This month, we at the Carolina Review decided to focus upon an issue that dominates the culture of our campus and our nation: the growing phenomenon known as political correctness. As we see it, political correctness is primarily the tendency to cut out of the university academic disciplines that liberals perceive as coming from an advantaged historical origin or from historical controversy. Thus, the furor against “dead white males.” Secondarily, political correctness sponsors the creation of a new academics, one focused on “studies” and effecting social change rather than pursuing wisdom.
Such is political correctness within the university. In the real world, however, political correctness rears its ugly head in the form of speech codes, accusations of bigotry, and increasing ignorance of the viewpoints of others. To that end, the Carolina Review this month is proud to present a number of articles focusing on political correctness both without and within the university. We believe this theme, for Carolina, to be timely: our university in past years has been rocked by scandals concerning freedom of speech. Moreover, we believe that UNC is dominated by a political correctness so thick it often blocks the light of true academic pursuit.
We also included, lest we prove boring, some articles outside the theme however. Writer Alex Thomas argues that the economic policies of Chapel Hill and Orange County are driving negative phenomena, while writer and editor David Ortiz continues our new monthly book reviews with a review of Milton Friedman’s Capitalism and Freedom. Finally, writer Frank Pray argues that technology is the mask behind which modernity has sought to hide from reality.
We hope that you enjoy reading this issue of the Review.
David Ortiz, Editor-in-Chief