We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This corporate hustle is the subject of a new, bestselling book called Woke Inc: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam by biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy. Ramaswamy makes the compelling case that “stakeholder capitalism” sounds like a good thing, but is in fact deeply damaging our democracy.
China may be the most prominent example of stakeholder capitalism gone awry, but it is hardly alone.
Any number of American corporations now lavishing untold sums of capital on diversity, inclusion and equity initiatives in the United States are eager to do business in countries with reprehensible human-rights records
..So persists an inescapable contradiction of stakeholder capitalism: All of these corporations have successfully rebranded themselves as good citizens, global stewards and combatants in the war against systemic racism, which has obviously proven good for business, but very bad for America, blurring the moral distinction between democracies and closed societies, between the free West and fear-based societies like China.
And because this business strategy is dressed in the garments of justice, it only compounds our innumerable confusions about what makes us us.
Bari's article is money. What really caught my attention is China's interest in BlackRock: who's been buying up residential properties all over America? Answer BlackRock.
Between buying up massive amounts of farmland, and now having a back door to put Chinese nationals in residential neighborhoods across America, you don't have to have the tinfoil hat on to think there's an agenda there, and that it's not in America's best interests.
Does anyone notice the similarities in theme between the Weiss "China" and Lindsay "Woke" articles? Using system rules against The System to accumulate power with the aim of de-legitimizing The System.
Lindsay's article can all be boiled down to this: It's all about who has the Power. And note: The gambit he describes works only on Progressive Liberals and polite conservatives. The strategies of banning all debate & discussion, the advent of Cancel Culture, and the politics of personal destruction are leading us to a dark place of incivility and ultimately, preemptive hostility.
Thank you for the Lindsay article about the Woke and debate. I had thought, as he describes at the beginning of the essay, that they are merely afraid of losing the argument and so avoid it. Yet I think his is the deeper understanding, that even engaging in debate is against their principles, for more than one reason.
It is reminiscent of one of the earliest bits of advice the demon Screwtape gives to his nephew Wormwood. It is better not to let the patient (his human to be tempted) engage in reasoning at all, because that is The Enemy's (who we would call God) territory. Better to remain in the realm of fashion, or emotion, or impression.
Conservatives have always done this much less, being more immune to fashion and insult. That has never been absolute, but the trend has been there. Trying to shame us has less effect than it does on liberals. We shrug. But we do this at times as well, and I am determined to call us to account for it also. Many longstanding rules of discussion and debate have evaporated on the right in the last year or two.
Assistant Village Idiot
I would be pleased if you delved further on this matter at the AVI. Hope to see new posts there soon….
Thank you for noticing, and thank you for your kind words. I am quite frustrated at present and not posting. It is uncertain what I will be doing in the future. I do have a secret other blog that I have not used since 2016, and may do something there, by invitation.
Apparently 8000 posts have not been enough to get even intelligent, generally reasonable people to question their priors, or perhaps, resist going with what those around them are saying, whether it is sensible or not. From Lindsay's comments about epistemology I was reminded that many, many people are eventually overwhelmed by the data of what they see and hear about, unable to remember that they have curated that knowledge by who they see and who they read. Thus, because they do not work in hospitals nor know people staffing the ICU's, they believe we are not merely on the downhill side of covid dangers (which we probably are) but fully past all but residual dangers, which is emphatically not so. ICUs are full of covid patients, even in NH, one of the least-affected states, and nurses are resigning in droves all over Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. But people would rather get outraged over school districts requiring masks. Ah, here I go ranting again. You see the problem I have. My own fault for being unable to let things be, I suppose.
Assistant Village Idiot
Some of my in-law and step grandchildren are sympathetic to wokeness. You always strike us as a voice of Judeo-Christian rationality. The insights from AVI may help me to augment my deficient quality of debate skills. Maybe something you post will give me persuasive comments to make, or at least provide me with understanding.
Interesting timing of your link, Bruce. A couple hours earlier my friend gave me a copy of the August 2021 Mindszenty Report. The headline: Corporate America's Role in the Progressive Takeover. Wherein Vivek's new book is mentioned. So, twice in a matter of a couple hours from very different sources this person's work crosses my desk. Hmmm...
If you are unfamiliar with Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation you might give it a looksee. Interesting man and life.