Patriotism as Political Correctness: The Conquest of America
By Bryan Caplan
I scorn political correctness in all its forms – and its most widespread and successful form is patriotism. Think about it: Schools take millions of kids, then endlessly tell them they all belong to the same glorious blameless imaginary community. Any child who thinks otherwise – who insists that his so-called “fellow Americans” are mere strangers with no special claim on his time or affection – is a pariah. The patriotism of political correctness is so powerful that only a few iconoclasts treat it as controversial.
The good news: Contrary to most of its avowed foes, political correctness isn’t as bad as it used to be. When I was a kid, I saw this video – “Elbow Room” – dozens of times on t.v. It first aired in 1976 for the bicentennial. Don’t read any irony into it, for there is none.
And just for fun, count the total number of Indians who appear.