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Anti-Woke Isn’t Enough

Anti-woke liberals weren’t tricked by progressives. They were wrong about liberalism.

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Anti-woke liberals are becoming the de facto leaders of the American right. They have brought to it an undeniable infusion of talent, along with first-hand knowledge of liberal institutions and milieus. But they have also carried with them certain assumptions that can hobble the right in its effort to articulate a governing philosophy for the country.

Anti-woke liberals are defined by their skepticism of three progressive causes: Black Lives Matter, MeToo, and transgenderism. In response to these movements, anti-woke liberals propose a return to liberal principles—an embrace of individualism, proceduralism, and neutrality.