Wokeism is Doomed

grarpamp grarpamp at gmail.com
Wed Aug 10 21:26:16 PDT 2022

Why Wokeness Is Doomed


Four Megatrends of Reality Have Become Impossible To Ignore

What we call “Wokeism” today has its roots in so-called “political
correctness” which goes back decades.

It began to accelerate in the early years of the 21st century, and
while it was always driven by left-wing, liberal, impulses, who seemed
to have the upper hand in culture and media; they still always feigned
powerlessness and victimhood. Even in 2012, at possibly the apogee of
the Liberal World Order, Paul Krugman wrote, with no sense of irony,

    “the big threat to our discourse is right-wing political
correctness, which – unlike the liberal version – has lots of power
and money behind it. And the goal is very much the kind of thing
Orwell tried to convey with his notion of Newspeak: to make it
impossible to talk, and possibly even think, about ideas that
challenge the established order.“

This victimhood-as-bedrock continues to this day, especially since
2016 when the unthinkable happened. Brexit and Trump (basically, a
backlash of populism) precipitated a full fledged psychotic break in
the progressive zeitgeist, which until that moment was consolidating
its hegemony.

Political correctness metastasized into terminal Wokeness, where all
aspects of discourse, popular culture and even public policy became
delineated into whether it meshed well with left-wing sanctimony, or

“Wokeness” takes the otherwise noble aspirations of egalitarianism and
stewardship and twists them into a dogma that provides a Trojan Horse
for despotism. The high priests of this mindset assert total moral
authority and claim an elevated consciousness over the infantile,
sub-human masses. Especially if those masses live in fly-over country,
hold blue-collar jobs or are otherwise un-credentialed and without

This ideology (a word invented by rudderless Jacobins who went to work
for Napoleon, helping him consolidate absolute power), translated well
into modern times. The “science of ideas” provides the camouflage of
choice for the totalitarian impulses of an elite class – increasingly
destined for secular, sclerotic decline under the weight of its own
corruption, internal contradictions and excess.

For years we (the contrarian, non-compliant “we”, the “racist”,
“fringe” we) have been sounding the alarm that the pillars of
“Wokethink”, such as “all or nothing”, emotional thinking,
catastrophizing and seven other markers, were highly congruent with
mental illness. Worse, they are detrimental and destructive to society
on a fundamental level.

Where many fear a coming, Davos-inspired technocracy of owning
nothing, eating bugs and living in the pod, I think the COVID pandemic
created an irreversible phase-shift. Where before we were headed for a
totalitarian dystopia that would ultimately fail, but probably last
for large swaths of our lifetimes, COVID (more accurately, the
overbearing policy response) created an inflection point in history.
Several decades of creeping authoritarianism was compressed into
eighteen months, and that was Too Much, Too Soon, for everyone.

Serious question.

My contention is that The Lockdown Era was the crescendo of Peak
Wokeness. Under the guise of a not-so-cataclysmic pandemic, the
moralizing and sermonizing reached fever pitch. Wokeness itself
degenerated into Mass Formation Psychosis on a global scale.

Only recently, in this year, has The True Cost of Wokeness begun to
make itself apparent:

    In Germany, where they shut down their nuclear reactors on
misguided environmental concerns, the citizenry there is now looking
at chopping down trees and burning the wood to remain warm this
winter. Residents are being told to take shorter showers. Large
commercial landlords are setting limits on thermostats and rationing
hot water. They’re restarting their coal plants.

    Sri Lanka, which embarked on a WEF-inspired campaign of
“sustainable” farming and stakeholder capitalism, collapsed into
anarchy as rioters stormed the presidential palace and drove the
government there into exile.

    Liberal run cities and states across the US are facing mass
exoduses of citizens, capital and tax revenue as their socially
motivated policies like “defund the police” cause them to descend into
chaos and criminality.

    Political leaders everywhere look more out-of-touch than ever as
they try to run economies and respond to geo-political events with
unhinged platitudes.

