Great Awokening

Leithart | 9/24/2018 | Staff
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Bo and Ben Winegard analyze today’s “Great Awokening” as a religious movement. They deploy the categories of sacredness and purity, priestly privilege, sin, atonement, and absolution to explain “Wokeness” as a religious movement and a status system.

They admit to that “many of their moral concerns are entirely legitimate,” but admit to skepticism about some claims about contemporary American culture. It doesn’t matter to the analysis, though. They insist that “Even if its claims were entirely true, one could still fruitfully approach it from a status systems’ perspective.” The problem is that the legitimate moral concerns will be overwhelmed by the status system.

Sum - Wokeness - Status - System - Elites

In sum., Wokeness is “a status system that functions predominantly to distinguish white elites from the white masses (whom we will call hoi polloi).” It provides “rich signalling vocabulary for traits and possessions such as education, intelligence, openness, leisure, wealth, and cosmopolitanism, all of which educated elites value.”

Preachers in the Great Awokening “obtain status because they (a) signal the possession of desired traits and (b) promulgate a powerful narrative that legitimizes the status disparity between white elites and hoi polloi.” Wokeness is a Pelagian faith. The Woke “are morally righteous and therefore deserve status, whereas hoi polloi are morally backward and deserve obloquy and derision.”

Authors - Woke - Faith - Propositions

The authors summarize the Woke faith in five propositions:

1)All demographic groups are roughly biologically the same (which we have termed cosmic egalitarianism elsewhere).


2) Bigotry is pervasive.

3) Almost all disparities among demographic groups are caused by bigotry.


4) If we all work really hard, we can create a more just, multicultural society.

5) Diversity is almost always a good thing.

Number - Explanation - Disparities - Causes - Bigotry

Number 2 is key, a universal explanation: If you think that disparities might have causes other than bigotry, you’re a bigot; if you think that there might be downsides to certain kinds of diversity, you’re a bigot; if you...
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