Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Why Wokeism Will Rule the World

Probably the main reason that I frequently butt heads with the left-anarchists is that I do not necessarily believe that the universalization of “wokeism” is the priority issue or even something that needs to happen at all. I tend to view “woke anarchism” the same way I might view evangelical Protestantism, i.e. as a large component within a much larger historical and cultural tradition but which rejects the larger tradition on sectarian grounds.

By Tyler Cowen, Bloomberg

The woke movement could be the next great U.S. cultural export — and it is going to do many other countries some real good.

I am decidedly un-woke. As a professor of economics, I strongly favor a market-oriented approach. I have worked hard to defend the positions of non-woke right-wing and libertarian colleagues in academia. What’s more, I am on record as saying that wokeism is stupid and inflexible, and will state here and now that it is also boring and predictable.

And yet: I have a nagging sense that, among its opponents, wokeism is underrated. (Its proponents, meanwhile, tend to overrate it.) Consider this essay my attempt to explain why and how its enemies should learn to live with wokeism. 1

Wokeism is global.

Too many critics of wokeism make the mistake of focusing on purely local status relations. They are obsessed with the influence of woke forces in their intellectual communities — their universities, their media universe, and so on. Oddly but perhaps appropriately, this is exactly the mistake that the woke themselves make.


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  1. As I am slowing making my way through Burnham’s Machiavellians, it’s causing me to see pretty much all ideology as total horse shit.

    There is no way wokism is a good-faith ideology held by the managers.

    Now, Mr. Preston, as a professed Machiavellian, is Anarchism a horse shit ideology only supported for nefarious motives as well?

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