creation of the same international bankers who gave us the Federal Reserve and the income tax three years earlier).

Basically, the concept of “political correctness” is part of the same Soviet dogma that gave us such terms as “defect,” used to mean dropping out of Soviet society or defying the rule of the state. The implication was that one must surely be insane or mentally defective to want to leave the Soviet Union or to rebel against the state’s authority. With this concept firmly established, the Soviet state found it quite easy to lock away dissidents in gulags – or to silence them permanently with a bullet through the head. What made this so easy was that the Soviet state had instilled in its enslaved people a self-policing mindset in which individuals were so brainwashed as to eventually accept that such anti-statist thinking must surely be a sign of mental illness. Indeed, Soviets who rebelled were sent to state-run “mental hospitals,” which were little more than prisons. It is from this self-imposed mental straight jacket that the concept of political correctness emerged.

Today, political correctness has become firmly established in our culture and the same self-policing mindset is at work among millions of people who have no conscious awareness that they are practicing it. An entire generation has now grown up with it and has unquestioningly accepted it as the norm. This makes those individuals who are susceptible to its influence much more vulnerable to manipulation than those of us grew up at a time when no such fetters were placed on our minds and our free expression.