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By John Zmirak, The Stream, July 19, 2020

John Zmirak is a Senior Editor of The Stream, and author of the new Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism. He received his B.A. from Yale University in 1986, then his M.F.A. in screenwriting and fiction and his Ph.D. in English in 1996 from Louisiana State University.


John ZmirakIn my last column I channeled “Wokethug,” the Principality or Power who’s coaching both the white racist fringe and our “Anti-Racist” elites. Since today I want to unfold more of the playbook which he’s using, I’m tempted to cast it in his words again, rather than mine. But a little bit of C.S. Lewis-pastiche goes a very long way. No one today writes half as well as Lewis did. The longer you go on trying, the more you risk embarrassing yourself. So pardon me if I’m equally blunt this time, without wearing Wokethug’s mask.

Wokethug’s a busy fellow, managing all his marionettes on millions of tiny strings in a vast centripetal spider’s web. He squats at the center and grins.

Through most of our major media, the actions of Caesar and Mammon, and the mouths of countless pastors, he hammers home his catechism. He’s teaching us, with all the relentless patience of a tireless, bodiless spirit. And too often we mindlessly or wearily assimilate his lessons. It takes so much mental energy to fend off all of them, like constantly swimming upstream. Dear God, I’m exhausted. Aren’t you?  …