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Tyler Cowen

What’s Wrong With Wokeism

America needs a more convincing and practical vision of how to undo institutional rot.

Wokeism in Canada, January 2017. 

Wokeism in Canada, January 2017. 

Photographer: Cole Burston/Bloomberg

Why is “wokeism” such a widespread and growing ideology? I’ve read many criticisms of it over the last two years, and I agree with most of them. Yet they don’t go very far in explaining why the numerous excesses of the woke movement persist.

The end result is depressing: The proposed antidote to America’s institutional sclerosis is an ideology that is at least as stupid and inflexible as the institutions themselves.