“Political correctness” as the bourgeoisification of dissent
To be “bourgeois” is “to maintain peace and quiet at all costs for fear of disturbing someone else’s peace and quiet.” And this is precisely what is evil. It is bourgeois and evil if we object to electrons circling an atomic nucleus “because someone might be disturbed” by that circling. It is bourgeois and evil to object to ants crawling through the woods “because the path where the ants are crawling might be a private way and trespassing on it may be punishable by fine.” It is bourgeois and evil to object to the lion eating the gazelle “because, first, the lion is a foreigner and, second, the gazelle has not registered his place of residence with the police and, third, both of them are minors.” It is bourgeois and evil to object to the moon turning around the earth “because the bright moonlight might possibly disturb someone’s sleep during the night.” It is bourgeois and evil to object to the sun rising in the morning “because the bank has already bought up the majority of the stock for the heavenly domains and is waiting for an upswing in the market before the sun can be allowed to rise.” It is bourgeois and evil that there is always a potential somebody one might disturb. And if this potential somebody can’t possibly be there, then he has to be invented.
I feel that not wanting to create a disturbance is bad because disturbances are essential to life. It isn’t enough just to exist. We have to call attention to the fact that we exist. It isn’t enough just to be. We also have to act. And anyone who acts is bound to disturb in the best sense of that word: to stir up, to excite, to set in motion.
–from Fritz Zorn, MARS (1976), translated from the German by Robert & Rita Kimber