Wokeness

 

“There are two central tenets of the woke philosophy. The first is feigned fragility. The second is angry intolerance. The union of fragility and intolerance has given us that curious and malevolent hybrid, the crybully, a delicate yet venomous species that thrives chiefly in lush, pampered environments.”

— Roger Kimball, as quoted in Roger Kimball: Restoring the Lost Consensus  (Scott Johnson, Powerline, 25 May 2019)

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There are 15 comments.

  1. Arahant Member

    The crybully really isn’t all that new. The strategy just works better in today’s environment.

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    • May 25, 2019, at 8:57 AM PDT
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  2. AchillesLastand Member

    Thanks for posting this – you beat me to it.

    So many great things in Roger’s piece…

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    • May 25, 2019, at 9:47 AM PDT
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  3. Mim526 Member

    This type of woke American and their related end-justifies-means behavior/actions cousins on the Left is part of what crossed my mind writing a Memorial Day post earlier today. As we remember those who’ve lost their lives fighting to preserve the freedoms the crybullies enjoy, I consider not giving in to the Leftist PC group think here at home part of being the kind of American worth our military’s fighting for.

    Besides praying for them (an exercise I find necessary to ensuring my despising what they do and stand for does not veer into hatred of a fellow American as a person), as with all bullies the next best thing we could do for them is tell them “No.” No, we don’t agree and will neither be forced into agreement nor staying silent. No in our communities — where we worship, work, and socialize. No at the ballot box.

    No, refusing to concede is not winning. No, it is neither voter fraud to require voter ID nor voter disenfranchisement if you do not get to keep finding and counting votes past legal deadlines. No to making the USA another Socialist cesspool or equating a desire for ordered, legal immigration with racism/misogyny/bigotry.

    No to the loss of due process and innocence until proven guilty. No to far reaching government intrusion, overly aggressive prosecutors, and activist judges that erode our Bill of Rights. No, you will not mainstream late term abortions as birth control or a woman’s right. No, you will not demonize wealth or decimate the work force by demanding a “living wage” for entry-level or low skill jobs.

    That the knuckleheads do not appear at all willing to accept “No” is not my problem and will not deter me from repeating “NO. You have gone too far and may go no further.”

    Apologies for the long comment (awright…rant). Realize I’m preaching to the choir here. Though if there’s a time to be exercising the hard won right to freedom of speech, it’s Memorial Day. Okay, raw uncut rant it is…no edits.😊

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    • May 25, 2019, at 11:52 AM PDT
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  4. Addiction Is A Choice Member

    Mark Camp:

    …the crybully, a delicate yet venomous species that thrives chiefly in lush, pampered environments…

    HAHAHAHAHAHA

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    • May 25, 2019, at 12:44 PM PDT
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  5. Joe Boyle Member

    Sodomy is virtuous behavior. Up is down. Down is up.You’ re a bigot if you disagree. Mayor Pete brags about his marriage and there’s not word of criticism. I think we’re over the edge.

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    • May 25, 2019, at 4:07 PM PDT
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  6. The Reticulator Member

    I learned a new phrase today: “The Great Awokening.” It’s in this article at Quillette, which seems to be quite good so far.

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    • May 25, 2019, at 6:21 PM PDT
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  7. Eridemus Coolidge

    Can we have some more minor “no’s”?

    No to pretending “curvy” can mean land whales are “beautiful” (speaking as a non-ideal human specimen myself). Same for pretending that tattoos and piercings are not carrying negative implications on hidden values when they are self-inflicted.

    No to letting all manufactured degree holders being entitled to complain about not making top salaries?

    No to saying all of one sex should vote against their own children of the other sex when it comes to assignment of guilt based on unverified accusations?

    No to looking the other way when undocumented populations soak up social safety network resources and push out (born to country) equally needy people?

    No to excusing the lenient policies of city authorities that lure loafing along with desperate people into unparepared urban infrastructure, and the unsafe pileups that result? (Subheading: No to the constant use of such facilities as libraries for day time parking of same to the detriment of traditional facility users)?

