Six months ago, if asked what they understood by “woke”, most French people would have assumed it had something to do with Chinese cooking. And yet today in Paris, the notion of “le wokisme” is suddenly all the rage. The government warns of a new cultural totalitarianism creeping in from the “Anglosphere”. The education minister has set up a Laboratory of the Republic, dubbed an “anti-woke think tank”, to co-ordinate the fightback. And everywhere the precursors of what might be to come are being reported in the media: a new gender-neutral pronoun, a threatened statue of a dead statesman or a meeting on campus only for black students. For the French, these signifiers of what critics in the UK and US have termed “woke” are all very new and unfamiliar.
Well, good. In Spain, too, there’s a movement to resist this Anglo-inspired garbage. The Spanish government is in thrall to the woke mania but there’s a whole intellectual and artistic movement by the young artists and scholars to oppose it.
Hmm, remember my story about Gorbachev trying to prohibit alcohol and creating a much larger problem?
Somebody is trying to manufacture a drug addiction epidemic in New Zealand. Somebody has gotten a bribe. Somebody needs a drugged population that will be even easier to manipulate.
As we joked in the USSR, the best method of contraception is a condom worn over another condom plus complete abstinence.
Or, the best method of contraception is tomato juice. Before or after sex, you ask? The answer is, instead of!
See you in 6 years, Canadians. Or whatever remains of you by then.