Woke in Plain English: "Alt right" or "Far right"
Alt Right or Far Right. When the woke say "alt right" or "far right," what they mean is anyone who is not on the far left. Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker's phrase "the left pole" can help make this clear. When one is on the North Pole, every direction leads south. When one is on the far left, every idea that is not from the far left appears to be on the far right. On the left pole, all directions lead to the right. This is why many woke people believe Barack Obama, President Biden and Vice President Harris are on the right. The woke believe these politicians are on the right because the woke are so far to the left that everyone, including Obama, Biden, and Harris, who does not share their beliefs is on the right. Saying someone is alt right is also an excuse to not engage their ideas. By claiming everyone else's political beliefs are on the right, there's no need for the woke to engage or defend different ideas, policies, or political positions. Merely claiming someone is on the right is all the woke need to avoid engaging with disagreement. Deeming something alt right creates a kind of safe space from ideas.