    No to regional judges being empowered to halt and effectively overturn by obstructing with legal delays the actions taken by nationally-elected executives behaving in sync with set precedents (same for congressional “investigations” based on nothing but dislike of the executive)?

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    • May 26, 2019, at 6:57 AM PDT
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  8. Barfly Member

    Eridemus (View Comment):

    Can we have some more minor “no’s”?

    No to pretending “curvy” can mean land whales are “beautiful” (speaking as a non-ideal human specimen myself). Same for pretending that tattoos and piercings are not carrying negative implications on hidden values when they are self-inflicted.

    No to letting all manufactured degree holders being entitled to complain about not making top salaries?

    No to saying all of one sex should vote against their own children of the other sex when it comes to assignment of guilt based on unverified accusations?

    No to looking the other way when undocumented populations soak up social safety network resources and push out (born to country) equally needy people?

    No to excusing the lenient policies of city authorities that lure loafing along with desperate people into unparepared urban infrastructure, and the unsafe pileups that result? (Subheading: No to the constant use of such facilities as libraries for day time parking of same to the detriment of traditional facility users)?

    No to regional judges being empowered to halt and effectively overturn by obstructing with legal delays the actions taken by nationally-elected executives behaving in sync with set precedents (same for congressional “investigations” based on nothing but dislike of the executive)?

    I used to be always looking for the theme but these days it hits you in the face. Every issue you cite is a case of explicit, willed betrayal. That’s what they do – they betray. Betrayal is the Rosetta stone that explains the woke.

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    • May 26, 2019, at 11:07 AM PDT
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  9. Hoyacon Member

    The first is feigned fragility. The second is angry intolerance.

    OK, I just finished a delicious Bloody Mary with a touch of Old Bay seasoning, so I now have the nerve to add a qualification to the great Roger Kimball. I’m not convinced that the “fragility” is truly “feigned” among many. I’ve long felt that the “angry intolerance” is (at least in part) a manifestation of deep-seeded feelings of inferiority/insecurity (or fragility, if you prefer).

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    • May 26, 2019, at 11:39 AM PDT
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  10. Yehoshua Ben-Eliyahu Coolidge

    Arahant (View Comment):
    The crybully really isn’t all that new

    Anyone who has raised children can vouch for that.

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    • May 26, 2019, at 11:46 AM PDT
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  11. Eridemus Coolidge

    Another one:

    No to claiming that wearing a hijab or similar head wrap must be “respected” as a personal and religious choice when in reality when accompanied with tight jeans etc. it is just a political show of wanting the freedoms given in a democracy mixed with a right to display solidarity with dissenters who may not be enemies, but are certainly less than loyal to its basic principles.

    @Barfly:

    It’s all about taking down relatively minor areas of agreement one by one until only the fight over basic scaffolding of the society is left to fight for, peeling off subgroups along the way and eroding the faith and confidence of the main defenders. All this while claiming these bogus postures are in the tradition of some earlier basic issues (related to real human equality) that didn’t really get championed by the same forces who claim to have inherited that banner.

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    • May 26, 2019, at 12:29 PM PDT
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  12. Barfly Member

    Eridemus (View Comment):
    It’s all about taking down relatively minor areas of agreement one by one until only the fight over basic scaffolding of the society is left to fight for, peeling off subgroups along the way and eroding the faith and confidence of the main defenders. All this while claiming these bogus postures are in the tradition of some earlier basic issues (related to real human equality) that didn’t really get championed by the same forces who claim to have inherited that banner.

    That’s what happens observably, but I have an important nit to pick – that’s not what “it’s all about.” If we want to understand, not just observe, what happens so that we might figure out how to influence events, we have to recognize there is no particular leftist entity that makes strategic plans to peel off minor areas until the scaffolding is bare, or to run a long attritional campaign against social mores. These things happen because they emerge from the actions of many similar individuals acting under similar pressures, according to their individual (but common) nature.

    I’m saying that individuals of the left display a common behavioral trait – they betray their group. An individual lefty selects the most divisive position he safely can, which usually means carving off a relatively small slice of the group over some “relatively minor areas”. The smaller, identifiably distinct group can then be made outcast, elevating the lefty. They appear to cooperate, but they’re really just all doing the same thing according to their same natures, all subject to the same social constraints.

