Last week something insignificant occurred that may in future assume greater importance….
The event was an interview between Jordan Peterson, a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, and Cathy Newman, a star of television current affairs in Britain. To say that the interview was a disaster for Newman is to understate the case. A Tyrannosaurus Rex savaging a poodle would be a better description.
The significance of the interview is that a ventriloquist of the feminist establishment was entirely vanquished by the simple facts and logical coherence that Peterson used to present his case. At one stage, Newman lost the power of speech, such was the persuasive force of Peterson’s arguments. It was a tour de force of logical persuasion.
Every feminist argument that Newman used to denigrate, belittle or distort Peterson’s views – the usual grab bag of fallacious nonsense – backfired spectacularly. We saw the intellectual emptiness at the heart of third-wave feminism. It wasn’t just that oxygen was taken from feminism’s claim to intellectual credibility. It was that the shrieking, ranting monster that feminism has become was shown to be nothing but a deflated bag of wind.
Newman used the usual feminist slogans, distorted statistics and ad hominem arguments, but the propaganda didn’t work.
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How PC propaganda usually works:
The question is why did the propaganda not work this time when it’s worked for decades? The answer is the perfect smugness of the feminist establishment. And the role of propaganda in limiting your worldview and your ability to think. …
The propaganda that is ever-present in state-run-media organisations is almost totalitarian because officially sanctioned views are pervasive across the drama, history, culture, entertainment and news departments. Even the self-described radical comedians utter politically correct platitudes. Goebbels said that the best propaganda is not noticed. It’s the background noise of a culture. For propaganda to work, it has to be normalised and ubiquitous. An actress in a sitcom casually utters a remark about the gender pay gap. A sports presenter says he can never remember it being so hot. On the breakfast show, someone makes a snide comment about the intelligence of poor white Americans.
Or, on a current affairs show, a clever but unintelligent interviewer, one armed with a scripture of politically correct answers, ridicules anyone with a different view. The propaganda is invisible and relentless. And it works. For a while.
And Newman didn’t even use this argument.
hat-tip Stephen Neil