There is something familiar about the rise of woke supremacy.
We’ve seen moral panics like this many times across American history erupting in the Eastern states which have produced generations of millenarian lunatics, utopian dreamers, fanatics, zealots and religious hypocrites bent on imposing conformity and trampling on the rights of everyone else who lives in this country who are the EVIL oppressors standing in the way of the perfection of the world. The great EVIL of the age changes across history. The perverse mentality that gives rise to it though is perennial.
“The highflying Yankee rhetoric of Emerson and Hillary Rodham Clinton has a nether side, which has its historical origins in the “Burnt Over District.” The “Burnt Over District” was well known to antebellum Americans. Emersonian notions bore strange fruit in the central regions of New York State settled by the overflow of poorer Yankees from New England. It was “Burnt Over” because it (along with a similar area in northern Ohio) was swept over time and again by post-millennial revivalism. Here preachers like Charles G. Finney began to confuse Emerson’s future state of perfection with Christianity, and God’s plan for humanity with American chosenness.
If this were true, then anything that stood in the way of American perfection must be eradicated. The threatening evil at various times was liquor, tobacco, the Catholic Church, the Masonic order, meat-eating, marriage. Within the small area of the Burnt Over District and within the space of a few decades was generated what historians have misnamed the “Jacksonian reform movement:” Joseph Smith received the Book of Mormon from the Angel Moroni; William Miller began the Seventh Day Adventists by predicting, inaccurately, the end of the world; the free love colony of John Humphrey Noyes flourished at Oneida; the first feminist convention was held at Seneca Falls; and John Brown, who was born in Connecticut, collected accomplices and financial backers for his mass murder expeditions.
It was in this milieu that abolitionism, as opposed to the antislavery sentiment shared by many Americans, including Southerners, had its origins. Abolitionism, despite what has been said later, was not based on sympathy for the black people nor on an ideal of natural rights. It was based on the hysterical conviction that Southern slaveholders were evil sinners who stood in the way of fulfillment of America’s divine mission to establish Heaven on Earth. It was not the Union that our Southern forefathers seceded from, but the deadly combination of Yankee greed and righteousness. …
Since the Confederate surrender, the Yankee has always been a strong and often dominant force in American society, though occasionally tempered by Southerners and other representatives of Western civilization in America. In the 1960s the Yankee had one of his periodic eruptions of mania such as he had in the 1850s. Since then, he has managed to destroy a good part of the liberty and morals of the American peoples. It remains to be seen whether his conquest is permanent or whether in the future we may be, at least to some degree, emancipated from it.”
The great EVIL of the Great Awokening which has to be stamped out so that Heaven on Earth can be created by the Elect is the concept of two genders, patriarchy and masculinity, borders, law enforcement and whiteness. In particular, we are seeing the word “White” being transformed into a curse word. “Male” is also being hurled as an accusation and epithet now. It is a bannable offense to “misgender” or “deadname” someone on Twitter because the traditional view on gender is now considered hate speech.
“Woke” is a religion. That’s been affirmatively determined by dozens of smart observers, including New York magazine columnist Andrew Sullivan. He recently described what he called “the cult of social justice, whose followers show the same zeal as any born-again Evangelical. They are filling the void that Christianity once owned[.]” …
Love of others is not a tenet of Wokeism, which turns this law on its head. In the world of woke, brutality is the name of the game. Insults, canceling, doxxing — all are considered virtuous acts that somehow enhance one’s moral standing. It’s preposterous, but the woke derive a perverse kind of spiritual satisfaction from pointing out the splinters in the eyes of others.
It is manifestly the case that enthusiastically calling out the flaws is others isn’t virtuous, but rather is an illness. As often as not, condemning others as racist, sexist, or homophobic is nothing more than a symptom. …
Sullivan describes succinctly the third “commonality of the zealot then and now”: their utter lack of a sense of humor. This aspect of woke has been witnessed many times, including the refusal of significant numbers of comedians to perform on college campuses. …”
They are awful and miserable people.
They are the most intolerant, rude, humorless, unfriendly, hypocritical, self-righteous SOBs in the country. These people will spend countless hours of their time monitoring and surveilling you, combing through your entire life history on the internet (and often even those of your relatives) in order to catch you saying the wrong word or “liking” the wrong post. Then you will notice how they will announce their discovery of your breach of etiquette in triumph to their friends who will all swarm you and try to “get” you. They used to hound people out of New England this way which is why Rhode Island exists.
Ibram X. Kendi who is a woke black based in Boston, which is hardly a coincidence, and who is backed by the political establishment and whose ideas about systematic racism and “racial equity” is such a powerful influence on the Biden administration wants to liberate America from whiteness now.
“BOSTON — Ibram X. Kendi and Bina Venkataraman met last summer when their big Boston institutions, Boston University and The Boston Globe, were grappling with protests over racial justice.
Ms. Venkataraman, the editor of The Globe’s editorial page, asked Dr. Kendi, the author of a book called “How to Be an Antiracist,” why he decided to found the Center for Antiracist Research in a city known for the backlash to busing and “where sports fans boo athletes of color,” she recalled in an interview. They started talking about their shared obsession with a different Boston history, 19th-century abolitionist newspapers. Then they wondered what it would mean to found, in 2021, a newspaper in the spirit of William Lloyd Garrison’s legendary The Liberator.
