WATCH: Vivek Ramaswamy On Why Left And Right Should Fight Woke Capital
Former entrepreneur and author Vivek Ramaswamy joined Saagar Enjeti on his show to discuss the problems with woke capital and why it should concern both those on the left and right.
The segment started with Ramaswamy describing his humble roots, hailing from a family of Indian American immigrants who raised him in Southwest Ohio before he went on to attend Harvard University for Molecular Biology and later Yale Law School.
Ramaswamy went on to do much in his career ranging from a failed attempt in stand-up comedy to starting his own medicine-producing pharmaceutical company.
Early in the interview, Ramaswamy attacked corporate elites in America for “pretend[ing] like they care about something other than profit and power precisely to gain more of each of them,” and said he thinks this “new trend is dividing our country to a breaking point and represents an existential threat to American democracy.”
“I think that new trend is dividing our country to a breaking point and represents an existential threat to American democracy because it demands that a small group of investors and CEOs determine what’s important to us, on questions from racial justice to environmental change, rather than the democracy at large.”
The author then told the audience that he tackled this topic and more in his new book “Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam.”
Ramaswamy later discussed how woke culture in the United States hurts both sides of the political spectrum, previewing a story in his book about how a corporation that built a statue for a woman because she complained that she was paid less than a male colleague, and its decision to sue the creator of the statue for reproducing it later on.
He concluded the segment speaking on the desire of many corporations to appear virtuous rather than truly pursue good in its true form, explaining that it means we cannot trust a corporation to be a steward for good.
“At some point, your interest becomes in preserving the appearance of pursuing virtue rather than actually being a steward of virtue itself,” Ramaswamy said. “I think it is a lot easier to appear to be virtuous than it is to be virtuous, and I think that inherently the nature of what a corporation is, makes it a particularly bad story.”
“We cannot trust a corporation to do anything other than cultivate the appearance of goodness when they’re ultimately rewarded for that appearance…” he banally concluded before wrapping up the interview with a few more words.