July 24th 2010

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Gillard's new tax will stymie mining, energy industries

Will Gillard be any better than Rudd?

'Inclusive' PC politics forgets the kids

The anti-family agenda of the Greens

Communist 'bombshell' rocks the Labor Party

Why Gillard's 'East Timor solution' cannot work

US, EU economics stuck in a 'long depression'

Russian secret intelligence still very much in business

Left abandons Barack Obama

Abortion-breast cancer link studiously ignored

Mathematics education at crisis point

Bid to promote Islam in Australian curriculum

Rediscovering our sense of Australian nationhood

Broadband access could be an election issue

What's in store for Australia?

Islam and usury

Descent into barbarism?

A dear girl called Julia

The Left's PC censorship of the arts.

The Australian Anti-Democratic Left and Czechoslovak Agents, by Peter Hruby

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The Left's PC censorship of the arts.

by Gerald Warner

News Weekly, July 24, 2010
Could anybody imagine a pro-life play being performed on the British stage?

It might just be possible to produce a drama in which, at the end, a woman contemplating abortion decided to keep her baby - but only if it were presented as a defeat, a surrender to patriarchal and other oppression, an "unhappy" ending. In that way the real-life agonies of women are excluded from the public square of the arts world. In the theatre world, "life-affirming" remains a reviewer's code word for "filthy".

Yet the people who have created this tyranny cut their teeth opposing "censorship" and boasting about "pushing the boundaries". That turns out to mean only the boundaries of the decencies.

The influence of theatre is limited, restricted to the numbers of the play-going public. ... We should be more worried about the censorship prevailing in the publishing world, where feminism and political correctness of the most meticulous, all-intrusive kinds now ominously control our reading matter.

Many writers, submitting wholly uncontroversial, non-conservative manuscripts on the most innocuous topics, now find neurotic objections being raised to almost subliminal nuances detected by editors. Climate issues are just the latest to join the ever-proliferating proscription lists of Thought Crime in the writing world.

In this climate of nit-picking PC censorship, one shudders to think what talented novels are either being rejected or not even being written because their authors know the fate that awaits their efforts.

Extract from Gerald Warner, "Censorship of the arts by the progressive consensus erodes freedom", The Telegraph (UK) blog, July 6, 2010.
URL: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/geraldwarner/100046163/censorship-of-the-arts-by-the-progressive-consensus-erodes-freedom/

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