The end of woke

We are witnessing the last gasps of a spectacularly stupid movement.

Markokenya

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I’m not a right winger. I’m and old school democrat, and this is why I care a great deal about the rise — and soon, the fall — of the woke ideology that reached peak stupidity in 2023.

Wokeness drank its own poison following the October 7 Hamas attack in Israel. The universities most invested in preventing hate speech and the most supportive of cancel culture over the past three decades were the first ones to support anti-Israel talk, and came out squarely in support of Hamas, while also failing to denounce the generalized outburst of hate speech against Israel and all Jews.

I’m not Jewish and I’m not pro-Israel. In fact I abhor Netanyahu and Israel’s far right regime. I hve many Jewish friends and I’m in harmony with Jewish people. I decided years ago not to take sides in the Israel/Palestine conflict because neither side deserves my support, and I abhor the endless violence by both sides, regardless of perceived justification by each side.

What we need to collectively reject is hate speech. While supporting free speech. Yeah, it’s hard isn’t it.

The progressive movement has been moving steadily further left since the Clinton era, when social sciences professors realized there was a form of capitalist Democratic Party policy that didn’t sit well with them and which they found inadequate to address social injustice, in particular racial injustice. The movement inspired many intellectuals to form and promote theories about victims and victimhood, all of which made good sense and were well founded in fact and historically correct. The flaw in the system was that in sympathizing with the oppressed, it always needed to identify an oppressor, and this was almost always the white people. More specifically it was white men, rich men, the American middle class (which was accused of being wealthy, although a median household income of $70K is hardly wealthy). The oppressor is white. Ok, let’s declare war on white people. But what about nice white people who vote blue and contribute to democratic candidates’ campaigns and who volunteer in soup kitchens at weekends and who donate to homeless shelters? Never mind, said the imams on the extreme far left of the movement. Those white people have…

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Markokenya

San Francisco geek, entrepreneur, wannabe economist, mediocre equestrian