‘Woke’ Progressives Aren’t the First to Try and Re-Create Humanity in Their Own Image
As they seek to impose their vision of social justice, “woke” progressives fight another battle that’s nearly as old as creation: They’re trying to re-create humanity in their own image.
In doing so, “woke” progressives not only behave like the God they reject. They also behave like the brutal totalitarians of the past.
The Aryan Superman
The Nazis tried to re-create humanity in their own image. They built an arbitrary, pseudo-scientific racial hierarchy that put white “Aryans” on top and Jews, Slavs, black Africans, the mentally disabled and the chronically ill at the bottom. In doing so, the Nazis aimed to build utopia through biological perfection, whether through extermination or breeding.
Biology determined everything, even the arts and sciences. German scientific journals derided Einstein’s theory of relativity as “Jewish physics.” Cultural figures classified modern art and music as “degenerate.” That term included work from Picasso, Van Gogh, Mendelssohn and Mahler. The latter two were Jews.
In this biological utopia, the victimized “Aryan” would destroy the vestiges of perceived Jewish privilege (such as capitalism and Marxism) and attain his destiny as a superman designed for conquest.
In their quest, the Nazis tolerated no discussion or disagreement, especially internally. In 1934, 18 months after becoming Germany’s chancellor, Adolf Hitler killed his most formidable opponents within his own party in a massacre called “the Night of the Long Knives.”
The New Socialist Man
Meanwhile in the Soviet Union, the Marxists tried re-creating humanity in their image. They re-defined the members of the human race exclusively in materialist terms. The Marxists view all human history solely as the struggle between two classes: the privileged, predatory bourgeoisie and the victimized proletariat of workers and peasants.
The Marxists want to build a utopia based on economic perfection and inhabited by the New Socialist Man, whom Leon Trotsky describes:
Man will make it his purpose to master his own feelings, to raise his instincts to the heights of consciousness, to make them transparent, to extend the wires of his will into hidden recesses, and thereby to raise himself to a new plane, to create a higher social biologic type, or, if you please, a superman.
Just as biology determined everything for the Nazis, class determines everything for the Marxists. As a Soviet analysis of literature stated in 1976, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels developed:
” … a fundamentally new system of aesthetic science…by creating dialectical and historical materialism and laying down the foundations for the materialist conception of history. … Marxist aesthetics, like the whole teaching of Marx and Engels, are subordinated to the struggle for the communist reorganization of society.”
Since Marx and Engels provide the source for all “truth”, Marxists tolerate no dissent, especially among their own. Joseph Stalin’s bloody purges — including Trotsky’s assassination — and Mao’s “Cultural Revolution” prove that.
The Social Justice Warrior
So how do the “woke” imitate this trend? By combining racism and Marxism to form the Social Justice Warrior.
Like his “Aryan” counterpart, the Social Justice Warrior focuses exclusively on race. For him, race defines politics, economics, history, art, interpersonal relationships … everything.
Unlike the “Aryan,” however, the Social Justice Warrior must fight “white privilege” and “white supremacy.” Peggy McIntosh concocted the term “white privilege” to entitle her 1989 essay. McIntosh defined “white privilege” as “an invisible package of unearned assets that I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was ‘meant’ to remain oblivious.”
McIntosh elaborated about her “oblivious” state:
My schooling gave me no training in seeing myself as an oppressor, as an unfairly advantaged person, or as a participant in a damaged culture. I was taught to see myself as an individual whose moral state depended on her individual moral will.
Reinforcing “white privilege” is “white supremacy,” which another essay defines as a set of 13 traits. They include individualism, objectivity, “worship of the written word,” either/or thinking, a sense of urgency, fear of open conflict and the right to comfort.
In “woke” activism, neither “white supremacy” nor “white privilege” represent the Ku Klux Klan or Jim Crow segregation. Yet “woke” progressives are just as irredeemably racist. They go beyond assigning non-racial traits with particular races to assigning exclusively negative traits (as progressives define them) with one race.
Like the New Socialist Man, the Social Justice Warrior believes Marxism is the only solution to oppression. Black Lives Matter provides the perfect example, with an overtly Marxist platform and two co-founders who describe themselves as “trained Marxists.”
“This rhetoric of revolution comes straight out of a playbook of the social justice movement,” wrote Jonathan Church, a former Marxist. “The social justice movement shares a strong, almost fanatical, belief in systemic victimization as a virus that infects every cell of the social body.”
Ironically, the Nazis thought along similar lines. But their societal viruses were “inferior” races — especially the Jews.
Like their Nazi and Soviet predecessors, the “woke” tolerate no dissent. Establishing their utopia of “justice” and “equality” involves cancel culture, public shaming, “fact checking” and mob action — violent and non-violent.
When the WNBA dedicated its shortened season to promoting “social justice,” Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler, the Atlanta Dream’s co-owner and a Republican, expressed her opposition to BLM in writing to WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert. One of BLM’s Marxist co-founders serves on the league’s advisory committee.
Loeffler even suggested the league put the American flag on uniforms as a sign of national unity.
“Woke” ideology is just the latest variation on a theme that began when a talking reptile told an unsuspecting woman she could become like God.
Joseph D’Hippolito has written commentaries for such outlets as the Jerusalem Post, the American Thinker and Front Page Magazine. He works as a free-lance writer.