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Katherine Horton and Christine Clark were this month’s live debate winners, arguing against the Motion.  They took a position that “political correctness”  is an integral part of a complex, modern society.  They enunciated that in order to respect other’s cultures and individual dignity, we should appreciate certain cultural nuances, rather than falling into the traps of “stereotypes.”  Additionally, they argued that a society must learn from the past historical mistakes, in order to not repeat those mistakes.

On the other hand, Mike Walsh and John Kirbow, argued that “political correctness” has stifled and hindered our ability to think critically and independently.  in making that argument, they pointed to examples of how being critical of certain cultural norms and institutions have been mislabeled and misconstrued as “intolerance.”  They also cited unhinged and perilous examples of how quickly and rapidly the “societal norms” can evolve, which may have unintended consequences in a long run.