One would have to be living in a cave if you haven’t been aware of a new term called “woke” that has made it into our modern cultural and political lexicon. It would be useful to explore this “woke” ideology relative to conservatism to see what the basic principled differences are.
Let’s first start with a few definitions.
Conservatism in terms of a label has been around a lot longer than the label “woke.” Here, here and here are a few resources on conservatism to get you started on understanding its definition. But “woke” is a relatively new label, though the ideology has been around a long time, once we understand its definition better.
… aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice). We will only succeed if we reject the growing pressure to retreat into cynicism and hopelessness. We have a moral obligation to “stay woke,” take a stand, and be active, challenging injustices and racism in our communities and fighting hatred and discrimination wherever it rises.
A more critical view of “wokeism” states:
“Woke” is a Marxist-inspired movement that started off with well-intentioned people that wanted to stop racism and social injustice. It has now morphed into a cult that seeks to silence all of those that disagree. At first, using social humiliation, but now graduating to violence through Antifa and Black Lives Matter riots.
“Wokeism” demands equity, not equality. It seeks to destroy all norms, redefine words, and destroy objective science to create a Marxist Utopia. Instead of reducing racism, this new anti-racism is just racism by a different name.
The Babylon Bee had a rather amazing guide to being “woke:”
- Carefully choose your pronouns and then scream them at everyone you meet: Whenever you go to Costco, loudly scream your pronouns in shoppers’ faces. If anyone refuses to celebrate your pronouns, smash a giant box of pretzels over their head and call the manager.
- Select the most oppressed identity possible: Test people’s loyalty to the cause by identifying as a walrus and cancel anyone who doesn’t make walrus noises every time they see you.
- Compare everything to Nazis: Compare everything to Nazis (as long as you’re a Democrat. If you’re a Republican, this might get you fired).
- Learn to hate the right people: Hate is good when directed at the correct targets. All you have to do is follow the guidelines of a mentally ill Twitter mob who will help steer your hate in the right direction!
- Pre-order David Hogg’s Good Pillow: You want to sleep at night, don’t you??
- Classify everyone according to their race and not as an individual: Always loudly acknowledge the skin color of every person you talk to and make it the main subject of the conversation.
- If you are white, do not have any black friends: This may trick you into thinking you aren’t racist.
- To help atone for our racist past, try some casual segregation: Create safe spaces where everyone is segregated by race, gender, and gender identity. It’s the only way to achieve unity. Anyone who objects to this is racist.
- Vote for policies that sound virtuous, no matter how much they actually harm people of color: Always vote for policies with virtuous-sounding names, even if they destroy black and brown communities. Appearance is everything!
- Always have extremely low expectations of minorities: Be sure to constantly remind them they can never overcome their circumstances without your help.
- Abandon religion and instead accept everything the woke crowd believes without question: Your religious beliefs are at odds with others. You should fix that and accept Wokism. Repeat after us: WOKISM IS NOT A CULT. WOKEISM IS NOT A CULT. WOKEISM IS NOT A CULT. WOKEISM IS NOT A CULT. WOKEISM IS NOT A CULT.
- Achieve inner peace by constantly beating yourself up for not doing better: Place a hard yoke, and a heavy lifelong burden upon yourself that will never be satisfied and that will never offer grace, forgiveness, or rest.
To know whether you are “woke” or not, click here for an online test. Place your results in this article’s comment section and virtue signal your “wokeism” to the world. But let’s get a little more serious and break down “wokeism” vs. conservativism and understand the basic principled differences.
What “woke” people believe:
- Any speech or thoughts that are negative towards identified affected groups, regardless of their behavior, is not allowed and is considered hate speech. Whether this improves society is not important, rather achieving equity is the paramount goal.
- Both government and private institutions should heavily regulate and enforce this process via “cancel culture.” “Cancel Culture” can take a variety of forms, including; ostracism, censorship, removal from organizations, job loss, and even imprisonment.
What conservatives believe:
- Through freedom of speech and freedom of association, one is allowed to praise or criticize other behaviors. Through this iron-sharpening iron process, society improves.
- Though sometimes this process can be challenging, the government should have little or no role in its regulation of the process – rather it should be left up to individuals in the “free market” of ideas to self-regulate.
Even more precisely stated: “wokeism” requires tyranny from authority. Something that has been around for millennia. Conservativism requires freedom with individual liberty. Liberty has led to the elimination of monarchies, dictatorships, slavery, women’s rights, resulting in great societal improvements we enjoy today. Tyranny tends to always lead to conflict, enslavement, and in extreme cases, genocide.
Which ideological approach would you prefer?