The paper is here, via Brandom Warmke. It cites Glenn Loury’s “Self-Censorship in Political Discourse” (which I previously blogged here) along with Timur Kuran’s book “Private Truths, Public Lies” (which I blogged here) containing his theory of “preference falsification”. More than a decade ago I wrote about what it actually means to be politically correct vs incorrect, and liked Hopefully Anonymous’ very generic definition, which would fit with Loury and Kuran’s framework. Moller’s explicitly rejects Loury’s generic version in favor of one that is explicitly describing efforts from the left-wing, defined in terms of “marginalized” groups being protected from insult/offense. I still prefer a general theory to a specific one, but Moller’s take could be helpful in detailing the phenomena as it tends to occur on contemporary college campuses. He uses The Bell Curve as an example (which I previously discussed in relation to Loury), specifically the very heated objections to discussions of groups with lower average IQs than whites compared to the lack of reaction to discussion of groups with higher than average IQs. I found that notable because Steve Sailer has written that much of the objection to IQ is a triple-bank-shot from Jewish intellectuals worried about people noticing their higher average IQ. I never found that convincing, so in that respect at least I’ll side with Moller.

UPDATE: Sailer recently repeated his theory that Jewish IQ is a more taboo subject, and I objected in his comments citing Moller.