Thursday, February 8, 2018

Should Jordan Peterson be feared?

Asks the Guardian.  This is in a long and respectable series of left wing media articles asking the same thing about other threats to liberal dogma.  In the 1990s, we were asked if Rush Limbaugh should be feared.  Later that same decade, we were asked if Promise Keepers - that movement that called on men to be better husbands, fathers and people in general - should be cheered...or feared.

Asking if those who threaten or challenge the dogmas of the political left should be feared is a subtle, backhanded way of fear mongering.  It immediately puts up warning signals for the under informed.

I'm not saying Peterson is right about everything.  I'm sure he isn't. I get the feeling he wouldn't say he knows everything.  Though the things the article suggests are just 'conspiracy theories' are, in fact, legitimate concerns for anyone who values freedom.  The attempts to use central governments to crush freedom of expression and thought in the name of transgender sensitivities has been one of the most naked assaults on free speech and liberty since the attack on Christian business owners not wishing to endorse gay weddings.

Likewise, calling Peterson's realistic appraisal of kids who want to change the world before making their beds pseudoscience comes hard from the side insisting that genitals and gender are not related, and laws must be passed to protect them from the need for puppy rooms until the world conforms to their reality.  It takes more than anyone from the Left nowadays to sound credible when accusing someone of anything 'pseudo.'

Nevertheless, there's a trend there, this movement against freedom of thought and expression.  And it's a trend that Peterson has latched onto and condemned with a public clarity and intellect we've not seen since the late William F. Buckley, Jr.  That has the Left quaking, and this is the same attack from the old liberal arsenal.  That attack is a pincer movement involving two lines of assault.  Discredit him as somehow an idiot, dolt, moron.  That's where the 'conspiracy theories' comes in.  Just the name suggests some loon sitting in a basement in his parent's house.

The other, of course, is evil.  Fear.  This person is dangerous, a threat, a villain.  The Left has long established that to not be liberal is by default to be stupid, evil or both.  That's been going on for decades.  It's how, for the longest time, liberalism could insist it was about tolerance of everything except stupidity and hatred.  Out of dumb, blind luck, to not be liberal was to be stupid and/or evil.  So there you go.

How well Peterson will weather the assaults remains to be seen.  He caught the Left off guard on the now legendary Channel 4 interview.  They won't make that mistake again.  Next time they'll have him in awkward poses where he can't appear relaxed, they'll set him up so physically he can't look as congenial.  They'll take his makeup off.  Something.  Something to discredit him or in some way cripple him before he opens his mouth.  Then, of course, it will get nasty.

So we'll see.  But it's a song and dance I've seen many times over the years, and it reminds me that there is nothing at all tolerant or diverse about the Left, and never has been.  And the main instrument of that intolerance and condemnation is that thing we used to call the news media, that now only deserves to be called a ministry of propaganda; a ministry whose job is to eradicate all who refuse to convert to the Left's new evangelization.


  1. The biggest problem is thanks to the Left's efforts, a lot of kids don't have their fathers now. JBP is that father figure for them now and kids don't react well when their daddy is attacked.

    He also talks about how a lot of people have expressed gratitude at the real help he has brought to their lives. What kind of attacks can the Left bring against a man who has truly helped others? They'll only end up driving more people out of their camp and making more enemies.

    Heck if anything they'll again help Trump. Because those who might say, "well if Trump only [behaved better]" the crowd can point at JBP and ask, "then why do you try and destroy him too?"

    1. It's a testimony to our age that young men have to turn to a pop psychologist on Youtube for guidance. No dissing on JBP, it's just a fact. I think it was him, or someone in the discussion, that said young men have a double whammy. On one hand, they are entirely irrelevant because just about everything in the world is their fault. On the other hand, they're raised in the modern snowflake mentality. A toxic combination to anyone paying attention. Peterson seems to want them to change their thinking, while those who want them to stay where they are seem to be going after Peterson for stating the obvious.

    2. Oh if you talk to jbp he'll agree with you about how sad it is.


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