Jordan Peterson Is Coming Back, And His Message Is Even Worse
He was grifting from the start
His whole claim to fame was misrepresenting Bill C-16 in Canada. It was about trans rights in the workplace and clearly a protected classes law that he pretended was about mandatory speech. As political commentator Vaush said, “Bill C-16 was as much a mandatory speech law as legalizing gay marriage is a you-must-attend-gay-weddings law.”
Peterson is smart enough to know that, but I think the train had left the tracks.
Anti-woke and anti-cancel-culture rhetoric is always a hit. Peterson just tied it in with academic-sounding words and pretended anything on “the left” was cancel culture. His Youtube showed he had also been on the anti-commie rhetoric for years, and appears to have read one book about it, and therefore anything in the past that was on “the left” was The Gulag Archipelago.
My favorite take was when Noam Chomsky was asked for his thoughts on ‘the Jordan Peterson phenomena.’ He rolled his eyes, said, “I pay very little attention…the best I can do is refer you to an article by Nathan Robinson,” and then he moved on — Robinson’s piece, entitled The Intellectual We Deserve is a more extensive, better breakdown of the man, the phenomenon, and is well worth a read.
…he said it best himself, “I’ve monetized social justice warriors.”
Do five minutes of research on protected classes laws, value theory — particularly Marx’s labor theory of value, and a debunking of the Black Book of Communism. Do that and you’ve got more of a base of knowledge on half the subjects Jordan Peterson speaks on — the one hundred million death statistic he loves to cite was pulled out of a hat, how much more evidence do you need?
Again, if your life has improved from his Jungian psychology, good on you. I have no beef. And if he would stick to psychology, I would have no problems with him either.
But when I ramble on about things I don’t fully understand, nobody hears it. Jordan Peterson has a massive platform, influences the minds of hundreds of thousands if not millions of die-hard followers, and he way too often speaks on topics he knows nothing about.
Is he bad enough to be the Red Skull? No. But anybody with an in-depth understanding of todays’ politics can see why that decision was made; he is Red Skull adjacent. There is evidence Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro, and Steven Crowder lead followers directly to people like Stephan Molyneux and the far right.
Watch an interview with a neo-nazi. Most don’t talk about white power anymore; they talk about the superiority and necessity of preserving “The West.” Does that language sound familiar?
Now “environmentalists” are the problem
The whole genesis of this piece was a recent interview Jordan Peterson did with The Telegraph, where he had to answer such difficult and pressing questions as, “Are you a PROPHET?” It was bat-shit weird.
“I am a psychologist,” was his response, and I’ve never agreed with him more. Now, for the love of all that is good in the world, stick to psychology, Jordan.
But of course, he didn’t, he doesn’t, and he won’t.
In the interview, he makes the comment that “the collapse of our values is a greater threat than climate change.”
That might be, no joke, one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard. Climate change? You know, that slowly approaching end to organized human life that is already resulting in the sixth mass extinction in planetary history, record-breaking temperatures year after year, flooding, wildfires, food shortages, oceanic acidity, droughts, and ever-stronger superstorms.
That’s not as big of a deal as losing our “values?”
Why is combating climate change always said to be a left-wing conspiracy?
Basically, because it is a societal problem that is greater than any one individual and will therefore take all of us to solve. Our “democratically” elected governments are going to have to lead the way. And we’re even going to have to work with nations we don’t completely agree with.
Think of it like the WWII war effort of everybody doing their part and changing their habits for the common good.
Unfortunately, Jordan Peterson isn’t the first to say climate change action is somehow left-wing authoritarianism. The Koch network has been spending hundreds of millions trying to convince the world that it is a left-wing conspiracy.
According to right-wingers across the globe, Stalin is reaching from beyond the grave to turn up the thermostat on planet earth, all in order to usher in a new era of Socialist Utopia — cheers komrades! The government is going to invest in clean energy? That reminds me of the Soviet purge in ‘37!
There’s a whole community and economic system built around that very message. I live in the Czech Republic, and former Czech President Vaclav Klaus gets paid to speak at right-wing events like the Heartland conference, and talk about how he lived behind the iron curtain in Czechoslovakia, and therefore, knows the horrors of socialism firsthand and can state, matter-of-factly, that yes, any action to mitigate climate change is, by definition, socialism.
