In his article “The Origins of Political Correctness” which appeared in volume 43, number 2 issue of The Journal of Orgonomy, Bill Lind describes political correctness as “the disease of the century,” the distorted expression of Marxist ideas translated from economics into cultural terms. Although correct from an historical standpoint, his understanding of the origins of political correctness are limited to the more superficial socio-economic realm. It does not take into account the powerful biological forces residing in people’s depths that have rapidly made political correctness the dominant form of morality in twenty-first century America.
The transformation of social armor from authoritarian to anti-authoritarian that began around 1960 was accompanied by a corresponding change in the structure of individual armor. Prior to that time, in most adults armor was contained in the skeletal muscles. With the transformation of social armor, a shift occurred in the pattern of armor of young people from the musculature to the brain. Ocular armor increased at the expense of muscular armor in a large segment of the adult population. This shift resulted in a dramatic change in the way morality was experienced and expressed.
The authoritarian morality of the past originated to a great extent from muscular armor. Its function was to preserve the authoritarian way of life. With the shift of individual armor from the musculature to the brain in a large number of young people there occurred a qualitative change in morals. Authoritarian morality with its absolute distinction between right and wrong based on emotional feelings became replaced by political correctness, an expression of a qualitatively different kind of morality originating exclusively from the brain.
Functioning to establish the anti-authoritarian social order over authoritarianism, the morality of political correctness is a highly infectious and pernicious manifestation of the emotional plague because it appeals to people’s intellect and it is well rationalized as being for the common good of everyone.