“[T]he useful idiots, the leftists who are idealistically believing in the beauty of the Soviet socialist or Communist or whatever system, when they get disillusioned, they become the worst enemies. That’s why my KGB instructors specifically made the point: never bother with leftists. Forget about these political prostitutes. Aim higher. [...] They serve a purpose only at the stage of destabilization of a nation. For example, your leftists in the United States: all these professors and all these beautiful civil rights defenders. They are instrumental in the process of the subversion only to destabilize a nation. When their job is completed, they are not needed any more. They know too much. Some of them, when they get disillusioned, when they see that Marxist-Leninists come to power—obviously they get offended—they think that they will come to power. That will never happen, of course. They will be lined up against the wall and shot.” ― Yuri Bezmenov
Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks to James Lindsay, author of Cynical Theories about how an issue with diversity hiring was the first thing that clued him in to the growing problems of wokeness, his recent red pill moment, and why the useful idiots of woke culture may be more dangerous than the woke. In this clip James describes how participating in an episode of the Dark Horse podcast with Bret Weinstein and Jesse Singal of the Blocked and Reported podcast led him to be more concerned about what he calls the crypto woke.
According to James the crypto woke are people who end up functioning as useful idiots for the totalitarian woke by not taking their demands at face value. By not grasping the true authoritarian goals of woke culture they end up making the ideology seem safe and acceptable which allows it to spread further. These are people who participate in sort of an idea laundering by working for publications like the New York Times, New York Magazine, and The Atlantic. By not standing up to it, some of the more dangerous ideas like the belief that all our institutions are based on white supremacy or the evils of whiteness and white privilege become more normalized and accepted by mainstream culture.