Similar to doctors taking big tobacco money to say cigarettes aren’t dangerous and pregnant women should definitely light up a Camel, Klaus’ grift is obvious and apparent. It’s “here, take our money and help us continue to red-bait and burn fossil fuels until we all die.”
As for Jordan Peterson, I can only speculate as to why he would say something so stupid.
We’re literally staring down the barrel at the end of civilization, and he’s talking about our fading values? Like losing some purely propagandized bullshit version of “Western-Judeo-Christian-Enlightenment-Individualist-Freedom” could be more dire than the death of the human species?
He actively hurts the discourse
And he always has — again, the caveat being outside of psychology. The moment he comments on the state of the world, he turns into a right-wing shill. Charles Koch couldn’t pay him to be more on message — keep hitting those Green-Post-Modern-Neo-Marxists, Jordy-boy!
Anti-woke rhetoric is always a hit. It is very, very low-hanging fruit. Is cancel-culture a problem? Sure. Is it the number one issue facing our society today? Please.
I wish that was our “gravest” issue and, funnily enough, I never see Jordan Peterson or right-wing culture warriors raise an eyebrow when people like the aforementioned Nathan Robinson get canceled — he lost his job for tweeting a joke.
With his own personal problems — the dude is clearly not following his sixth rule — the rise in fascism, plastic in the ocean, the many refugee crises, COVID, homelessness, child hunger, falling life expectancy in the US, and one hundred billion other serious issues, to claim “losing our values” is more dire than climate change is, like I said, ridiculous.
One has to live so deep in a right-wing rabbit hole to come to that conclusion. If “the West” ever even had the values he claims, they were abandoned decades ago.
We need to act now, together
The most recent IPCC climate report was bleak and stated that we need to keep our warming below two degrees Celsius by 2050. In a nutshell, we have to stabilize at 1.5 degrees of warming by the end of this decade to stave off disaster. And even if the Paris Climate Accords were followed to a T, which they aren’t and won’t be, we still wouldn’t get there.
If we get to two degrees of warming, it’s basically a doubling of our current extreme weather events and will accelerate. And their models aren’t sure exactly how f-d we will be. The planet will survive, but society as we know it most certainly will not.
You think we have a refugee crisis now? Imagine massive droughts across Africa and half of Southeast Asia underwater. Everyone needs to have Greta Thunberg levels of seriousness about this issue.
Change and invest now or die later; those are our options.
And we need that change to occur at every level. Yes, we as free individuals basking in our god-given liberty also have to do something. We have to change our consumption habits, cut down on meat, seafood, plastic, driving Ford F-250’s, and consumerism in general.
Most importantly, I hate to say it, but we need our governments to take the helm. They need to stop giving oil and fossil fuel SUBSIDIES — you know, that socialism right-wingers love. They need to regulate the largest polluting industries.
And they need to heavily, heavily invest in green tech. They can create jobs and open the space for the private sector to come in and shift the economy in a positive direction.
Edison/Tesla invented the lightbulb, but the government funded the electric infrastructure so our great grandparents could utilize it. Bell invented the telephone, then that pesky government put money forward and made sure phone lines reached the whole population.
Bill Gates didn’t invent the computer nor did Steve Jobs invent smartphone technology. Look at the underlying tech that has propelled us forward, and more often than not it is tax-payer-funded research that got it off the ground.
And Elon Musk isn’t going to save us from the apocalypse — he himself has gotten $4,700,000,000 in government support for his ventures, bloody free-loader.
We also need to rethink how we measure our economic growth. Much too reliant on resource extraction and consumerism, our current economies are built around the illusion of infinite, exponential profits on a limited planet. We’ve reached the ecological limits. We need a nice dose of realism and a reevaluation of GDP — they changed the way they measured it in the past, it is time for another rethink.
From governments to individuals, we all need to understand the problem and strive for a common goal. Like the title of economist Marianna Mazzuccato’s new book, we need a Mission Economy: A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism.
We did it in the past, we can do it again.
We need a vision and direction. We need — cover your ears — collective action.
And Jordan Peterson needs to stick to psychology.
A comment I saw on an online forum — that I would love to but can’t take credit for — said it best: