A specter is haunting the West – the specter of Wokeism. All the powers of the West have entered into an unholy alliance in support of this specter: Government, Media, Academia, Hollywood, Corporations, Nonprofits, the Arts, Tech Giants, Education, and Sport. Where is the opposition that has not been decried as extremist by the Wokeists and their supporters in power?
Over the past few decades a radical left ideology has been slowly gaining traction in the West. It was incubated in the universities, refined in activist circles, and in the last 5 years has exploded to conquer the major pillars of our society – from government to sport.
Whilst this ideology has sought to cloke itself under the guise of social justice (as if it were a noble cause) or being ‘woke’ (as if it’s adherents were enlightened), it is in fact a nihilistic and destructive ideology that left unchecked will end the West as we know it. If the 20th century suffered massively from two other ‘isms,’ namely Communism and National Socialism (aka Nazism), our century seems set to embark on its own catastrophic experiment with Wokeism.
In this piece I will lay out:
1) The origins of Wokeism,
2) Why it’s been successful thus far, and
3) What its end goal is.
By the end of this it is my hope that you will recognise the threat this ideology poses to our freedom and realise that sitting on the sidelines means surrendering to its rise and to your eventual psychological, emotional, social, and potentially even physical subjugation.
1- The Origins of Wokeism
The origins of Wokeism lie in the paradox of prosperity, which is that a people and civilisation that become too prosperous, secure, and comfortable, inevitably lose their confidence and purpose. This isn’t to say that all citizens are infected by this to the same degree – or even at the same time – but in the West there’s one group that has lead the charge in promoting destructive ideas and who have set the wheels of decay in motion and they are: intellectuals.
Intellectuals flourish in times like these, and in Western society the abundance of resources and the absence of threats like starvation, war, and persecution have provided them the opportunity to make a living from their musings and to bestow prestigious titles upon themselves in the process.
Intellectuals are of course mostly found in academia (and offshoots like think tanks and non-profits) but while they are fond of education they lack the talent, patience, and sensibility for challenging and productive fields like science, engineering, and business, so instead they find their home in the lazy, relativistic domains of the humanities and social ‘sciences.’ In these domains there is no definitive right or wrong, true or false, or up or down; no idea can be disproved – because they originate in feelings not facts; and the degree to which a theory is abstract or outlandish is the degree to which it will be accepted without evidence as being true.
Now this isn’t to say that initially some of these intellectuals’ ideas weren’t valid, including those on giving women equal rights, or on ending legal discrimination against gays or blacks, but this has now given way to every white person is racist, there are dozens to hundreds of genders, we should have open borders, biological men can compete in women’s sports, being obese is healthy and beautiful, the police should be defunded, and the list goes on, and on, and on.
None of these questionable positions are for the benefit of our society, but are more a reflection of these intellectuals’ desperation to remain relevant in a society in which they provide no real value. And it is far easier to achieve this by tearing down what others have built rather than by building something yourself. The Wokeist intellectual therefore chooses to bite the hand that feeds – to attack relentlessly the culture and values that made its profession (and therefore livelihood) viable in the first place. They behave as spoiled teenagers railing against their parents, but unlike teenagers their actions have serious societal consequences.
What makes them even more hypocritical is that to hold the positions they do requires them to close their eyes to the countless positive achievements of the West over the past hundreds of years (more positives than any other culture or civilisation in existence today), and to focus only on the negatives of our history – as if any other culture today were without negatives, or as if it were even possible for a culture to be without them.
This further exposes their agenda as being solely about achieving cultural and, in time, political power. For if they genuinely cared so much about so called social justice, then they would focus more of their time and energy on the many nations and cultures around the world where the negatives and injustices far exceed those in the West.
The origins of Wokeism therefore lie in the prosperous West’s spoiled offspring turning on it, disowning it, and seeking to erase and replace it with a degenerative culture that only the mediocre minded, emotionally demented, morally impoverished soul of the intellectual could conceive of.
Let’s now take a look at why its power and influence have grown so much in recent times.
2- The Rise of Wokeism
The rise of Wokeism has been driven by a duo of formidable strategies, which have been masterfully executed by the Wokeists. These are 1) Indoctrination, and 2) Intimidation. Let’s look at each in turn.
“Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.” – Vladimir Lenin.
That short quote says it all – and it’s exactly what the Wokeists have been doing for years. Indoctrinating those with very limited life experience, knowledge, and wisdom; those who are deeply impressionable and emotionally and psychologically malleable; and those who lack the frames of reference to verify the truth of a concept – in other words, the young.
They of course have no shame in this – as anything is fair game to them. Indoctrinating the young gives them a huge advantage and makes it very hard for these future adults to erase the falsehoods they have grown up believing – even in the face of strong evidence that contradicts it. They then in turn raise their kids to believe the same or even crazier falsehoods (for Wokeism grows more crazy by the year).
So Wokeism is seeded in primary schools, cultivated in high schools, but it really, truly takes off at Universities. Here spoiled, confused, and angry teens find in their professors’ self-righteous and simplistic railings against ‘the system’ and ‘the culture,’ something that aligns with how they feel inside. The truth of what their professor exclaims isn’t questioned, but it ‘feels right’ so they run with it blindly. They’ve been primed for it after all through many years of indoctrination in their school years.
But the indoctrination doesn’t just come from education, it comes from other spheres of influence in our society too. One thing Wokeists understand well is that if they want their message to stick, their targets need to be exposed to it frequently and from as many mediums and messengers as possible. So they have gone about infiltrating major influence centres like television, film, music, radio, publishing, magazines, blogs, news networks, podcasts, social media, the arts, government, and more.
The result of this is that we hear them share their opinions and push their ideology incessantly through these mediums, which gives the average man or woman on the street the impression that it must be true (because ‘everyone’ is saying it) – when in truth it is an extremist view. For example, the North Korean government spreading their propaganda through the very same mediums doesn’t make their opinions or ideology true or beneficial to its citizens.
But is every proponent of Wokeism a true believer? Do the TV personalities, musicians, and government bureaucrats really buy the full Wokeist ideology?
Of course there’s a solid minority that do, but despite the indoctrination, a majority pay it lip service for one very simple reason: they value their careers and livelihoods. This brings us to the second strategy Wokeists have employed to spread their ideology: intimidation.
Wokeists, like all successful fanatical and extremist movements of the past, have uncovered a vulnerability in society that when exploited yields tremendous power and control. It is this: a productive citizen who is invested in life and society – through their work, family, friends, hobbies, community activities, etc, stands to lose a lot if things go south for them. They could for instance lose their income, home, career, social standing, reputation, family, friends, health, and much more.
So Wokeists, realising that the majority of society is made up of productive, regular people, who have something to live for (and thus a lot to lose), have weaponised a form of cultural intimidation to get everyone – whether Wokeist or not – to abide by their ideology. They have set the rules of the game and forced us all to play by them.
How does this work in practise? Well, here are some of the key rules they’ve set:
Rule 1: Any criticism or questioning of anything they believe or promote is: racist, homophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, imperialistic, hateful, bigoted, unjust, evil, ignorant, wrong, and a crime against humanity.
Rule 2: Anything you do or say that they choose to ‘take offence’ to represents a heinous and hateful attack on them or the victim group of their choosing.
Rule 3: If you do not believe what they believe or support what they support, you are a bad person – plain and simple.
All this in itself would be petty, small-minded and ridiculous were it not for them using these easily broken rules to justify attacks on anyone who breaks them. With their sense of righteousness in hand, the Wokeist throws around labels like ‘Racist,’ puts pressure on employers, and physically intimidates the person who has transgressed. The result for this person is damage to their career, reputation, and livelihood – which impacts not just them but the people who depend on them.
So very quickly the productive citizen learns that they have far too much to lose and little to personally gain from crossing Wokeists and breaking their arbitrary rules, so they quietly abide by them instead and voice their discontent or disagreement in private.
What makes this formula so effective too is that Wokeists have nothing to lose. If we look at the two main classes of Wokeist we will see why:
1) The Intellectuals – these are often professors. They have tenure, which means they cannot be fired from their job. They can promote the most depraved, insane, destructive theories, and turn up to work the next day and carry on their work as usual. For those without tenure; academia, think tanks, and nonprofits are littered with Wokeists, so it’s unlikely they would ever fire their own kind.