    Leftism is a dynamic system and therefore unstable. Hmm.

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    • May 26, 2019, at 4:56 PM PDT
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  13. Eridemus Coolidge

    @Barfly:

    Oh, I agree there wasn’t some secret cave where some wizards or ogres met to set this in motion with a master plan. It just became convenient to fan the flames wherever they saw any to exploit, but I have a hard time not believing that the “massaging” that the press gives to some stories isn’t about fitting an overall narrative (often before the facts are known). In that scenario, the west, conservatives, etc. are the “meanies” who stand in the way off full “emancipation” (being cast as having a secret cave of their own where they worship “material greed” and connive to keep themselves in power).

    But we have always had malcontents. I wonder if what happened is that there were some legitimate wrongs in the early industrial revolution, and in the transition away from being peasants, the urban underclasses got harnassed into supporting more than the ending of child labor, etc.? Leftists kept chosing new grievances to champion, keeping the discontent ever churning. But I’m not enough of a historian to link this all together. Maybe the instability will just show up (whole thing burn out) when there aren’t any sizeable enough patches left of aggrieved people? And we have perhaps gotten close, hence their longing to lure in new streams of immigrants, which nearly always have a rough time for awhile. The problem is that there is so much wasted energy in the endless debates, lawsuits, and general noise that an outside enemy might hope it could take down the whole.

    I’m not sure I see the betrayal part. I think the agitators actually see themselves as visionaries and heroes. They may shame the rest of their group into going along with them but they never get a full 100% and the rest of the (outside) population usually just grants some portion of their demands, and then draws a line and moves on. (Which may be our basis of survival – tolerance not granted in mullah run societies but a shortage of enough fringe groups to bring down the whole). I think that accomodation may have happened with trans people getting the right to serve, just not granted their agenda of surgeries in the military, for example.

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    • May 26, 2019, at 5:18 PM PDT
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  14. Barfly Member

    Eridemus (View Comment):
    It just became convenient to fan the flames wherever they saw any to exploit

    Right. They’re quicker to jump in on another’s betrayal than to create their own because it’s safer and easier.

    Eridemus (View Comment):
    But I’m not enough of a historian to link this all together.

    I propose the chain of links you find would be a dialectic: one betrayal alters the landscape a little, creating new opportunities for betrayal. But that social aspect is just half of it; there still must be a treacherous individual to take up that opportunity.

    Eridemus (View Comment):
    But we have always had malcontents.

    Yeah, why is it so bad now? Because leftism has been running for over a century and it’s inherently corrosive. Complex systems don’t always fail smoothly; Obama’s tenure was a real black swan event; we gave a malignant socialist 8 years to seed his poison. I realize that’s not saying much. The system is more than its actors, it’s rather their network. We still have to figure out the links, but I think that individual betrayal characterizes the nodes.

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    • May 26, 2019, at 6:12 PM PDT
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  15. Unsk Member

    Hoyacon ” I’m not convinced that the “fragility” is truly “feigned” among many. I’ve long felt that the “angry intolerance” is (at least in part) a manifestation of deep-seeded feelings of inferiority/insecurity (or fragility, if you prefer).”

    Ya I tend to agree. I tend to think that at an deep seeded emotional level your typical lefty sees themselves as this perpetual victim still aggrieved from some long ago likely Junior or Senior High failure to be looked upon as one of the popular kids or some such social slight that has always haunted them and has been magnified over time in their mind ever since. The whole victimology fragility/ angry intolerance ploy is like some long repressed need to angrily settle this score emotionally against a perceived class of people who they think did not accept them as they thought they should be. This need to strike back is like a wound that will never heal and is still festering and still hurting after all these years, and which constantly needs to be fed to relieve the hurt.

    The Left sees themselves as individuals in some emotional way as victims and that is why they always want to take the side of the politically correct “victim” no matter what the real truth is.

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    • May 26, 2019, at 6:19 PM PDT
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