Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Nick Adams, an internationally renowned Australian speaker, lecturer, author, and media commentator. He is best known for his work in the field of American exceptionalism. He is the author of the new book, Retaking America – Crushing Political Correctness.
FP: Nick Adams, welcome to Frontpage Interview.
Adams: Thank you, Jamie, great to be with you.
FP: Congratulations on your new book. Let’s begin with this question: Why does an Australian care what happens in America?
Adams: Jamie, what’s good for America is good for the world. A weak America is a weak world. A strong America is a strong world. That’s not a theory. That’s reality. We can see it happening right now. Cast your eye over the world: Islamists are openly working to establish a Caliphate. There is a catastrophic humanitarian disaster. Russia is attempting to re-establish the Soviet empire. China is aggressively expanding in the South China Sea. There are vast refugee flows. This is no coincidence. Frankly, this is what the world looks like when American influence is in decline. We are all paying a heavy price for the Obama administration’s politically correct decisions. Western intellectuals have long believed that America is not a force for good in the world, and should take a backseat in world affairs. They now have egg on their face.
FP: Tell us about your new book and why people should read it.
Adams: Let me put it this way: if you love America, and you hate political correctness, then you need to read this book. It’s as simple as that. Nothing is more anti-American, anti-freedom, anti-truth, and anti-reality than political correctness. It is a noose around America’s neck, growing tighter each day. From identity politics and secularism to the all-powerful welfare state and the war against national identity, every problem in America today is either rooted in, or compounded by political correctness. It is destroying America, and if it destroys America, it destroys Western civilization. So, we have to crush it, and only America can.
FP: Why do you think only Americans can do it?
Adams: America is not Europe. At least, not yet. It has proud, historic traditions of freedom, patriotism and individualism that set it apart from anywhere else in the world. This is what makes it Western civilization’s last hope. It is exceptional. Beyond the smug commentators who monopolize academia, politics and the media, the American frontier spirit remains strong. Don’t get me wrong – things are really, really, really awful. But… always believe in America. It's never too late. The only people capable of rejecting political correctness, of destroying it, are Americans. Everyone else is too far gone. Your founding and your culture allows you to be different. American exceptionalism can crush PC, but at the moment, it’s the other way around!
FP: Who does political correctness target?
Adams: Political correctness targets many. But make no mistake: America is at the top of the kill list. If the proponents of political correctness had “Most Wanted Playing Cards,” the ace of spades would be America. There is no clearer evidence of this than the myriad of politicians, teachers, artists, and journalists who deliberately and recklessly make America seem hateful to the young, old and everyone in between. This is all because America is the major impediment to Leftist success. It is the last great holdout.
FP: In your book, you say the American dream is threatened by political correctness. Please touch on this a little more.
Adams: You’re right - one of the central themes of this book is that political correctness weakens the health and threatens the existence of the American Dream. This is not simply because you can find yourself in hot water over something you may say, but because of the broader consequences it has on the cultural mindset. Politically-correct ideology requires that success is resented. Ambition becomes suspicious. Mediocrity is preferred to excellence.
The collective is elevated over the individual. The dream becomes obscured by the symbols of political correctness: big government, gatekeepers, envy, an aversion to risk, and collectivism. When the focus is on the collective, individual dreams can never fully materialize. I believe if we can get Americans to understand that their personal right to pursue happiness is inhibited by political correctness, they will be much more willing to openly defy political correctness.
FP: If political correctness had been prevalent in earlier eras, what might have happened?
Adams: Well, for example, one of the things Retaking America – Crushing Political Correctness does is make the case that World War II could not have been prosecuted by the Allied forces in today’s culture, with our values. Politically-correct positions, increasingly ingrained in the general population, simply would not allow it. The positions, instincts, and attitudes that were present in enough people in the world then have been perpetually and actively attacked by the Left ever since. Things such as: 1) our own unifying nationalism, and sense of pride, 2) a willingness to judge another culture, 3) the desire to confront, fight and defeat evil, at any cost, 4) patience to be in it for as long as it takes, and 5) preparedness to “go it alone,” regardless of criticism from others. Plus, I’d say some of the greatest political identities of the twentieth century - Churchill, Thatcher, Reagan – I don’t think they would survive today.
FP: There is a chapter in your book called “Control, Alter, Delete”, where you make a connection between political correctness and today’s mobile technology. Please explain.
Adams: There is no doubt that the digital age has amplified political correctness. It has given a voice to those who don’t deserve one. It has made it easier for the media and the public
to punish anyone who is interesting. With this, being bland has been encouraged. It’s impossible to be a giant anymore. Unless your opinion is the same as the mob, it doesn’t pay to express it. If you do, it’s very likely you will experience loss of some kind: friends, opportunities, standing, opportunities and even your job.
FP: So conservatives are actually the ones being persecuted.
Adams: Exactly. Due to political correctness and its prevalence, conservatives are today what communists used to be. It was once that if you were a communist, or knew someone that was, or had any type of connection to a communist, you couldn’t get a job. Or couldn’t get a favorable assessment on an application. You were blacklisted. That’s a conservative today. We’re canceled as speakers on campuses, we lose our jobs when trolls approach our employers, we’re stood down the moment employers are given any heat over us. In my book, I offer my own personal experiences, as well as many others of this reality. For all the culture of complaint and cult of victimhood, the genuine victims are conservatives.
FP: Islam and political correctness.
Adams: Where do I begin? They should be calling the Islamic State the Islamic Caliphate. Instead, they expect us to believe that it all has nothing to do with Islam. They refuse to say the words “Islamic terrorism”. They tell us we have more to fear from climate change. That’s political correctness 101. It is devoid of truth or reality, more interested in advancing a narrative. Then we are told that it’s our fault. Blame America. Blame the West. It’s because they don’t have jobs. It’s because they are marginalized, they say. Was it marginalisation that caused Mohammed to go into battle so often and kill/enslave his enemies? The fundamental problem is that the majority of otherwise peaceful and law-abiding Muslims are unwilling to acknowledge, much less repudiate, the theological warrant for intolerance and violence embedded in their own religious texts. And the apologists’ position has been a complete policy failure because it denies the religious justifications the Quran and the Hadith provide for violence, gender inequality, and discrimination against other religions. Political correctness has enabled Caliphate ambitions.
FP: What message do you want people to take away from the book?
Adams: I want people to step up, and fight. I love my freedom of speech and I celebrate my individuality. I’ve always liked coloring outside the lines. I’ve always aspired to be great, not mediocre. Above all, I love life. And political correctness steals the joy from life. It limits life, it prohibits life, it destroys life. I want people to dream, and succeed and achieve.
FP: So, what is the best way to fight the Left?
Adams: Retaking America – Crushing Political Correctness lays out a definitive action plan for all Americans. Frontpage readers are going to have to get the book! But I will tell you this: it involves studying the Left, learning from them and using their own tactics against them. That’s the only way it can be done. It’s not going to be easy – in fact, it will be worse than you can ever imagine – but it can be done, and it must be done. Western civilization and humanity as we know it are at stake.
FP: Nick Adams, thanks so much for joining Frontpage Interview and thank you for your love of America and your noble and brave battle for the truth.
And we encourage all of our readers to get their hands on Retaking America – Crushing Political Correctness!