Ideological Totalism in the Woke Cult – James Lindsay, New Discourses

The New Discourses Podcast with James Lindsay, Episode 111

Woke is a cult. In fact, Woke is a cult in exactly the same way Maoism was and is a cult. There’s only a little daylight between them, as we recently explored here on the New Discourses Podcast. Ideological cults like Woke and Maoism operate in an environment Robert Jay Lifton labeled “ideological totalism,” which he described in depth in his book ‘Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of “Brainwashing” in China’ ( ). In one of the later chapters of that book, Lifton details eight characteristics of ideological totalism, and in this episode of the New Discourses Podcast, host James Lindsay reads through the relevant chapter in full and connects it both to the Maoist context Lifton is describing from the outside and to the Woke Marxist revolution we’re currently suffering from the inside. Join James for an unprecedentedly close and detailed look at the cultic nature of Woke.

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