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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
The Flummery Digest:It has been said that politics is the art of the possible. It is also the art of the silly and the dangerous, Michael Sierra writes in an introduction to his enormously entertaining site chronicling PC excess. I started collecting all sorts of offbeat news items early in the '90s for my own amusement and sanity, but it soon became my primary interest to document the multifarious phenomena known as "political correctness." I'm well aware of the tendency to define this term loosely to mean "any closely held view I don't approve of," and I'm not sure I'm offering anything better here. Yet while I believe both Left and Right entertain all sorts of smelly orthodoxies (to use Orwell's term), self-styled progressives have always had particular trouble recognizing limits to the sort of progress they seek. As a result, traditional liberal expectations of government activity often slip the tethers of plausibility…
I must warn you that if you are overly sensitive or if you identify yourself closely with the fortunes of various grievance groups, reading this anthology will not be cause for great joy. Even if that's not the case and if you are as insensitive as I am, reading too much in one sitting may still give you a bad case of the shakes. Medical vaccination involves a weak dose of a disabled form of a pathogen; a political vaccination requires quite the opposite.