本文为 woke, inc.: inside corporate america’s social justice scam 序言的摘抄
在 Dedication 中他写道「TO MY SON KARTHIK, AND TO HIS GENERATION.」
Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts.
The first part is called The Pledge. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man.…
The second act is called The Turn. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. But you wouldn’t clap yet. Because making something disappear isn’t enough; you have to bring it back.
That’s why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call The Prestige.
———— From Christopher Nolan’s movie The Prestige
Financial success in twenty-first-century America involves the same simple steps.
First, the Pledge: you find an ordinary market where ordinary people sell ordinary things. The simpler, the better.
Second, the Turn: you find an arbitrage in that market and squeeze the hell out of it. An arbitrage refers to the opportunity to buy something for one price and instantly sell it for a higher price to someone else.
If this were a book about how to get rich quick, I’d expound on these first two steps. But the point of this book is to expose the dirty little secret underlying the third step of corporate America’s act, its Prestige.
Here’s how it works: pretend like you care about something other than profit and power, precisely to gain more of each.
不觉得现实里的企业与机构就是这样子吗？不要看 ta 说了什么，而要看 ta 做了什么。
Basically, being woke means obsessing about race, gender, and sexual orientation. Maybe climate change too.
「23 年 6 月，美國跨性別網紅蒙托亞（Rose Montoya）日前獲邀出席白宮舉辦的 LGBTQ 活動，但她在開心與總統拜登（Joe Biden）合影之後，卻在白宮花園公開上空裸露，甚至將影片上傳至個人Instagram粉絲專頁，不只掀起眾多議論，同時也惹怒主辦方白宮。」
This is a book that exposes exactly how this disaster unfolded and tells us what we can do to stop it.
- how the woke-industrial complex fleeces you of your money
- how big business, corrupt politicians at home, and autocratic dictators abroad collude to rob you of your voice and your vote in our democracy
- how these actors consummate the most pernicious heist of all: they steal our shared American identity
The true solution is to gradually rebuild a vision for shared American identity.