Episode #29 with Jayant Bhandari
Jayant Bhandari hosts the Capitalism and Morality Seminar in Vancouver, B.C. He joins us today to talk about his views on wokeism, immigration, and democracy.
You don’t have to look very far in Canada today to see signs of social and economic decline. In cities like Vancouver or Toronto the tent cities and homeless encampments have steadily increased over the past 15 years since the financial crash of 2008. So, it would follow that a person should look at the predominant and fastest growing cultural and political ideology over that same period.
The term woke can be traced back to the 1940’s when it referred to the racism and discrimination of that time. In the early 2010’s the term came to encompass a broader spectrum of social justice including sexual orientation. In the wake of the 2008 crash it began to take stock against the corrupt and crony institutions to which it falsely applied the term capitalism. Today gender identity and climate change have been able to crowbar their way into mix and the anti-free market rhetoric has grown exponentially.
Our guest today is Jayant Bhandari. He explains how woke culture is an unproductive and regressive way of thinking.
Many people consider wokeism to consist of harmless, left-wing talking points and nothing more. Jayant makes the point that these people should not be considered leftists. Stalin would have culled these people and sent them to the gulag. Even communism requires a certain degree of intellectual discipline, which woke culture does not possess.
There were many third world countries that actually improved their standard of living thanks to the advent of communism, albeit by copying the institutional processes of the west. Wokeism, however, is only capable of degenerating an already existing social and economic structure. It’s ideas strip society of already existing wealth. It produces nothing and has no cohesive cultural underpinning.
Western industriousness and entrepreneurship have given us sufficient wealth to sow the seeds of intellectual laziness. We are now bearing that fruit.
Jayant explains how immigration and democracy have compounded the problem.