Woke Chaos and Naked Power


With the death of George Floyd — a heinous atrocity virtually every American decries — unity should have prevailed. Americans hate police brutality; Americans care about black lives; Americans despise looting and rioting; Americans want to protect citizens but preserve the ability of the police to stop crime.

Instead, the country seems to be falling apart. That’s because of the utterly chaotic political and media response to the Floyd tragedy: a response that demands agreement but, most of all, requires compliance. You must kneel.

You must kneel because you cannot understand. You simply cannot. If you have to ask for a definition of systemic privilege, we are told, it’s because your white privilege has blinded you to reality. If you point out that not all inequality is inequity, we are told, it is because your latent racism is leeching into your worldview. If you defend America’s history, philosophy and culture — or, God forbid, her flag — you must apologize. And, if Drew Brees is any indicator, your wife must also apologize, and your second cousin once removed.

You may not understand what is being demanded of you. You may see the wave of conflicting messages emanating from the press and wonder just what you’re supposed to do. But the chaos is the point. You are supposed to be confused. Confusion is a political weapon. Clarity is a shield. If our media and political class can prevent clarity, they can prevent unity; if they can obscure, they can demand acquiescence.

 

Thus, we hear messages that are obviously in direct conflict with one another. And, we are told, our inability to square those messages means that we must listen to the woke priesthood that can untangle these Gordian knots.

Thus, we hear that silence is violence, that being non-racist simply isn't enough and you must actively fight racism. But we also hear that speech is violence, that if you oppose policies the political left supports, your words are a form of violence and you must be silenced. The only safe path, therefore, is parroting the messages of those initiated in the religion of wokeness.

Thus, we hear that individuals ought not be held responsible for the sins of those in their racial group, and that's why it's so wrong for police to engage in profiling. But we also hear that white Americans bear full responsibility for the sins of both modern racists and historic racists, and ought to atone on behalf of their race and their country. And if you refuse, you must be considered racist.

Thus, we hear that the police are the greatest threat to black Americans, and that's why they must be defunded. But we also hear that police absence, a product of racism, created the conditions that originally led to higher crime rates in black communities. We can, therefore, blame the police for crime whether they're present or absent in minority communities.

Thus, we hear that the rioting and looting were exaggerated by the media, or that they were largely the product of white antifa members. But we also hear that rioting and looting are the justified outgrowth of centuries of black rage. You cannot, therefore, oppose rioting and looting too strenuously, lest you be labeled a racist.

Thus, we hear that COVID-19 is so extraordinarily dangerous that anti-lockdown protesters were endangering the lives of other Americans; in fact, they were racist, since COVID-19 has disproportionately affected minority communities. But we also hear that protesting racism is so extraordinarily important that we can freely ignore all restrictions surrounding COVID-19 -- and, indeed, that we have an obligation to do so.

Thus, we hear that journalists ought to be treated with the utmost respect because they are doing a difficult job and pursuing facts and the truth; and that harsh words spoken about journalists reflect underlying unease about freedom of the press. But we also hear that journalists are actually activists and thus have a duty not to be objective; op-ed editors should be fired for the sin of greenlighting pieces opposed by woke staffers.

In the end, our republic runs only so long as we're able to hold some semblance of logical conversation with one another. But the republic isn't running. Instead, we are battered with logically incoherent nonsense, a variety of messages that carry only one consistent bottom line: Shut up. Believe. Repeat. The chaos of the moment isn't a bug; it's a feature. And the more confused we are, the less we can possibly hold together, despite the fact that nearly all Americans agree on the most important issues.

Ben Shapiro, 36, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, host of "The Ben Shapiro Show" and editor-in-chief of DailyWire.com. He is the author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller "The Right Side of History." He lives with his wife and three children in Los Angeles.

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20 thoughts on “Woke Chaos and Naked Power”

  1. How do you fight against the destruction of our laws and culture. Our children are being indoctrinated in our schools from an early age. So many people believe that we are an inherently racist nation. It is not taught in the schools that tribes in Africa had slaves and sometimes their own chiefs sold slaves to the white Europeans. It is not told that there were actually black slave owners. The media is very much involved with painting this picture of whites being so racist and not even knowing they are racist. Even if you were to put facts in front of people, they want to believe the lies.

  2. I will take a knee to NO one. I was born and have lived in this country for 79 years, gave four of those years to protecting my country while the grandparents of most of those so-called protesting mush heads were still in tri-corner pants. I see anarchists and America hating terrorist groups trying to take over my country but even more nefarious are the shadow slime that are funding and actually directing the lemmings in the streets. The media has developed a false picture that law enforcement is made of terrible people. The only bad people reside in CNN, MSNBC, the former MSM, the NYT and etc. that continuously lie, twist the truth and do nothing but fabricate for their overseer the democrats and deep state sewer rats.

    1. Robert the terms you should be using are the MORON MEDIA and RECTUM sucking puppets of the Democraps. I call them Democraps because of two things 1)Their heads are filled with massive amounts of WORTHLESS FECAL MATTER and 2) Because of the first FACT they spew IGNORANT S**T every time they open their pie holes.

    2. BINGO!!, 4 years active, 1960-’64, and still ready to kick ass, I see Communism all around us, take no prisoners!!

  3. Excellent perception. Cogent presentation. Time to point at the chaosmasters and liquidate them for fomenting sedition on the lumino senderoso of treason against America — the only land of liberty on the sorry face of this planet, for those who seek it.

