Conservative activist, podcaster, author, and U.S. Army veteran Rob Smith says it’s time for conservatives to respond in kind against the far-left, woke agenda and perhaps that will encourage corporations to “grow a spine” and resist what he described as economic blackmail.
In a discussion with “The Next Revolution” host Steve Hilton on the Fox News Channel, Smith noted with that in mind that the Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game and a big movie production with Will Smith both pulled out of Georgia after the enactment of the voting reform bill.
“I say that conservatives need to start fighting back. We need to start boycotting things, and we need to start making our voices heard in this way, because if we do not start fighting fire with fire, we are going to be in the same place with this corporation, with this fight, that we are with entertainment, with media and journalism, and with academia. And that place is on the losing side,” he said.
Smith was referencing the fact that the left essentially controls academia, the media, and the entertainment industry because “conservatives laid down 30-40 years ago and allowed this to happen.”
The quote “politics is downstream from culture” is often attributed to the late Andrew Breitbart and suggests, in part, that the right would have been far better off in creating and funding cultural institutions rather than bankrolling position-paper-generating think tanks.
“And so now, what [the progressives are] trying to do is create a kind of shadow government where far-left Twitter has so much control over our large corporations that they are using that to influence policy. They’re using that to engage in economic blackmail,” Smith claimed.
(Video: Fox News)
Hilton began the discussion by advocating for conservatives adopting the left’s toolbox when it comes to the identity politics-obsessed corporate sector.
Instead of surrender and metaphorical “cultural disarmament,” which the left wants the right do, conservatives have to fight back against wokeism with boycotts, social media campaigns, and shareholder activism, he contended.
Hilton and Smith agreed that GOP elected officials should cease passing business-friendly legislation that benefits these corporations with woke CEOs.
An example is the Republican-controlled Georgia House voting to rescind tens of millions in tax credits for Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines after the company’s CEO ripped the voting law. (It remains to be seen if the state senate will take the necessary parallel action.)
“I think that the corporations and the woke left and everybody — they are used to weak Republicans, They are used to weak conservatives that lose with quote unquote dignity. They’re used to people not fighting, and until we stand up and start fighting, and start standing up to this, they are not going to see that we are fighters, and that we will push back,” Smith asserted.
“If we don’t stand up right now, this is just another battle that will be lost,” Smith warned.
Noting that Twitter outrage is fleeting, Smith asserted that it is possible to resist pressure from the woke mob, using Coinbase as an example of same.
“What these corporations need to realize that if they grow a spine and if they stand up against the stuff — the woke Twitter mob thrives on outrage, and what they are outraged about today will not be what they’re outraged about tomorrow. And so what we need to see is some of these corporations start standing up, being stronger, and weathering the storm.”
Hilton described wokeism as a “product of a one-hundred-year effort to destroy faith, family, and culture.”
(Source: Fox News)
Some years ago, conventional wisdom held that campus activists would have to adjust their attitude when they took jobs in the real world. It turns out that just the opposite has occurred, with the business community often quickly giving in to both internal and external far-left pressure.
This is a phenomenon which is enabled by the inordinate amount of attention paid to left-wing Twitter by corporate PR departments, as implied by Rob Smith.
Some might say that Ayn Rand, to some degree, eerily predicted the current state of affairs in the corporate woketopia in “The Fountainhead,” published way back in 1943. In one of the subplots, the newspaper mogul in the novel realizes that the left-wing labor union, rather than him, is in charge of the business, and he eventually abandons his principles and capitulates.
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