Dalrymple notes that in La Russie en 1839, the Marquis de Custine wrote that Nicholas I
was both eagle and insect: eagle because he soared over society, surveying it with a sharp raptor’s eye from above, and insect because he bored himself into every crack and crevice of society from below. Nothing was too large or too small for his attention.
Political correctness is rather like that, says Dalrymple.
For the politically correct, nothing is too large or too small to escape their puritanical attention. As a consequence, we suspect that we are living an authoritarian prelude to a totalitarian future.