In an interesting aside on the culture of "Woke" we look behind the scenes at its origins, which ironically, come not from Anglo-Saxon culture as the French President asserts, but from his own.
John Kreiger provides a fascinating thumb-nail sketch on the French origins of "Wokeism" which we amplify in an additional article beneath it by Robert Barron, auxiliary Catholic Bishop of Los Angeles.
"Of all people, one might have expected Jean-Michel Blanquer, the French education minister, to know that the philosophical underpinnings of wokeism, far from being Anglo-Saxon – are in fact French.
The term woke now extends way beyond the initial rally for 1930s Americans to be conscious of racism. It is a pot pourri of causes given intellectual legitimacy by the writings and methodology of a gaggle of French intellectuals working in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Louis Althusser, Jacques Lacan, Gilles Deleuze and Simone de Beauvoir must be turning in their graves at the idea that their philosophies – based on deconstruction, social control, gender roles and sexuality, otherness, critical psycho-analysis and the patriarchy’s repression of the second sex – can be credited to the Anglosphere."
The full article can be read here with a link to the original beneath it:
Jean Paul Satre (with cigar) & Simone de Beauvoir (right)
Bishop Robert Barron expands on the subject:
"I will confess that one of the biggest laughs I’ve had in the last several months was occasioned by a recent article in The New York Times by Norimitsu Onishi. In this lengthy piece, the author tells us that the current political and cultural leadership in France, very much including President Emmanuel Macron, is alarmed at the rise of “American-style woke ideology,” which is effectively undermining French society and fomenting violence.
Why, you are wondering, would this produce laughter? Well, what we call “woke” thinking in our American context was almost totally imported from French intellectuals who flourished in the second half of the twentieth century. One thinks of Jean-Paul Sartre, Jacques Lacan, Jacques Derrida, Julia Kristeva, and perhaps especially of Michel Foucault. "
The full article can be read below with a link to the original beneath it: