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Wokeism Is Costume Elites Wear To ‘Signal Virtue’ And ‘Hide Greed, Corruption’: Former Levi’s Executive, by Ella Kietlinska and Jan Jekielek

The corporations are just as “woke” as the campuses. From Ella Kietlinska and Jan Jekielek at The Epoch Times via zerohedge.com:

The pose of wokeness is a costume that the left liberal elite puts on to virtue signal that they care about social justice and to hide their greed and corruption, said the former executive of a major brand-name apparel manufacturer.

Jennifer Sey, former Levi Strauss and Co. chief marketing officer and brand president, as well as author of “Levi’s Unbuttoned: The Woke Mob Took My Job but Gave Me My Voice,” in Denver on Nov. 20, 2022. (Jack Wang/The Epoch Times)

Jennifer Sey, former chief marketing officer and brand president of Levi Strauss & Co., told EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders” program that she had “pushed back” on the public school closures due to COVID-19 for two years, and in the end, she was pushed out of the company for her advocacy.

Sey, who was sending her children to public schools, believed that prolonged school lockdowns were harmful to children and started speaking out against them at the beginning of the pandemic.

Sey said she and her husband were reading the data that was coming out of Italy at the start of the pandemic, a country heavily hit by the disease, and the data showed that the median age of death due to the disease was over 80.

Nobody was bothering to look at actual data or adhere to the pre-pandemic playbook, which said you never shut schools down for more than a couple of weeks,” Sey pointed out. “It was from day one that me and my husband, we both said, ‘Hell no, this is wrong. People are going to be harmed.’”

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The Chickens of ‘Woke’ Are Coming Home to Roost on Business Heads, by Scott Shepard

The devil always gets his due. From Scott Shepard at realclearmarkets.com:

The Chickens of 'Woke' Are Coming Home to Roost on Business Heads

AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

The chickens of wokeness are coming home to roost on the heads of the business leaders who have done so much to unleash this plague upon us.

There’s a better, and less cliché-ridden, way to frame that.

Have you seen A Man For All Seasons? If you haven’t, you should. If you have, you’ll remember one of the single greatest scenes in all of film. Sir Thomas More – the one Henry VIII had beheaded because he wouldn’t agree that Henry could head an independent English church – is visited in his home by Richard Rich, who asks him for a job. More roundly refuses, after which Rich slinks away, having made it clear to all that he intends to get revenge on More for this rejection. More’s family can’t believe that he had allowed Rich to leave. They break into horrified cries, demanding that More, as Chancellor of the Exchequer, arrest Rich. More refuses, explaining that he can’t arrest even the devil until he’s broken the law. His son-in-law, William Roper, then bellows: “So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!”

More: “Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?”

Roper: “Yes, I’d cut down every law in England to do that!”

More: “Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ‘round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s! And if you cut them down, and you’re just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law for my own safety’ sake!”

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Is the Woke Corporate ‘Worm’ Finally Turning? By Scott Shepard

Corporations are discovering that what’s politically trendy in left-wing circles isn’t always popular or profitable with everyone else. From Scott Shepard at realclearmarkets.com:

Is the Woke Corporate 'Worm' Finally Turning?

(AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

More than a few executives appear to be glimpsing the high costs of politicized corporate management.

A chief driver of these revelations is surely the rolling market correction that has characterized 2022. At one point last week, the Nasdaq was down 29 percent from its December 31st close.

Adam Smith once noted that “there’s a lot of ruin in a nation,” by which he meant that a country can screw up very many things while still trudging along. In good financial times there can be a lot of ruin in a company, too. When profits are high (or speculative backing is fulsome) and share prices are rising, companies can afford to indulge the whims of their executives or bow to the demands of pressure groups, even if there’s a lot of ruin in those whims or demands. When things get tight, though, the ruin becomes clearer – and thus less supportable. As Jack Kennedy did not but might have said as a corollary: “a falling tide reveals many barnacles.”

In this lowering tide, woke is revealing itself as a barnacle, and companies are responding accordingly. The revelation is being assisted, and the response hastened, by external events that have uncovered even to the unthoughtful what should have been clear: taking a highly partisan role in American politics will engender (and is engendering) a political response from those who oppose the partisan stance. Exhibit one is the case of DeSantis & Florida v. Chapek & Disney, but the parade of horrible consequences that increasingly append to corporate wokeness is lengthening speedily, as has been considered in these pages before. Consider, for instance, exhibit two: Disney’s reputation has declined substantially since Chapek stood up for, you know, “all stakeholders.” Funny, that.

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The Conservative Case for Violent Communist Revolution*, by Oliver Williams

The corporations have been at the vanguard of the latest collectivist movement. From Oliver Williams at unz.com:

*The title is a tongue-in-cheek homage to the ever-growing list of articles arguing The conservative case for something entirely un-Conservative with The conservative case for gay marriage still the ne plus ultra of the genre.

The genesis of woke capital

While the right has focussed on cultural Marxism in explaining the rise of political correctness, America’s hyper-capitalist corporations have been at the vanguard of the social revolution. Richard Hanania, one of the most insightful commentators on America’s ideological absurdity, explains in his article Woke Institutions is Just Civil Rights Law:

“It was civil rights law that revolutionized the American workplace. Corporations started to hire full time staff in order to keep track of government mandates, which were vague and could change at any moment. There was a sense of “keeping up with the Joneses,” in which every company and institution had to be more anti-racist and anti-sexist than the next one, leading to more and more absurd diversity trainings and other programs… The creation of bureaucracy means that it eventually gains its own power base and becomes able to advocate for its own interests.”

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