The mind virus is finally breaking

Published January 4, 2024

WORLD Opinions

The reaction to Claudine Gay’s resignation shows a big shift in attitudes toward wokeism

Over the last decade, what Elon Musk calls the “woke mind virus” has infected the American mind.

There are many aspects to what it means to be “woke,” but the parts comprising it are a stew of grievance, oppression, and identity politics. More could be said, of course, but for simplicity’s sake, wokeism is a catch-all term for the academic influence of critical theory on American culture. I would argue that over the last decade and especially since 2020, wokeism overtook America.

My belief, though, is that the high point of wokeness has crested, and America is finally breaking free of the virus that once captivated and captured America’s mind into adopting absurd and simplistic categories for navigating social interactions.

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EPPC Fellow Andrew T. Walker, Ph.D., researches and writes about the intersection of Christian ethics, public theology, and the moral principles that support civil society and sound government. A sought-after speaker and cultural commentator, Dr. Walker’s academic research interests and areas of expertise include natural law, human dignity, family stability, social conservatism, and church-state studies. The author or editor of more than ten books, he is passionate about helping Christians understand the moral demands of the gospel and their contributions to human flourishing and the common good. His most recent book, out in May 2021 from Brazos Press, is titled Liberty for All: Defending Everyone’s Religious Freedom in a Secular Age.

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