  4. Systematic racism has been perpetrated by blacks against whites since the early seventies. See, I know how to define it.

  5. Ben Shapiro, 36, should immediately move with his wife and family to the Autonomous Zone in Seattle if he wants anyone to believe that he is more than a racist outsider looking in.

  6. There is only one I will l kneel to and that is the Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST. I hold no hate for anyone till they prove I should. I do not hate even those who prove I should I just make sure to avoid them. ANTIFA and 90% of those calling themselves BLM are TERRORISTS and should be treated as such. That means those rioting should be put down with extreme lethal force. Those waving signs and Chanting are LIARS and FRAUDS. They claim Black Lives Matter but their actions say otherwise. They BLINDLY follow Democraps who are the number one cause of the police brutality they claim to hate. They also support Abortion the other number one killer of Blacks since Black use Abortion more than other races do. If those chanting Black Lives Matter believed what they are Chanting they would go to every cry or State RUINED by Democraps and protest them. They only care about Black lives if they can get money or publicity from their deaths.

  7. I will just say this “I will not kneel to anyone or anything except God”. I will stand and salute the Stars and Stripes. I am a Christian and an American Veteran and I support my President.

  8. I kneel for no man and salute my flag and country. The false statement of white privilege comes from the wealthier children who stand to lose nothing. Most young people of all races achieve success through hard work and education. Some achieve more than others but it is not that far apart today.
    All people who came here originally faced some type of discrimination. If you read the communist manifesto , the book of marx or prairie fire by Bill Ayers you will find the directions to overthrow a society you do not like and is now being taught in all our schools..
    The recent good thing about the illegal stay at home issue is many parents are finding out what their children are learning at school and in the higher education institutes that are indoctrinating our children. I have spoken to many parents who will start home schooling or private school and changing their children’s colleges and if the dependents refuse their parents are de funding them.
    Our society always will have some issues but destroying our country because of how it treated your terrorist parents is not the answer.
    Cuomo and communist governors like him need to be replaced and he needs to go to Cuba where his allegiance seems to reside.

  9. see how the citizens of Couer De Laine, Idaho took care of their town, they came out fully armed to care of Antifa and thugs. I do not have your email address to send the article to you. You have a big following and can forward it to everyone.

    1. I saw that article too, and it gave me tears of joy that they protected their citizens and city using our Second Amendment. There was also another small city in N. California that did the same thing. There was no violence or deaths in either case. These Antifa communists are cowards. If they see people are willing to defend their freedoms and way of life, they cowtow and get out of town. God bless our country and give others courage and common sense to do the same as these two small towns.

  10. Here is a new bit to think about. My life matters. Before we can say any people’s lives matter we have to consider ourselves first. My compulsive argument is based on Maslows Hierarchy of human needs.
    https://www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html
    When we are confronted with hostile people who intend to bully and intimidate you, you will either take the two choices offered, that is Fight Or Flight.
    These people who advocate and threaten others if they don’t tow the ideological line of thought are nothing but insensitive bullies with veiled motives to control you. Take away your basic needs of security and safety.
    In a pack mentality the individual is left behind to only be controlled by the emotions of the pack. Typical of socialist behavior.
    Black Lives Matter is nothing but a Bully platform.
    Let us not forget who we are, individuals who want to better our lives and not be bullied into submission by others.
    With the deaths of people at the hands of police being the major focus for all this rioting there is no mention of how cowardly the press is responding to all the cases that result in these situations.
    These organizations are committing political blackmail.

    Here is a new bit to think about: MY LIFE MATTERS. Before we can say any people’s lives matter we have to consider ourselves first. My compulsive argument is based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of human needs.
    https://www.simplypsycholog…. (Open the link and see the pyramid of the individual succession. Tried to include it here but this platform does not allow pic.)
    BASIC NEEDS:
    Physiological needs: Food, water, warmth, rest
    Safety Needs: Security, safety
    PYSCHOLOGICAL NEEDS:
    Belonging Needs: intimate relationship, friends
    Esteem Needs: Prestige and feeling of accomplishment
    SELF- FULFIMENT NEEDS:
    Self Actualization Needs: achieving one’s full potential including creative activities
    When we are confronted with hostile people who intend to bully and intimidate you, you will either take the two choices offered, that is Fight Or Flight.
    These people who advocate and threaten others if they don’t toe the ideological line of thought are nothing but insensitive bullies with veiled motives to control you. Take away your basic needs of security and safety.
    In a pack mentality the individual is left behind to only be controlled by the emotions of the pack. Typical of socialist behavior.
    Black Lives Matter is nothing but a Bully platform.
    Let us not forget who we are, individuals who want to better our lives and not be bullied into submission by others.
    With the deaths of people at the hands of police being the major focus for all this rioting there is no mention of how cowardly the press is responding to all the cases that result in these situations.
    These organizations including the press are committing political blackmail. They are deceiving the people they are entrusted to keep informed in an unbiased manner. Their only intent is to take away the individual needs and supplant them with their groups needs.

  11. White privilege is over, now it’s black and Anarchist privilege. They can disobey and disrespect the law, loot, violently protest, destroy property, kill, cause social chaos and then say the magic word “Racism” and they receive a ‘get out of Jail” card! Social Chaos and the Cloward-Piven Strategy The strategy of forcing political change through orchestrated crisis. Basically, by overwhelming the U.S. economy to create systemic failure, economic crisis and social chaos — thereby destroying capitalism and our country from within. OFA, BLM and Antifa are just the beginning.

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