2) The Activists – these are the henchmen and henchwomen of intellectuals – they are the angry losers of life. They want to tear down society and re-create it in their pitiful image. They are not invested in anything which makes our society worthwhile – they have no career or money, shun their families, and have no purpose except to burn everything down and usher in the Wokeist paradise.
Then there are their supporters who don’t really understand the consequences of what they are supporting and who the don’t see the Wokeists for who they really are:
1) The Opportunists – these are the educated and often well paid lackeys in all spheres of our society who go whichever way the wind blows. Whether they work in the media, corporates, government, Silicon Valley, and the list goes on – they have recognised not just that it would be a bad idea to cross Wokeists, but that it would be a good idea to support them as it will help further their careers and standing in ‘cultured’ society.
2) The Everyday Believers – these are usually people whose emotions lead their lives and decisions, or those who have been primed to believe in Wokesm through years of indoctrination from the education system, the media, entertainment, and the arts. For them it just feels or seems wrong that, for example, there should be prejudice against trans people, so of course they won’t disagree with children transitioning to another sex, biological men competing against women in sports, and replacing terms like breastfeeding and mothers with chest-feeding and birthing parent.
So we have a cycle that is hard to break. Ordinary, productive citizens with a stake in this life (whether rich, middle, working class or poor) keep their mouths shut and do nothing out of fear of losing what they’ve got, and those who do protest against Wokeism either a) have a lot of courage or b) have nothing to lose themselves (group A are in short supply, and group B often hold extreme views of their own, e.g. conspiracy theorists, skinheads, and thugs, and though they are much demonised – in actuality they have zero power and influence.)
So it’s not a stretch to say that Wokeists are winning the battle and the war.
Next let’s look at where this is all leading.
The end game is total and absolute control – over our lives, laws, customs, and minds. The end game is tyranny. There is no arguing or opposing. There is no questioning or challenging. There is only accepting and complying.
If you think this is impossible, consider this:
In 1905 the total Bolshevik membership (aka the Communists) was 8,400. By 1917 they had taken over the Russian Empire with a population of roughly 125 million, and they fully consolidated their power within a few years. That empire became the Soviet Union.
In 1921 the Chinese Communist Party was founded with 50 members. In 1925 they had 2,428 members out of a total Chinese population of almost 500 million. By 1949 they controlled and ran China as a dictatorship and have done so ever since.
In 1920 the Nazi Party membership stood at 2,000. By 1933, Adolf Hitler, its leader, became Chancellor of Germany, and a few months after this, dictator of a nation of 67 million. The biggest and bloodiest war in human history followed.
These are just a few examples of fringe, extremist groups seizing control of major nations, and changing the course of not just their nations history, but of world history. It’s easy to dismiss the Wokeists as ridiculous and foolish, but they have all the momentum on their side. They have conquered huge swaths of our society and culture without yet picking up a gun. The last step is for them to attain political power.
What would they do with that power? Well we only need look at what they do today without it – and that is behave like petty, mean, and mad little dictators, cancelling anything and anyone from society at the slightest whim. They say ‘power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely,’ but what happens when the people in question are psychologically, emotionally, and morally corrupted before they’ve gained that power? That’s what we may soon find out – as did the citizens of Russia, China, and Germany in the 1900s.
Of course it’s important again to distinguish between Wokeists in the know, and those who merely support them blindly out of opportunism or ignorance. The former, e.g. intellectuals, activists, and politicians, know the endgame. The latter however cannot fathom a dark future as they either wilfully or unknowingly ignore the many, many lessons (read: warnings) from history.
We are no more immune to takeover by extremists than were our forebears or other nations and cultures around the world, perhaps even more so today where technology has the power to monitor and control us, or even shut us out of the economy completely.
So what to do?
Well this isn’t a piece that focuses on solutions or uber insightful strategies that can win us the war. The Wokeists did not appear overnight – it has taken them decades to lay the foundation for the success they enjoy today, so defeating them will be no easy task. But if we’re not aware of the problem in the first place, we won’t be able to get started on fixing it.
So here you have the problem. What is the solution?
Written by Arcadius Strauss.
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