Professor rolls out scholars program aimed at ending 'wokeism' in corporate America
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A new scholars program for undergraduates at Troy University in Troy, Alabama, aims to educate students with the principles of the free market to combat woke ideology in corporate America.
"We really believe that businesses acting ethically in good faith follow rules, treat others with respect and enable cooperation and trust among diverse individuals, and that businesses provide value by producing goods and services that make our lives easier and better," Professor Allen Mendenhall, who is spearheading the Free Enterprise Scholars program, which begins this fall semester, told Fox News Digital.
"They don't need to adopt ‘wokeism’ or social justice initiatives, they already contribute to society," he added.
The voluntary program hosted by the privately-funded Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University has so far accepted nine students, who will spend the semester reading and discussing a wide range of texts, such as "Seven Deadly Economic Sins" by Jim Otteson and "Woke, Inc.," by Vivek Ramaswamy.
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Students will also listen to and cultivate relationships with monthly speakers, as well receive training in writing op-eds. The program aims to include an annual keynote address from journalists who specialize in commerce and business economics.
Mendenhall said he and his colleague Professor Dan Sutter found impetus to start the program upon reading "Woke, Inc.," which explored what author Ramaswamy characterized as the detrimental cultural effect that woke, politically correct ideology is having as it seeps into U.S. corporations.
"The call for businesses to be socially responsible presumes that they're actually socially irresponsible presently," said Mendenhall. "But the irony is that when honest businesses pursue ‘wokeism,’ they become irresponsible and begin to act unethically."
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