But neither are the Western democracies free of it. We see doublespeak being deliberately introduced alongside magnificently blatant examples such as "freedom fries".
And yet not all of it is disruptive or ill-motivated.
Whatever you think of PC language, much of it is here to stay and is affecting the way we think (which it what it was intended to do).
The modern official Norwegian languages (both of them) and the Finnish language are all the results of almost superhuman efforts of language planners to unite countries around their languages.
The Académie française has attempted with mixed success to stem the tide of anglicisms, the German-speaking nations recently agreed on a major (and unpopular) reform of the spelling of the language (the Swiss - wise folk - have been spelling German by and large that way for years).
And yet it is rare that a government openly talks about changing the language explicitly in order to change the way we think. The UK government today announced that it was floating the idea of changing the way in which it referred to ethnic groups in Britain in order to influence the way they think about themselves and others think about them.
At least part of the story is here.
The government's version at 8 August 2005 is
For what it's worth, I think it would probably have been helpful if the government and government authorities had simply started slipping it in until people got used to it. Now I'm not so sure that it will be that much use.The renaming of ethnic minority groups is being explored to allow communities to show pride in both their ethnic roots and their Britishness.
A Downing Street spokesman said that the idea had been suggested to Home Office Minister Hazel Blears to be discussed in meetings as she visited different parts of the country. It was not something the Government was proposing or suggesting, the spokesman said.
It is one of a range of proposals to be discussed at regional meetings between the Government and community leaders.
Ms Blears said in a newspaper interview that she found the idea of US-style hyphenated terms 'quite interesting'.
"I am going to talk to people and ask how does that feel? It is about your identity and I think it's really important.
"I think it's really important, if you want a society that is really welded together, there are certain things that unite us because you are British, but you can be a bit different too."
The Oldham event last week was the first in a series of meetings to be held in locations including Burnley, Leicester, Leeds, Birmingham and London.
Home Secretary Charles Clarke plans to hold follow-up talks with Muslim leaders on September 20 when he will outline 'concrete proposals'.