"Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America's Social Justice Scam" is a book by Vivek Ramaswamy, a former biotech entrepreneur and Harvard Law School graduate. In it, he exposes the hypocrisy and hidden goal of the corporate elite who say they support social justice causes. Ramaswamy says that these companies' activism isn't sincere. Instead, he says, they use it as a way to achieve their own goals and avoid being held accountable. He also says that this trend puts democracy and free speech in the United States at risk.
Ramaswamy starts his book by talking about his own life as a successful Indian businessman who felt pressured to fit in with what the woke society expected of him. He talks about how he saw corporate wokeness grow after the 2016 election, when many CEOs and executives spoke out against Donald Trump and supported progressive causes like diversity, equity, and inclusion, the environment, LGBTQ rights, and Black Lives Matter. He says that these actions weren't done out of real conviction but out of fear of how activists, the media, regulators, and customers would react. He also shows how some companies took advantage of these problems to get a leg up in the market, tax breaks, funding, and protection from lawsuits.
Ramaswamy then goes into the history and philosophy of "wokeness," tracing its roots back to the Frankfurt School of critical theory and postmodernism. He talks about how these schools of thought rejected the Enlightenment ideals of reason, individualism, and universalism in favor of a worldview based on identity politics, relativism, and victimhood. He shows how this worldview has spread into education, the media, culture, and politics, making a new elite class that decides what is and isn't okay in society. He attacks this elite for forcing their views on most Americans who don't agree with them and for using cancel culture and censorship to silence people who don't agree with them.
Ramaswamy also looks at how being "woke" in the workplace affects American culture and democracy. He says that when corporations support the "woke agenda," they hurt the ideas of free industry, free speech, and free markets that have made America successful and unique. He says that corporations are destroying the separation of powers between the government and business. This is creating a new kind of crony capitalism that helps a few people at the cost of the many. He also says that corporations are putting at risk the civil freedoms and rights of Americans who don't agree with their ideas. These include religious freedom, privacy, due process, and equal protection under the law.
In the last part of his book, Ramaswamy suggests ways to fight against business wokeness. He wants a return to civic nationalism that goes beyond identity politics and brings Americans together around their shared values and goals. He tells people to use their power as consumers, investors, employees, and voters to make companies answer for what they do and be honest and open. He also wants to change the law so that companies have less power over the government and the rule of law and constitutional rights are restored for all Americans.
"Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America's Social Justice Scam" is a thought-provoking and insightful book that questions the common story about corporate social responsibility and shows the hidden costs and dangers of corporate "wokeness." Ramaswamy's writing is clear, passionate, and brave. He uses his own experiences and a lot of study to make a strong case for why Americans should stand up to the corporate elite and take back their democracy and freedom.
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