What are Jordan Peterson's Political Beliefs

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What's the best way to describe Jordan Peterson? Maybe like this: his fans are dependent on the independence he promises them dearly. At the end of November, Peterson, with a fresh complexion and a gray and white full beard from Maui, Hawaii, reported in a video message to his readers in South Korea. He is a great admirer of South Korean culture, he says, because "what you have achieved in the past 40 years is nothing short of a miracle". Peterson speaks in empty phrases and, as usual, very seriously. He hopes his book will make the world a better place, he says, and in the comments below the clip, his followers implore them to finally visit their country. The best thing about this short video, however, is that Jordan Peterson on the Jordan Peterson YouTube page with the fans of Jordan Peterson ironically with “Thank you, I'm Dr. Jordan Peterson, byebye “passed.

For those who do not know him: The man comes from Canada, is 56 years old, a psychology professor by profession and has been a bestselling author since this year. His book "12 Rules for Life" has sold over two million times. He tours the world, sells Skype private sessions, is supported by over 8,000 sponsors on the Patreon crowdfunding platform, and almost a million people follow him on Twitter. In the "New York Times" Peterson, who claims to eat only beef with salt, was described as "the most influential intellectual in the western world".

For those who know him: Yes, sorry, Peterson is still on the agenda, but that also has to do with the fact that his work has now been published in this country, "Spiegel" cleared eight pages for him in one of the last issues and Germany may be building a relationship with this person that is much more irritating than the person himself. Peterson is always brave. And obscure. But behind most of his pseudo-intellectual statements, there is only the encoded reproduction of right-wing resentment. And that's neither obscure nor brave.

“How can we survive in the modern world? Jordan B. Peterson answers this question in a humorous, surprising and informative way, ”writes Goldmann Verlag, which belongs to Random House, on its website and promises:“ This book will change your life! ”If you don't know better, you could be cheeky Guides expect, comparable to help books like “Chicken Soup for the Soul” and “Soul Quickies for Every Day”. But since Peterson has been hopping between the classroom, interviews and YouTube for years, you can actually know better.

His book. 576 pages, twelve rules. Stand up straight and spread your shoulders! Tell the truth or at least don't lie! Be precise in your expression! Between these banalities, Peterson quotes Friedrich Nietzsche, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Carl Gustav Jung and again and again the Bible. "People who refuse to fight for their territory, that is, for pure self-preservation, are so mercilessly exempted," he writes.

His world of thought is manageable: order is masculine, chaos is feminine. Individualism beats collectivism. What people need are hierarchies. The idea that whites are privileged and that women have been systematically oppressed throughout history is wrong. And by the way: Since the end of the Soviet Union, neo-Marxists have been undermining Western civilization and threatening its greatest achievement, free speech, which is why Peterson does not allow himself to be dictated how he should address trans people.

Peterson has identified the evils of this world, radical feminism, the left, identity politics, postmodernism, neo-Marxism, whereby he pays little attention to the history of these terms and ideas in his book. It is noticeably often that women are to blame. In chapter five he writes that "the secret agenda of many mothers" is "to bring in the next emperor of the universe." After a 25-year-old man who publicly positioned himself as a misogynist murdered ten people in his car in Toronto in April this year, Peterson commented, "He was angry with God because women rejected him." Peterson recommended a social remedy hence “enforced monogamy”.

Much of what Peterson says is authoritarian. Ultimately, however, he gives his hard-working fans, who are mostly male and white, on the way that their chauvinism and all privileges are okay as long as they adopt the correct posture. Peterson propagates a sense of responsibility, but his readers can calm down: Derrida and Horkheimer, the old insecure leftists, have even more responsibility. For around ten euros - that's how much his book costs - his fans get Absolution. A good deal for both of you.

What is the best way to describe Peterson? Maybe like this: Daddy doesn't give charter, he sells them.

It is hardly surprising that right-wing extremists, Incels (this is the name given to abstainers), Proud Boys (this is the name of a group of right-wing extremists in the USA), conspiracy theorists, Trump fans and Breitbart are among his supporters. What is more interesting is that many people who would probably count themselves to the liberal center feel a fascination for men. You could see what this fascination looks like in a large portrait in “Spiegel” three weeks ago. A text that in some places reads as if it had been written by a fanatic who had to maintain the appearance of a critic. Instead of questioning or even correcting Peterson's thought patterns, they are taken over again and again.

"Now Peterson actually rejects the feminist idea that the tyrannical patriarchy is responsible for all the evils of this world," writes the "Spiegel" author, although only a few minutes of Wikipedia research would have been enough to know that the "feminist Idea “was. Peterson's followers are belittled as "lonely urban boys seeking meaning" and "men who have questions instead of answers". The fact that a British journalist received death threats after an interview with Peterson is not attributed to the widespread misogyny in Peterson's community, but rather to the fact that “popularity on the net also means polarization, anger, hatred”.

The author discovers alarmism in Peterson's opponents, and he is more generous with the protagonist himself. Peterson seems like a release. For all the men who have been waiting for a carnivorous professor to pack the banal contempt for feminists into meaningful sentences. What remains of the "Spiegel" text? Peterson is “non-conformist”, “charismatic” and “curious”. A cowboy with positions that are in the “spectrum of conservative-libertarian thinking”.

How do you best describe him? Perhaps as the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” did in April, that is, as “the voice of the silent liberal center”. Just completely different from what the newspaper said at the time.