The list is endless, growing, and we are just into the early innings.
The Four Megatrends Exposing True Cost of Wokeness

Wokeness as an ideology will fail, it’s just a matter of how much
damage will it do to the rest of us before it collapses under its own
internal contradictions and failures.
#1 Wokeness is Inherently Unprofitable

The expression “Get Woke, go broke” is more than sardonic wit. It’s a
powerful meme that captures the essence of wokenomics’ never-ending

Whether it’s so-called “green energy” sources that have larger carbon
footprints than their hydrocarbon or nuclear counter-parts, or
Hollywood perpetually losing their shirt on “woke” reboots,
politically correct sitcoms or short-lived streaming channels,
Wokeness is economically unviable across the board.

    95% coal, actually. Love this clip. "The elEctrIcitY cOmeS fRoM
iNsIde tHe bUIldiNg!" https://t.co/hP2dgHn32e
    — Mark Jeftovic, The C̶r̶y̶p̶t̶o̶ ₿itcoin Capitalist (@StuntPope)
June 8, 2022

Without government subsidies there wouldn’t be a profitable “woke”
company anywhere and with governments increasingly teetering on the
edge of insolvency, the money spigot for the platitude industry may be
drying up fast.
#2 Conspicuous Hypocrisy of The High Priests of Wokeness

People are getting sick of being told they’re going to own nothing,
eat bugs and live in a pod in order to save the climate by people who
are flying around in private jets, lounging on super-yachts and dining
on grass fed beef.

    Here’s UN Climate Change ambassador Leonardo DiCaprio aboard a
315ft, £110 million superyacht, complete with a helipad and six decks
that spew out as much as your average car does in a year by sailing as
little as 7 miles. Remember that as you watch his climate catastrophe
movie. pic.twitter.com/jfSp95xXZa
    — Darren Grimes (@darrengrimes_) January 10, 2022

It goes beyond self-important celebrities or messianic politicians who
flagrantly live a “my rules are for other people” lifestyle. The
double-standard is so palpable and abrasive that to ignore it requires
hyper-normal rationalizations.

    Justin Trudeau lands in Costa Rica for holidays with his family
all unmasked in a private jet. You can see Trudeau’s unmasked wife
Sophie sneezing repeatedly into her hand before being
    — Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) August 6, 2022

#3 Negative Externalities Are Being Re-shored

If the well-meaning rank-and-file of the social justice warriors were
right about anything, it’s that the global economic system has been
rigged. Since at least the onset Bretton-Woods Era the developed,
industrial nations in orbit around the USA have been able to
externalize their negatives to the rest of the world (inflation,
conquest, etc) while leaching everybody else’s wealth and natural

This was “the exorbitant privilege” of running the world’s reserve
currency. But once the anchor to gold was severed in ’71, it began an
inexorable process of what people like Michael Greer call “catabolic

The perimeter of the economic leaching began to contract. Once the
80’s or so hit, began to hollow out the homelands of the developed
countries themselves.  We can see this dynamic when we look at how GDP
diverged from median earnings. If the working class didn’t really
participate in the GDP gains, who did?

This chart from a former Chief Economist at the World Bank Group isn’t
fully current, but if anything, the trends accelerated after 2015.

The table showing the stratification of wage growth does capture 2022
and we see what’s happening quite starkly:

He’s using data from Thomas Pikkety, who often argues for
redistribution schemes I oppose, but mainly for the reason that I
don’t trust policy makers to distribute anything  effectively, let
alone redistribute other people’s wealth.

But the point is clear, the globalist financial system is
“structurally unjust”. However this is not, as the social justice
warriors believe, because of systemic racism, or the patriarchy. It’s
because of a deeply flawed (rigged) financial system that enables
aristocratic elites to print value ex nihilo, and then distribute it
to their Cantillionaire cronies. As everybody should know by now, the
Cantillon Effect provides benefit from newly printed money for the
insiders, before it turns into inflationary cost-of-living increases
for everybody else.

The Cantillon Effect

Since The Lockdown Era (which is now being opportunistically pivoted
into intensified climate hysteria), this dynamic has only intensified
to blow-off top levels. We can see this in the trajectory of M2 money

Before the fiat currency era started, this economic leaching could
work when its effects were largely externalized to far off shores,
where it could be dolled up under the rubrics of “spreading democracy”
and “economic development”.

