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Lecture 1: Wokeism—The Frankenstein of Political Ideologies

Dr. Matthew Petrusek

December 13, 2022


In this lecture series, Dr. Matthew Petrusek discusses contemporary progressive ideology, also frequently referred to as “wokeism,” and the response of the Catholic social thought tradition.

In Lecture 1, Dr. Petrusek identifies the ideological components that constitute progressivism and examines what makes contemporary progressive ideology attractive. He also demonstrates how progressivism both appropriates and distorts competing political theories—and yokes those distortions into the service of a particular group’s self-interest.

Learn more about the antidote to ideology in Dr. Petrusek’s course “Catholic Social Ethics: The Antidote to Ideology.”