Vivek Ramaswamy, author of “Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam” said that China’s communist regime is employing “wokeism” as a geopolitical tool to destroy U.S. democracy.
“Woke” has been used as a catch-all term to characterize left-wing groups and ideas that aim to promote social justice and are informed by academic movements such as critical race theory, according to Political Viewer.
“They [China] are using that to divide us, to use that as a kink in our armor to divide us from within, by getting corporations to criticize injustice here, without saying a peep about injustice over there and deflecting accountability for their human rights abuses,” Ramaswamy said.
The importance of influencing international public opinion has long been emphasized by China’s top leaders. President Hu Jintao stated in 2006 that China needed to “strengthen the construction of foreign-related media and networks” that “promote China.” He urged China to “innovate in foreign propaganda methods,” and “strengthen external propaganda in language that is easily understood and accepted by foreign publics.” He said China also needs to “do a good job with work in the Western mainstream media” to “increase trust and dispel doubts,” about China’s rise.
These efforts frequently involve China’s United Front Work Department, a party-state organ tasked with co-opting or neutralizing foreign and domestic opposition to the party and its policies, and have included huge Communist Party-linked donations to political parties. In addition, it provides financial support for acquiescent research institutions or the establishment of China’s own. It’s involved in harassment of the overseas diaspora, monopolizes Chinese-language media, provides consulting contracts for former politicians, and other avenues. All of this has been verified using open sources.
Ramaswamy claims that American companies such as the NBA and Disney criticize social issues in the United States but remain silent on China’s human rights abuses, such as those in Xinjiang, according to Political Viewer.
In 2020, Disney prompted widespread criticism when it filmed a live-action remake of “Mulan” in China’s far-western province of Xinjiang, where Beijing has imprisoned over 1 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in internment camps. Several governments, including the United States, have labeled China’s oppression in Xinjiang as “genocide.”
In 2019, the NBA was embroiled in controversy after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey expressed support for Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters on Twitter. NBA games were later suspended on Chinese television, and Chinese companies abandoned connections with the league after that incident.
NBA said in an apologetic statement that Morey’s tweet was “regrettable” and “deeply offended many of our friends and fans in China.”
“What that has the effect of doing is creating a false moral equivalence between the United States and China,” he explained.
He added: “And that actually erodes our greatest geopolitical asset of all, that is not our nuclear arsenal, it is our moral standing on the global stage.”
Meanwhile, according to Ramaswamy, the Chinese administration has been “rolling out the red carpet” for companies who have challenged injustice in the US. For example, he cited Airbnb, a U.S. internet housing provider that expressed support for the Black Lives Matter campaign.
Airbnb paid Beijing a “dirty bribe” by sharing its guest data with Chinese officials to get the go-ahead to do business in China.
Modern-day wokeism, which Ramaswamy described as a “culture of self-criticism,” has similarities with old Chinese communist politics and former Chinese leader Mao Zedong’s Red Guards, he noted.
“This is a time of effectively living in a modern Red Guard revolution in America, except instead of the Chinese Red Guard pushing the philosophy of Marxism, the new Red Guard is pushing it through all of our major institutions, from the private sector to the public, they are pushing this new philosophy of wokeism,” he said.
He added: “Someone inside needed to sound the alarm bell.”