In recent years, a new wave of ideas has come to the surface that can broadly be characterized as “Cultural Marxism” – the belief that all social and political power should be given to minorities and the dispossessed. This idea has been embraced by many on the left-wing of the political spectrum, and has become increasingly mainstream in our popular culture.
But now, popular author and conservative political commentator Brandon Cruz seeks to confront this ideology in his new book, Unwoke: How to Defeat Cultural Marxism Invading the United States. This book suggests that the left-wing agenda of prioritizing minority interests over the majority can actually be detrimental to both minority and majority cultures and societies alike.
At the core of Cruz’s argument is the idea that cultural Marxism places a value judgement on one group while simultaneously asking another group to adopt that value judgement in order to create a “woke” society. This can lead to rights being given to one group while another group’s rights are diminished and disregarded. Essentially, Cruz argues that Cultural Marxism is not equitable – it fails to recognize the co-equality of different cultural identities.
In order to offer an alternative to Cultural Marxism, Cruz outlines a proactive process of engagement and dialogue between those with disparate beliefs, experiences, and opinions. He suggests that this type of constructive dialogue can create more genuine society-wide understanding and inclusion rather than the surface-level “wokeness” advocated by the left.
Unwoke also serves as a wake-up call to the right, warning them of the long-term implications of the left’s agenda of Cultural Marxism – namely, a society increasingly divided by us-versus-them rhetoric. Cruz encourages those on the right to embrace the idea of responsible citizenship and to recognize the ultimately harmony of competing cultures, beliefs, and opinions.
Overall, Unwoke: How to Defeat Cultural Marxism Invading the United States is an important book for readers of all political persuasions. Cruz seeks to expose the fallacy of a “woke” culture, instead advocating for a more subtle and inclusive means of bridging ideological gaps. It is a book not to be missed.