by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Sullivan’s latest piece on Substack is titled “The Vibes They Are A-Shiftin’” and that actually undersells the case he makes that the woke left (or whatever you prefer to call them) appear to be in retreat. He opens by noting that it was only 2 years ago that the world was figuratively and sometimes literally on fire. Activists were demanding police be defunded and Ibram Kendi and Robin DiAngelo were seemingly anointed as our foremost public intellectuals. Jump forward two years and things look very different:
“Last year, Eric Adams became mayor of New York City, propelled by minority voters horrified by surging crime and chaos. This past week, DA Chesa Boudin, scion of leftwing terrorists, was ousted by minority voters in San Francisco. …”
“Elite imposition of the new social justice religion — indoctrinating children in the precepts and premises of critical race and gender theory — has also met ferocious backlash as parents began to absorb what their kids were being taught: that America is a uniquely evil country based forever on white supremacy; that your race is the most important thing about you; that biological sex must be replaced by socially constructed genders of near-infinite number; and that all this needs to be taught in kindergarten.” …
… There’s a lot of retreating almost everywhere you look. CNN is reportedly thinking about firing some anchors who can’t keep their leftist partisanship out of their work. Even Netflix told employees, “If you’d find it hard to support our content breadth, Netflix may not be the best place for you.” In short, if you feel harmed by our content, there’s the door. Netflix also dropped a bunch of animated shows including one based on Ibram Kendi’s “Anti-racist Baby.”
On top of all of that, the government disinformation board collapsed.