Wake up before it’s too late

The word “woke” in its political meaning is relatively new in English vocabulary, and, judging by how young it is, it has achieved a status it has never deserved.

That’s the trouble: it is no longer a Middle English form of week. And it is no longer past tense and past participle of wake, either.

The New York Times (who else?) published an essay by William Melvin Kelley in 1962: that’s where you can find the word in its today’s meaning for the first time.

Merriam-Webster added the word to its dictionary in 2017. Its definition: “aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice).”

The Oxford Dictionary followed suit almost immediately afterwards. So far as they were concerned, the word meant “originally: well-informed, up-to-date. Now chiefly: alert to racial or social discrimination and injustice.”

Did you notice how both of these publishers trod carefully, without even hinting that something more evil than just pure social justice may be afoot?

Merriam-Webster dug a bit deeper: “Woke is a slang term that is easing into the mainstream from some varieties of a dialect called African American Vernacular English (sometimes called AAVE). In AAVE, awake is often rendered as woke, as in, ‘I was sleeping, but now I’m woke.’ ”

This abuse of the English language has first appeared 60 years ago, but it’s only now that it has become an overwhelming war-cry of all powers that agree with Sir Winston Churchill’s statement that democracy is the worst kind of government known to humankind. Woke proponents avoid with unbecoming ease the second part: but show us anything that’s better. But who cares?

Case of the day

American podcaster (another relatively new word) Joe Rogan does not hide behind the skirt of political correctness. He is opinionated all right, and he’s also very direct in stating the facts as he sees them.

And, more often than not, he sees those facts for what they are: real facts. He can hardly care less that saying that the King is naked may offend some.

In this context, given that it happened to be a child making the observation in the famous Hans Christian Andersen tale, it may have offended the many pedophiles who reside in high places in these days.

As the saying goes: retired whores are the worst prudes of all.

The angry politically correct cancel and woke crowd have compiled a video that accuses Rogan of an unspeakable crime: he used the dreaded N-word somewhere, some time ago.

Now, in their sheer illiteracy, they must have forgotten that there exist quite a few other languages on this planet, not only English (that they haven’t mastered too well, either, anyway). The dreaded N-word, Negro, describes the colour of a person’s skin. Nothing more, and nothing less. And whoever has any kind of a problem with that, has a problem.

But: the woke gang believe they are justified to take anything someone says or does out of context, and criticise and shame them for it.

That’s the considered opinion of Wokal Distance, an expert in postmodernism and critical theory, and a fellow at the Center for Renewing America.

His real name is Michael Young. Wokal Distance is his Twitter pseudonym.

His view goes straight to the point: “When Joe Rogan says, ‘But I’m not a racist,’ and he tries to give the context for what he said, what do we do? We say: impact, not intent. It doesn’t matter what you meant, Joe. It matters how we’re interpreting it, and we’re allowed to do that.’ ” That’s what Young (a.k.a. Distance) said in a recent interview on the Epoch TV network, and his description was right on the money.

Nothing new

Postmodernism and critical theory have been metastasing like cancer into American (and, later, Canadian) education, media and culture since (at least) the 1960s.

More from that Young (a.k.a. Distance) interview: “Critical theory says that the assumptions and presuppositions our society rests on need to be criticized ruthlessly.

“And so that’s everything from reasoning, logic, beliefs, tradition, practices — anything that our society has produced needs to be critiqued along these lines.”

He elaborated with what should be known as academic precision: “If you think about postmodernism as being like a solvent or an acid, when you throw the acid onto the piece of metal, the metal doesn’t just evaporate like that, it takes time. The dissolving of objective truth isn’t an overnight process, but it’s been chipped away at, it’s been rusting slowly.”

Who are those guys?

A group of German Marxists, part of the Goethe University’s Institute for Social Research (Institut für Sozialforschung) that opened in 1929, have been claiming that they based their teachings on Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud (in that order).

They would become known as the Frankfurt School (Frankfurter Schule). Not many have raised their eyebrows over the peculiar, strange, even, selection of their scientific models (a philosopher, a self-anointed economist, and a neurologist-turned-psychologist), but many acknowledge them as the founders of what they used to (and still do) call critical theories.

Dissatisfied with the contemporary socio-economic systems of the 1930s which they and their own friends and adherents helped establish in the then-Weimar Republic, their efforts would eventually help Adolf Hitler’s Nazis achieve power. Doesn’t matter whether that was their wish or objective. It remains a fact. Hitler, ungraciously unappreciative as was his wont, didn’t like them one bit: Marxists and, to add insult to injury, most of them Jewish.

With Germany’s borders still relatively open at the time, almost all of the Frankfurter Schule faculty made the best of one of their last chances, escaping to Great Britain and, even more importantly, to the United States. These two countries, still unaware that democracy deserves to be defended, accepted them. They also allowed them to return to their work, little realising that they had just planted cancerous cells into their social fabric.

More from Young (a.k.a. Distance): “They (Frankfurter Schule disciples) forged a tool or discipline or way of doing analysis called critical theory.

“The underlying assumption of critical theory is that we are being dominated or oppressed by our society. So, questioning the legitimacy of every single aspect of our civilization is deemed necessary to achieve liberation from all of the oppression.”

Young (a.k.a. Distance) quoted philosopher Max Horkheimer, a member of the Frankfurter Schule, as writing that critical theory can’t just have any direction of moral vision, the moral vision must be geared toward the ‘emancipation’ quote of human beings.

That’s what Marxist theories are all about. Some have coined a new name for them, Neo-Marxist, but that’s just playing with words. The idea remains the same: divide the society along lines that you have defined, be they based on class so far as ownership of production goes, or along different skin colours. It’s called identity politics in both cases and it is based on the good old Latin Divide et Impera (Divide and Rule).

Do Philip II of Macedon’s descendants, if there are any, still collect royalties from the rest of the world for using these immortal words?

As Young (a.k.a. Distance), and as these Marxists put it, some are oppressors and some are oppressed. The former deserve punishment, the latter, liberation.

And it’s the woke Marxists who decide who deserves what, based on their position within the existing patriarchal, sexist, straight, racist, you name it whatever society.

Joe Rogan’s case is but one example.

It would be a crime to just shrug and walk away, saying, ah what, podcasters are fighting it amongst themselves for better position and, accordingly, more lavish income.

Political correctness, with its cancel and woke cultures, poses a present and mortal danger to humanity.

The faster we realise it, the more chance of survival we will have.

If we don’t, saying that everyone’s entitled to an opinion, we’ll soon find out that we no longer are. But, by then, it will be too late to turn the clock of history back.

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