In 1910, when the industrialists and intelligentsia both promised only "progress," G. K. Chesterton was among the few in the West who could see the brewing ideological storms that would soon make landfall, not just in the form of world wars and totalitarianism but in the pervasive modern dehumanization that consumes us to this day.
More than a century ago, Chesterton perceived the beginnings of "woke capital" and how it aligns with and promotes social progressivism. There is an unspoken alliance between big business and progressives, he explains. The one (big business) impoverishes the worker, eviscerating the material conditions of family life, while the other (the progressive) tells him he doesn't need family anyway. Big business "wants women workers because they are cheaper," while the progressive "calls the women's work 'freedom to live her own life.' "
Chesterton saw, to