In particular, they wondered, what would it mean to bring to American racism the sense of urgency with which Garrison, in 1831, started the newspaper, abandoning a more gradualist approach to slavery. “On this subject, I do not wish to think, or speak, or write with moderation. No! no!” he famously began, saying that would be like telling “a man whose house is on fire, to give a moderate alarm.” …”
The following excerpts on Eastern perfectionism and its social base among White upper middle class professionals who come from evangelical backgrounds comes from Elizabeth R. Varon’s book Disunion: The Coming of the American Civil War, 1789-1859:
“It was through these early influences that Garrison beheld and tried to make sense of the major trends of his day – the concomitant rise, in the North, of economic modernization and of religious revivalism. Everywhere that the hallmarks of modernization were to be found – in proliferating cities and towns, with their “new” middle class of urban professionals and capitalists; in stunningly efficient factories, staffed by working-class wage earners, churning out goods such as textiles; along the networks of canals and railroads that transported such mass-produced goods to distant markets – so too did one find eager audiences for a new kind of evangelicalism. Popularized by itinerants like the charismatic Charles Finney, this religion was calculated to comfort and guide Northerners caught in a whirlwind of change.
Finney’s message was “perfectionism”: Individuals could and should seek to be as perfect as God, and thus seize control of their own destinies and fortunes. Perfectionism found expression in a wide array of charitable (or “benevolent”) causes embraced by antebellum Northerners, including campaigns to eradicate drunkenness and prostitution, to extend aid to impoverished orphans and widows, and to distribute religious tracts to the poor. Garrison and his circle of immediatists he gathered around him were caught up in this spirit of reform and drew out its most radical and egalitarian implications. They sought “moral revolution” not “moral renovation,” James Brewer Stewart explains, and “shattered religious orthodoxies time and again by improvising still more expansive ways of enacting God’s will in everyday life.” If the new “free labor” economy produced such wealth and opportunity, they asked, why shouldn’t its benefits extend to blacks and to the South itself? If reformers could promote moral perfection, why shouldn’t they seek to eradicate America’s worst sin, that of slaveholding? These questions formed the backdrop for the Liberator. …”
“Perfectionism” is the heretical theological core of the entire Eastern based leftwing enterprise known as “progressivism.” It started out as the idea that Yankees could become godlike saints. It should be stressed here that like Mormonism, which hatched out of the same culture at the same time, that this IS NOT synonymous with Christianity. In fact, it is a modern day revival of the old Pelagian heresy and is a repudiation of both traditional Catholicism and Protestantism which were grounded in St. Augustine’s theology who buried Pelagianism until it was revived in the 17th century.
“Garrison’s view was even more complicated, for he drew a distinction between the false Union – the “hollow mockery” created by the Constitution – and the true Union, a “glorious reality” that had never yet been achieved.The false Union, he repeated again and again, was not divinely ordained but rather “the work of men’s hands”: quoting the Bible, he declared that “it is only those things which are made, that can be shaken down.” As Garrison saw it, slavery depended on the false Union for its survival – Northerners furnished Southern slaveholders with the markets for their slaves’ produce, with the laws and slave-catching mobs that policed the boundaries of the system, with the votes to give slaveholders control of the federal government, and with the moral approbation to embolden slaveholders to spread their pernicious labor system. If this Northern support were withdrawn, slavery would be doomed. The spirit of the true Union, by contrast, was present in the preamble of the Declaration of Independence – it was the spirit of equality. A binding and valid compact between freedom and slavery was, for Garrison, a moral impossibility, and thus, in a sense, disunion already prevailed. With slaveholders campaigning aggressively to extend their domain and to curtail the rights of Northern citizens, it was inevitable and fitting that political disunion would flow from moral disunion. An 1842 antislavery meeting in Boston, presided over by Garrison, resolved that “the time is rapidly approaching when the American Union will be dissolved in form, as it is now in fact.” In this formulation, disunion connoted not failure, shame, and anarchy but the necessary prelude to a national rebirth: the demise of the false, corrupt Union would prepare the way for the establishment of the true, righteous one. From the early 1840s on, then, disunion for Garrison connoted not only a threat and an accusation, but also a process by which Northerners were coming to see that only a total repudiation of the South could purge the nation of sin.”
The ultimate “sin” now in 2021 is whiteness.
This is the theological lens through which all current events like the Atlanta and Boulder shootings or the “insurrection” on January 6th are interpreted now.
Slavery doesn’t exist anymore. In spite of what Chris Hayes said last night on MSNBC, Jim Crow doesn’t exist anymore. The need to scratch the old perfectionist itch is very much still there. The culture that gave us the Salem Witch Trials and The Scarlet Letter and the fanatic Captain Ahab chasing after the white whale Moby Dick and the wild-eyed zealot and terrorist John Brown which Jefferson Davis claimed were “the disturbers of the peace of the world” are disturbing us again today.
Note: Yes, it is ridiculous, but consider this: the U.S. military is now standing down in order to berate soldiers about “liking” the wrong tweets.