Woke thinking compartmentalizes groups according to their identity rather than class oppression. Wokism breaks this connection by moving us into tribes disconnected from each other. This undermines classical liberal thinking and even the leftist emphasis on class solidarity.
After World War II, liberal democratic countries rose rapidly, even more so after the collapse of the Soviet Union. That trend is now in reverse. What is causing this crisis? Inequality is to blame, sure, but don’t count out the culture wars too.
Canada is an example of a thriving democracy that does a good job of integrating immigrants, but that doesn’t mean the underlying tensions between peoples and cultures have disappeared. How to best welcome newcomers into society is still an open question.
The history of Russia is told brilliantly in a new book, The Story of Russia, by highly respected Oxford historian Orland Figes. This book is good old fashion history that respects facts and truth while telling an interesting story in contrast to postmodern social history.
A powerful rebuke to Piketty’s work is in a new study, The Myth of American Inequality: How the Government Biases Policy Debate, which makes a strong case that everything we know about income inequality and poverty in the U.S. is wrong.