But now that the fiat currency system is eating itself (too much debt,
not enough actual productivity, supply chain failures), that thin scab
of elites that sits atop the global cap table now needs to somehow
convince the rabble that the most important thing in the world right
now is for everybody (else) to drastically ratchet down their standard
of living.

Wokeness looked perfect for this, except for one last problem:
#4 Wokeness is Inherently Self-Destructive

Once catabolic collapse had already started in earnest, it hit a
disorderly phase transition in COVID. The legacy of that chapter in
recent history has been so defined by failure that a crisis in
legitimacy has set in.

This has left policy-makers no choice but to double-down. Globalists
had to resort to a more intense, emotionally charged zeitgeist that
justifies running the rigged tables at much closer quarters: the ESG
movement was elevated to primacy.

This is now resulting in self-induced energy crises, supply chains
seizing up, and if this new obsession on demonizing fertilizer goes
well (for policy makers), global famine.

Rationalizations about climate emergencies aside, the underlying
reality is that we’re in a genuine Austrian-school style crack-up
boom. The global elites are facing a crisis in credibility and
desperate to ensure that they get to stay in charge after the whole
system derails.

It bears repeating: globalism, as exemplified by the likes of the
World Economic Forum is essentially a Malthusian and Marxist
philosophy. The reality behind all forms of collectivism  is that
collectivists create inclusive-sounding mythologies that are really
intended to apply to everybody else, not themselves.

The consequences of Woke-ism manifest in absurd policies that lead to
self-destruction. When everything is politicized, it becomes
impossible to correct a bad trajectory.  If undoing previous policy
errors means abandoning core tenets of the ideology, the policy makers
will choose destruction instead. Anything is better than loss of
credibility, especially it’s only the rabble that has to bear the
consequences for the policy-makers’ failures.

Here we arrive at why Woke-ism is ultimately doomed, because one of
its own internal contradictions is a glaring example of creating its
own headwinds:

The COVID pandemic was politicized beyond any rationality, and the
Woke are now fully committed to a course of action that could result
in incalculable damage to themselves and the public. Where vaccine
uptake is plummeting among the normies, (people who aren’t
ideologically committed  to COVID),  the most devoted, brainwashed
Covidians are continuing with rabid adherence to COVID as a religion:
including a desire for lockdowns, the more masks the better, and a
regimen of never-ending boosters.

For the longest time I thought the people who were talking in terms of
“Nuremberg 2” and “tribunals” were, in word, unhinged.

But when you look at official, vetted data, there is no sugar coating
it. The same way I became a lockdown skeptic by tracking the
government supplied numbers, and I knew by June 2020 that COVID was
not an existential threat. In this case the data coming out from
official vacine injury databases is painting just as stark a contrast
between reality and official narrative:

Via Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) with data sourced from CDC VAERS and
FDA FAERS databases

Somewhere along the line, “safe and effective” turned into “sudden and

Even if the economic and reality-based failures we’ve mentioned so far
were not enough to put an end to this, the Woke have gone too far with
hard-line vaccine policies. Too much, too young in this case. Trying
to jab children being the line in the sand for many adults.

I take no joy nor solace in pointing out that since the woke are truly
committed to these vaccines, they may actually be thinning themselves
out as the data and evidence continues to mount that the probability
of an adverse affect from the “cure” may exceed the risk of dying from
the disease itself, at least for adults under the age of 70 and
especially in children.

The public is catching on: despite the best efforts of the mainstream
media to demonize people asking questions about this as “anti-vaxxers”
and Big Tech duly co-operating through concerted deplatforming, public
compliance is rapidly dwindling (and the most boosted people among us
keep catching COVID).

In Canada, where 81% of the population received two doses in order to
be deemed “fully vaccinated”, we have the lowest uptake of boosters
throughout the entire G7. This despite Health Canada’s declared
intention to move the goalposts such that Canadians would be required
to get boosted every nine months.

That won’t happen, and the only people who will comply going forward
are the über-woke…

It’s a parody account, but it is hard to tell these days.

These four super-trends are converging to create a zeitgeist saturated
with hyper-normality and failure. As The True Cost of Wokeness plays
itself out with accelerating consequences, the logical conclusion is
that it will be abandoned en masse by a disgruntled populace feeling
increasingly betrayed.

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