2016 Elections

The Political Incorrectness Racket

A new paper explores how offensiveness is used to convey independence, but often means the opposite.

I applaud your incorrectness.

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Among Republicans, it has become politically correct to be politically incorrect. Actually that’s the most politically correct thing that you can possibly be. As soon as you announce that you’re politically incorrect, you’re guaranteed smiles and laughter, and probably thunderous applause. Proudly proclaiming your bravery, you’re pandering to the crowd.

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