Asking Taki Theodoracopulos: What's the deal with political correctness?

Taki Theodoracopulos, one of our time's most outspoken and controversial journalists, explains the polarization of America and the legacy of multiculturalism.  Photo: Taki Theodoracopulos, The American Conservative

FLORIDA, December 30, 2012 — At the intersection of culture, politics, and high society stands a man whose opinions are no less distinctive than they are outspoken. 

This man, as you might have guessed, is Taki Theodoracopulos. 

The son of a Greek industrialist, he led the life of a true playboy during his young adulthood. Eventually, though, he chose to pursue a career that most would likely find surprising for a man of his station: journalism. 

The rest, well, is history.

Today, Taki is one of the most controversial commentators in print. His views on everything from economics to immigration trends to race relations harken back to a time before political correctness gained traction. 

In this first part of our discussion, Taki shares his views regarding why America seems to be more divided than at any other time in modern history, leaving politics, for many, as a matter of pseudo-tribal identity.

He also tells us about what he thinks the legacy of multiculturalism will be, as well as his stances on political correctness.    


Joseph F. Cotto: Today, America seems to be more divided than at any other time in modern history. Politics, for many, has become a matter of pseudo-tribal identity. From your standpoint, is there a central reason for this? 

Taki Theodoracopulos: Absolutely. The reason is very simple. People decided, starting with Teddy Kennedy in 1965, to change the demographics of America — to make it brown, to let in all of Africa, all of the Far East, and all of South America and Central America. 

Obviously, these people who came in have nothing in common with people who came in the seventeenth century. I see it as a very simple procedure and people — it’s exactly what Romney said. I’m not a Romney fan. I don’t vote. I refuse to vote, in other words. 

Cotto: Multiculturalism has spread across the Western world at rapid speed as of late. As far as America is concerned, what do you believe that its legacy will be?

Theodoracopulos: Well, Europe has already committed suicide. In Latin, it’s called cupio dissolvi; “We wish our disintegration”. The Europeans, after the Second World War, because of their empire, the traditional empire, the French let in all of the North Africans, the English let in all the Muslims, and the Germans, for no reason at all, let in all the Turks. 

Have you been to Europe lately? I live there, and it’s intolerable. In Switzerland, its supposed to be the last independent country that hasn’t joined the Common Market and it isn’t even part of NATO. Still, in Geneva, you think you’re in Abidjan, there are more black people than white people. The European Union, they have exactly the same outlook as the Nazis did.

Only Aryan blood to the Nazis, only black blood say the European Union. 

The individual absolutely disappeared in the Common Market. There are something like 30,000 civil servants who rule Europe and keep passing laws continuously out of Strasbourg and out of Brussels. Strasbourg is, eleven months of the year, empty. They keep passing laws to justify their existence — like what size a banana needs to be, all these things, which has made life intolerable. I live in Switzerland, and I can see it. The Swiss keep giving and keep giving and as Europe has become Africa, and the subcontinent, America will become exactly what you said before.

Why do they do it? I have no answer for that. I simply cannot understand how a politician can do this, and they know very well what’s happening, and they continue to do it, and people continue to vote for them. 

Cotto: Political correctness has more or less become standard fare across the country. No small number believe that this is a change for the better. A great deal, of course, disagree. Where do you stand on such a contentious issue?

Theodoracopulos: Political correctness is purely a measure to control independent thinkers like Ron Paul or myself. I recently wrote a column saying that if Petraeus had slept with a man, nothing would have happened. The press would have ignored it. Because he slept with a woman, of course, he had to resign and all that. 

I hold the media responsible, and that’s because the media obviously has no balls — they just congratulate each other like Maureen Dowd; a very ugly, pompous woman, who recently wrote a column saying we’ve finally got the white man now, it’s going to be the gays and the blacks and the Latinos and the women and we have Hillary coming in 2016 and then we’ll really show them. 

Once the white man who built this country has become the enemy, it’s like the Indians who were the bad guys in John Ford movies, except that sometimes he showed them to be brave too.

Political correctness is a way that the left controls the truth. It’s nothing more than that. 

It’s like, I’m not allowed to criticize Israel because the moment you criticize the Likud, you’re an anti-Semite. The Jewish lobby has made sure of that. Any criticism of Israel, of the right-wing parties in Israel, will be immediately labeled anti-Semitic. Unless you’re Jewish, then you’re a self-loathing Jew.

It’s just a way to control thought.

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Joseph Cotto

Joseph F. Cotto is a social journalist by trade and student of history by lifestyle choice. He hails from central Florida, writing about political, economic, and social issues of the day. In the past, he was a contributor to Blogcritics Magazine, among other publications. He is currently at work on a book about American society.

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