Indulge a humble blogger by taking five minutes to watch this clip:
We’re witnessing an unWoke left in its seminal stages. After squirming and writhing, Dylan Ratigan and Jimmy Dore begrudgingly and implicitly concede that Wokeness + Power = Invincibility.
It’s not just the 19 year-old cashier at McDonald’s who liked an edgy 4chan meme that the neo-liberal establishment can crush (take that, capitalist scum!). Real progressives–Ratigan, Cenk Uygur, Bernie Sanders, to name a few–can also be dispatched at will by a well placed Woke shot. Meanwhile neo-liberals who’ve committed more serious sins of unWokeness–Joe Biden, Ralph Northam, Justin Trudeau, to name a few more–have to secure a cheap indulgence at most. They often get a free pass altogether.
The Bible of Woke is complex. It’s as ever-changing as the federal tax code. If the clerisy want to pin a violation on someone, they’ll be able to do it, no matter how steadfast and faithful the person’s devotion to the Church of Woke has been.
The unWokening will come in fits and starts. Dore’s full interview with Ratigan, which was released to podcatchers earlier in the week, doesn’t appear on the eponymous show’s YouTube page. A truncated version of the interview does, but it cuts out the above exchange. I had to rummage up an account with 35 subscribers to get the relevant clip.
Even after having been put through the wringer for what he described as the worst experience in his life, Ratigan still felt compelled to prostrate himself in front of the altar, insisting that though it chewed him up and spit him out–along with countless other faceless men of lesser prominence whose stories will never enter the public consciousness but who suffered all the same–he’s the strongest MeToo supporter of all. The process got corrupted is all–real MeToo has never been tried!
If and until progressives can dispense with Woke worship, serious challenges to the existing power structure will continue to come almost exclusively from the disaffected right.