In this podcast with author Richard Hanania we talked about his brand new book, The Origins of Woke: Civil Rights Law, Corporate America, and the Triumph of Identity Politics. In a nation nearly evenly split between conservatives and liberals, the left dominates nearly all major institutions, including universities, the government, and corporate America. Hanania argues that this is as much a legal requirement as it is an issue of one side triumphing in the marketplace of ideas. Culture has its own independent force, but the state has, since the 1960s, been putting its thumb on the scale.

In the conversation, we dive into the roots of the concept of “wokeness” and its deep-seated origins in American society, dating back to government mandates and regulations from the late 1960s and early 1970s. This discussion challenges the common perception that wokeness is a recent phenomenon, shedding light on its historical underpinnings and how it has influenced institutions and corporations.

Richard also explores the evolving role of social media in shaping acceptable narratives and content censorship, examining how these platforms, once champions of free expression, have grappled with increased pressures and changing content policies.

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