Woke culture is a dangerous form of decadence that the West simply cannot afford. This sentiment has been echoed by a UK conservative party chairman as he declared that woke psychodrama actually weakens the West at a time like the present.
The United States and the United Kingdom cannot continue to participate in the Left’s “painful woke psychodrama,” which is hurting the West at a time when it is facing serious foreign threats, according to the head of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party, reports The Epoch Times.
“Woke” ideology, according to Oliver Dowden, is a “dangerous form of decadence” at an age when “our attention should be focused on external foes,” according to a lecture given at the Heritage Foundation in Washington.
“Rogue states are seeking to challenge the international order,” he said. “And at the precise point when our resolve ought to be
“It goes by many names. In Britain, its adherents sometimes describe themselves as ‘social justice warriors.’ They claim to be ‘woke,’ awakened to the so-called truths of our societies. But wherever they are found, they pursue a common policy inimical to freedom.” strongest, a pernicious new ideology is sweeping our societies.”
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The West, according to Dowden, must not be “obsessing over pronouns or attempting to decolonise mathematics.”
One of the perverse aspects of the “woke” worldview is that it “the imperial West is always at fault,” he said. “If all we hear is that our societies are monstrous, unjust, and oppressive, why on earth would anyone fight to sustain them?”
Dowden said “woke” ideology is now absolutely everywhere. “It’s in our universities, but also in our schools. In government bodies, but also in corporations. In social science faculties, but also in the hard sciences.”
It’s a “dangerous form of decadence” that the West simply cannot afford, he said.
“Just when our attention should be focused on external foes, we seem to have entered this period of extreme introspection and self-criticism. And it really does threaten to sap our societies of their own self-confidence.
“Just when we should be showcasing the vitality of our values, and the strength of democratic societies, we seem to be willing to abandon those values for the sake of appeasing this new groupthink.”
Dowden claimed that the West had become “obsessed by what divides us rather than what unites us.”
“We conservatives are on the side of people who believe that we are a force for good in the world. The U.S. and the UK may certainly be very different societies, but we are joined by the same fundamental values. Neither of us can afford the luxury of indulging in this painful woke psychodrama.”
He added: “Too many people have already fallen for the dismal argument that standing up for freedom is reactionary or that somehow it’s kind or virtuous to submit to these self-righteous dogmas. Well, it plainly is not.”
Despite the growth of cancel culture on college campuses, Dowden stated that the UK government “will stop the sinister phenomenon of academics or students who offend Left-wing orthodoxies being suppressed or harassed.”
“Today, a social media mob can cancel you merely because you have dared to challenge one of the Left’s fashionable nostrums. So conservatives themselves must find the confidence to mount a vigorous defence of the value of a free society,” he said.