Víctor Davis Hanson
The commissars of the old Soviet Union and the Maoists of China were not just ideological bigots but ultimately careerists.
Woke, remember, is a haven, as are all ideological litmus tests, for mediocre wannabees, who seek a different route to lucre that bypasses meritocracy and hard work. The charge of racism! is not so much believed as seen as a trajectory to a well-paying commissariat billet.
What is the attitude of China toward the American woke commissariat? That is, does today’s grasping China send its third of a million students to the U.S. based on their gender, sexual orientation, or ethnic profiles? Do they pay hundreds of millions of dollars to enroll at Yale or Princeton or a hundred other universities because of banner gender-studies or urban-studies or environmental-studies courses?
Does not China, one of the most racist and sexist nations in the world, feed the American woke monster by nonstop accusing the United States of racism! And sexism! Their cynical view of our woke is essentially, “Do continue your wokism to hasten your decline, but for a while longer exempt our own students from it.”
China not only believes woke will hasten our end, but soon it will have no more need of our universities, given China will copy the scientific meritocracy of our old universities, and we will mimic the wokism of their old Maoist universities.
California Governor Gavin Newsom brags that California is the most pro-abortion, diverse, and woke state in the union. No doubt it is.
California spends billions of dollars fruitlessly on the homeless, hosts half of the country’s illegal aliens, and a third of those Americans on public assistance. It is discussing multibillion-dollar reparations to those who were never slaves to be paid by those who never owned slaves. And the state now is broke and facing a growing multibillion-dollar budget deficit, despite the highest basket of income, sales, and fuel taxes in the nation.
During the recent drought-fuel forest fires, the result largely of disastrous green forest management, that devoured millions of acres of trees and polluted the skies of California for months, Newsom blamed “climate change” and predicted “permanent drought.”
Currently California is flooded after weeks of historic rain and snow. The state was long ago warned that its levees were antiquated and dangerous, that its water projects were never completed, and that it lacked sufficient storage.
No matter. The inert state was too busy funding its $300-billion high-speed rail project that resembles the deserted monoliths of Stonehenge after a decade, ballooning the budget for Covid checks, and vastly expanding social services for the undocumented.
The result is that the state has no room for the massive runoff that rushed to the sea after destroying surrounding communities. Whether drought or flood, California simply declares that raging fire and water are due to climate change, as the excuse for squandering massive revenue on woke projects and constituencies while it neglected the stuff of life, like flood and fire prevention, building reservoirs and aqueducts, and repairing ossified infrastructure.
The result of both the recent drought and the current storms is multibillion-dollar damages and wrecked lives. Do we wonder why some 300,000-500,000 Californians leave the state each year, taking billions of dollars in capital with them?
Rather than seeking ways to solve problems and keep their talented citizens home, instead the state schemes for ways to tax them even more after they have left!
Woke jurisprudence blames society when criminals kill, maim, assault, and steal—a fact known to those, who then kill, maim, assault, and steal even more so. For the woke, the victim is a crybaby distraction, a mere broken egg that has no clue the Left is making an omelet of a new lawless society, in which the criminal, released by the protected wealthy, prey on the vulnerable poor and weak.