AGAINST WOKE-CULTURE, IDENTITY POLITICS & POLITICAL CORRECTNESS

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What is woke?

The term ‘woke’ or ‘wokeism’ relates to the modern day social justice movement that has moved from its traditionally liberal purpose, to its current postmodern iteration rooted in Critical Theory, an approach that concerns itself in revealing supposed hidden, unconscious biases and power structures in society. The term stems from the idea that only the woke, or those that have ‘awakened’, can see the true nature of these biases and societal injustices. Despite their being infinite and complicated reasons for any inequality in the world, postmodernists intrinsically link knowledge, or ‘objective truth’, with power, seeing it instead as an oppressive meta-narrative. This departure from the advances made in the Enlightenment era and classical liberalism towards postmodernism, has led to the culture wars seen today. Anyone who questions, or does not follow this new-age orthodoxy is deemed a bigot or against actual social justice.

  • What is woke culture?
  • How did it come about?
  • What's its danger?

The term 'woke' or 'wokeism' relates to the modern day social justice movement that has moved from its traditionally liberal purpose, to its current postmodern iteration rooted in Critical Theory, an approach that concerns itself in revealing supposed hidden, unconscious biases and power structures in society. The term stems from the idea that only the woke, or those that have 'awakened', can see the true nature of these biases and societal injustices. Despite their being infinite and complicated reasons for any inequality in the world, postmodernists intrinsically link knowledge, or 'objective truth', with power, seeing it instead as an oppressive meta-narrative. This departure from the advances made in the Enlightenment era and classical liberalism towards postmodernism, has led to the culture wars seen today. Anyone who questions, or does not follow this new-age orthodoxy is deemed a bigot or against actual social justice.

The classic social justice movement has been in motion for over 200 years and has served a great purpose in society, but it was in the 1960s that it began to morph into its ideological form seen today, adopting to view the world through a postmodern lens of power dynamics. Spreading through academia, primarily the social sciences, leaders of this new social justice movement reject the liberal breakthroughs that define Western values, such as objective truth, viewpoint diversity, and free expression, instead viewing all of these as mere means of oppression by the elite. Over time these ideas have penetrated all areas of society through the application of Critical Theory, primarily in the form of ‘identity politics’ and ‘political correctness’, but also through the system of diversity that has dominated education and organisations around the world.

This new strain of Social Justice operates with authoritarian means and promotes its illiberal ideological viewpoint as the 'right' way society should be organised and viewed as. It rejects the fundamental liberal importance of the individual and instead places it on group identity alliance and how they fit under their oppressed/oppressor narrative. This has led to a culture that perceives often well-intentioned actions as racist, sexist, transphobic or other forms of prejudice, and given rise to the shaming and 'cancel culture' seen on social media today. As a result, even those that traditionally uphold values of equality run the risk of offending or saying the wrong thing, and losing their career or reputation because of it. This new form of censorship threatens free expression that has served democracies for centuries and when institutionalised, as it continues to become, leans towards polarisation, radicalisation and authoritarianism from the far-left.

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