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Remember political correctness? It's back, frothing at the mouth and at hurricane force

I have a distinct memory, dating back to 1989 or so, of sitting around with my college dorm mates talking about a new term that was popping up everywhere: "political correctness." Although the designation had been floating around radical circles of academia for a decade, it was just then entering mainstream discourse. To our sanguine, largely agreeable freshman ears (we used the now-unseemly word "freshman" back then), it seemed like a good enough idea. This was a time marked by the collapse of apartheid in South Africa and the fall of the Berlin Wall. There was a sense that humanity might be finally coming together, though in some ways it was also falling apart,...

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