Steve Sailer on Jordan Peterson

On Jordan Peterson, by Steve Sailer.

Much of the confusion over Peterson seems to come from the interaction of three factors. Is Peterson a warrior against political correctness or a self-help guru for young men or a high-brow traditionalist pro-Western civilization intellectual in the mode of, say, Lord Kenneth Clark, star of the Civilization art history series in the late 1960s that pretty much invented the modern TV documentary?

The complication is that his three roles interact. His standing up to political correctness in Canada is how he came to the public’s attention, but it seems less central to his interests. On the other hand, speaking out against the latest dictatorial craziness about pronouns was crucial to his popularity because by his courage he demonstrated that he possesses strong character, which is part of what he advocates as a self-help guru.

Similarly, it’s radical of Peterson at present to call attention to the greatness of our heritage of Western civilization because the conventional wisdom is now that the Dead White European Males of the past did all they did just out of an evil conspiracy to make today’s ascendant Coalition of the Oppressed feel bad about their own lack of accomplishments down through history and today.

In turn, the Peterson phenomenon implies that this broad campaign by the upper reaches of the culture today to denigrate and demonize males and whites and white males contributes to their current anomie and fecklessness (without, of course, doing much to boost accomplishment by other groups, either).

Thus, Peterson’s endorsement of old individualistic standards of behavior and excellence is widely seen by The Establishment as racist and fascist because, they fear, that white males are likely to accomplish disproportionately more under objective standards.

And the point of contemporary society is not to accomplish things, it’s too make some member of some groups feel better about themselves and have more money and to punish members of some other groups.

Well said.

Commenter Johnny D:

In my opinion, Peterson isn’t all that reactionary. He’s basically a liberal stuck in the early 1990’s, when Canada was still a somewhat serious country.

Like Trump.

Commenter Spud Boy:

Peterson’s appeal is that he’s able to put forth a moral framework for living without appeals to supernatural authority or 2000 year old texts. He frames religion as collection of stories that represent man’s collective wisdom that should not be thrown away just because the supernatural elements of religion can’t be proven scientifically.

His displays of wisdom and common sense directly conflict with the views of the Regressive Left, which has increasingly taken over the humanities departments of Western universities, where they proselytize a religion of their own – a religion of “structural racism”, “oppressive patriarchy”, “gender fluidity”, “equity”, “diversity” and “inclusion.” Peterson has displayed tremendous courage in taking on these forces of ignorance, putting his own personal safety and reputation on the line in the process.

Peterson is also quite humble and willing to recognize that he might be wrong – something refreshing in this era of arrogant YouTube personalities, many of whom are all sizzle and no steak.

Commenter BB753:

The reason he’s being atacked is because he’s perceived as a gateway drug to the stronger stuff for Generation Z.

Peterson does tend to globalism somewhat, but he is a psychologist and an academic so that is perhaps to be expected. Commenter Charles Pewitt offers a warning:

The United States, Australia, Canada, England and New Zealand are connected by blood and spirit. Electronic intelligence gathering also.

The five Anglo-Celtic and Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman nations are under attack from mass immigration and multiculturalism. The USA, England, Canada, New Zealand and Australia are being flooded with foreigners in order to destroy cultural cohesion and national sovereignty.

Jordan Peterson is being pushed by the enemies of the historic ancestral cores of the USA, England, New Zealand, Australia and Canada in order to render the young people of those nations insensate of the true civilizational battle that is unfolding.