The difference between wokeness, ultra-liberality and moderate liberality

“Wokeness” and “ultra-liberality” are two concepts that are sometimes used in the articles here on, so it’s okay to clarify what these words mean.

Moderate liberality consists of two elements: 1) the basic constitutional rights described by classical liberalists, i.e. private property, freedom of speech, religious freedom, (the right to bear arms), a free press, rule of law, freedom of assembly, free markets, and 2) the aesthetics and “feminism” supported by John Stuart Mill, in addition to the moral philosophy of Adam Smith.

John Stuart Mill, one of the most well-known founders of liberalism, supported women’s rights and higher cultural values, not free distribution of vulgar decadence in mainstream society, though moderate liberals don’t want to judicially ban libertinism from backstreets and subcultures. Adam Smith’s moral philosophy puts limits on free markets, restricting laissez-faire capitalism, cf the foreword by Amartya Sen to Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments.

Moderate liberality maintains that the top-down power of states or corporations should not be used to spread other values than the very basic rights mentioned in 1) above.

Moderate liberality is compatible with the moderate conservatism of Edmund Burke. Together they have been the two main pillars of Western constitutional democracies until the rise of neoliberalism in the 1980s and Big Tech in the late 1990s.

Moderate conservatism defends the basic rights of the individual described by moderate liberality but it also defends 1) orthodox religion, 2) traditional family values, and 3) ethno-nationalism.

Ultra-liberality or wokeness is that which goes beyond moderate liberality, by 1) using corporations to spread vulgar libertinism in the mainstream culture, and/or 2) using the top-down power of states and corporations to spread other interests than just the basic rights and moral values of moderate liberalism: multiculturalism, anti-racism, secularism, anti-nationalism and extra rights for minority groups supported by those socialists who are focused on cultural issues.

Real socialists focus on combatting domestic and international economic injustice. Genuine socialism, to put it bluntly, is about “class war”, not “culture war” or “race war”. If communists had not lost the Cold War one would have probably seen that classical socialism had still been the primary force on the Left, but it has now been more or less overshadowed by affluent lefty college students and corporate woke agents (maybe to divide the Occupy Wall Street movement that somewhat united left- and rightwing populists after 2011).

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