Where the Woke Revolution is Taking Us

Where the Woke Revolution is Taking Us. By Rod Dreher.

We are living through a revolution that, in the name of liberal principles, abandons liberalism.

Did you ever think that after the Civil Rights Movement, we would ever again live in a country in which people are condemned for the color of their skin, and treated as pariahs? Well, we are. The Left and the major institutions of American society are leading a cultural revolution that demonizes white people. We are expected to agree that this is right and just. That’s what the Democratic Party tells us. That’s what academia tells us, and media, and virtually every other cultural institution. We are told to despise our fathers and grandfathers, because the only thing meaningful about the lives they lived, and the country they built, is that they held opinions that are offensive to most Americans in 2021.

Learning from Hungary, which is fighting back:

The Left … construes Hungary as some sort of fascist state because of the policies of Prime Minister Viktor Orban….

In 2015, Orban refused to open Hungary’s borders to the tsunami of Mideast refugees. He understands that he leads a small country in the heart of Europe, one with a declining population, and with a unique language and culture. He understands that mass migration and open borders would mean the end of his nation. He also understands that there are very rich and powerful men, like George Soros, who dedicated their wealth and power to dissolving the Hungarian nation. He’s willing to fight this. For this, he’s called a fascist.

He recognized that Soros was using a college he founded, the Central European University, as a beachhead to introduce into elite Hungarian circles the kind of ideology that has conquered the West, and is dissolving the Western tradition everywhere it reigns. He drove most of CEU out of Hungary. For this, he’s called a fascist. I probably wouldn’t have gone as far as he did, but seeing how elite American universities are the fountainhead of this ideology causing America to tear itself apart, maybe I would have done.

In any case, it is absurd for the left-wing illiberals who control most American campuses, and who are using their power to destroy entire fields, such as the Classics, for being insufficiently woke, to complain about Orban. In America today, medical schools are denying one of the most fundamental facts of biology: sex — all because of a radical crackpot ideology that came out of leading US universities. Who has been a major funder of transgender ideology, for years? George Soros. Yet the Left, and the US media, constantly condemn Viktor Orban for anti-Semitism because he dares to call out Soros the Destroyer. …

People here criticize Orban for having engineered the sale of most Hungarian media to his own supporters. I agree that it was a dodgy move. The thing that nobody reports, though, is that the biggest Hungarian media outlets in terms of circulation (and therefore influence) are on the Left, and opposed to the government. Whenever a US conservative complains about the utter dominance of the Left in American media, the Left says, “But what about Fox News?” Every conservative with a brain in his head would happily trade Fox News for ABC, NBC, CBS, The New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR … . There’s a similar dynamic at work in Hungary. Two different journalists told me that if not for the Orban policy, no conservative voice would ever be heard in the Hungarian media. I have no way to verify that, but I suspect it’s true. …

Old liberalism is out, woke revolutionaries are in:

We have seen in the US media the replacement of old-fashioned liberalism with a hard-edge, Jacobin wokeness. A liberal reporter, commenting on this, told me that the younger generation of journalists think that “fairness” and “balance” are weasel concepts that make it possible for evil people to have a voice that they do not deserve. This is the death of liberalism. Old-fashioned liberals think conservatives are wrong; the Woke think we are evil. …

Radicalizing the right:

If I have become a little bit radicalized over the summer, it’s because I have seen with more clarity what is happening to my country, and how difficult it is going to be to salvage liberalism with the woke controlling all the institutions, and most of the government, and with wokeness explicitly rejecting core liberal principles, like free speech, freedom of religion, and tolerance. …

The challenge I’ve had to face this summer is with my own belief in classical liberalism. I am a half-hearted classical liberal at best, but I honestly believe that classical liberalism on a base of robust Christian belief is about the best form of government we can hope for in the modern age. Not a perfect form of government, but better than the other possibilities on offer.

Yet having seen what has happened in the US in the last few years, especially over the last year, I don’t really believe anymore that liberalism as we have known it can defend itself. Nor do I have much confidence that it should be defended.

If “liberalism” requires a nation to open its children’s minds to transgender propaganda, then to hell with liberalism.

 

 

If “liberalism” requires white people to despise themselves for the color of their skin, and requires Asian people to disadvantage their own children, who are supposed to suffer because they study hard and lead disciplined lives, then to hell with liberalism.

If “liberalism” means that we are supposed to prove our virtue by denouncing our ancestors and purging our libraries and our classroom of books that have long been part of the canon of Western civilization, then … you know.

Why should we want to defend this culture of death? …

So, yes, I have become more radicalized this summer. I believe I better understand what the end game is for the Left, which is to say the people who hold all the institutional power in the US. The old liberals are gone, or at least they don’t have real power anymore. It’s all revolutionary radicalism, carried out by nice people in pleasant offices, who want to erase history, deny identity, and subjugate those who resist. …

I hate where this is going. But it’s the Left who is shoving their batons into our backs, pushing us there. …

The future, as discussed by Michael Anton and Curtis Yarvin in an article by Damon Linker:

The current American “regime” is most accurately described as a “theocratic oligarchy” in which an elite class of progressive “priests” ensconced in the bureaucracies of the administrative state, and at Harvard, The New York Times, and other leading institutions of civil society, promulgate and enforce their own version of “reality.”

Anton and Yarvin treat this assertion as given and then proceed to talk through how this theocratic oligarchy might be overturned.

(One of their substantive disagreements concerns how long this regime might last if it’s not directly challenged. Anton is hopeful it will collapse of its own incompetence and corruption, while Yarvin thinks the current “clown world” could continue onward for decades or even a century, with the United States slowly decaying into something resembling a Third World country.) …

The podcast concludes with Anton quoting another Claremont writer (Angelo Codevilla) on how Trump dropped “the leadership of the deplorables,” which is waiting to be picked up by someone “who will make Trump seem moderate.” …

Dreher on Trump:

Trump is a clown who was never serious about governing. He wasted the opportunity history and the American people gave him. He antagonized the Left and accelerated the Left’s radicalization without providing a meaningful and effective opposition from the Right. He tweeted; Orban governs.