Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America's Social Justice Scam

Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America's Social Justice Scam

by Vivek Ramaswamy
Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America's Social Justice Scam

Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America's Social Justice Scam

by Vivek Ramaswamy


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In this New York Times bestseller, a young and successful entrepreneur and 2024 presidential candidate makes the case that politics has no place in business, and sets out a new vision for the future of American capitalism.

There’s a new invisible force at work in our economic and cultural lives. It affects every advertisement we see and every product we buy, from our morning coffee to a new pair of shoes.  “Stakeholder capitalism” makes rosy promises of a better, more diverse, environmentally friendly world, but in reality this ideology championed by America’s business and political leaders robs us of our money, our voice, and our identity.
Vivek Ramaswamy is a traitor to his class. He’s founded multibillion-dollar enterprises, led a biotech company as CEO, he became a hedge fund partner in his 20s, trained as a scientist at Harvard and a lawyer at Yale, and grew up the child of immigrants in a small town in Ohio. Now he takes us behind the scenes into corporate boardrooms and five-star conferences, into Ivy League classrooms and secretive nonprofits, to reveal the defining scam of our century.
The modern woke-industrial complex divides us as a people. By mixing morality with consumerism, America’s elites prey on our innermost insecurities about who we really are. They sell us cheap social causes and skin-deep identities to satisfy our hunger for a cause and our search for meaning, at a moment when we as Americans lack both.
This book not only rips back the curtain on the new corporatist agenda, it offers a better way forward. America’s elites may want to sort us into demographic boxes, but we don’t have to stay there. Woke, Inc. begins as a critique of stakeholder capitalism and ends with an exploration of what it means to be an American today—a journey that begins with cynicism and ends with hope.   

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781546090793
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 08/15/2023
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 35,926
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Vivek Ramaswamy is a New York Times bestselling author and entrepreneur who has founded multiple successful enterprises. A first-generation American, he is the founder and Executive Chairman of Roivant Sciences, a new type of biopharmaceutical company focused on the application of technology to drug development.  He founded Roivant in 2014 and led the largest biotech IPOs of 2015 and 2016, eventually culminating in successful clinical trials in multiple disease areas that led to FDA-approved products. 

Mr. Ramaswamy was born and raised in southwest Ohio. He graduated summa cum laude in biology from Harvard in 2007 and began his career as a biotech investor at a prominent hedge fund. Mr. Ramaswamy continued to work as an investor while earning his law degree at Yale, where he was a recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.

Mr. Ramaswamy was featured on the cover of Forbes magazine in 2015 for his work in drug development. In 2020 he emerged as a prominent national commentator on stakeholder capitalism, free speech, and woke culture. He has authored numerous articles and op-eds, which have appeared in the Wall Street JournalNational Review, Newsweek, and Harvard Business Review.  

Mr. Ramaswamy serves on the board of directors of the Philanthropy Roundtable and the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity.

Table of Contents

Introduction The Woke-Industrial Complex 1

Chapter 1 The Goldman Rule 11

Chapter 2 How I Became a Capitalist 40

Chapter 3 What's the Purpose of a Corporation? 56

Chapter 4 The Rise of the Managerial Class 82

Chapter 5 The ESG Bubble 106

Chapter 6 An Arranged Marriage 126

Chapter 7 Henchmen of the Woke-Industrial Complex 141

Chapter 8 When Dictators Become Stakeholders 157

Chapter 9 The Silicon Leviathan 182

Chapter 10 Wokeness Is Like a Religion 215

Chapter 11 Actually, Wokeness Is Literally a Religion 240

Chapter 12 Critical Diversity Theory 261

Chapter 13 Woke Consumerism and the Big Sort 274

Chapter 14 The Bastardization of Service 296

Chapter 15 Who Are We? 319

Notes 329

Acknowledgments 355

About the Author 357

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