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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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Students protest controversial academic Jordan Peterson at Sydney Opera House

Students in Sydney are preparing to protest against Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson when he speaks at the Sydney Opera House on February 16. Peterson, employed by the University of Toronto and New York Times bestseller for his self-help book 12 Rules for Life, shot to fame by promoting deeply right-wing, pseudo-scientific ideas that provide a gateway into the growing alt-right movement.

 

Peterson is well known for denouncing a legal change in Canada that he believes will force the use of correct pronouns for trans people. In response to the ‘incel’ phenomenon, Peterson posed “enforced monogamy” for women as a solution and suggested that men are not to blame for violence against “crazy women”. He is an advocate for the supposed superiority of ‘Western civilisation’ and claims that racial inequality is a reflection of difference in IQ.

 

“In many ways, his views are straight out of the 1950s or the discredited eugenics movement that saw inequality as natural,” said National Union of Students Ethnocultural Officer Hersha Kadkol. “But worse, he has become a key ideologue for people radicalising to the right.”

 

Peterson repackages extreme conservatism as common sense, and labels his critics as unreasonable opponents of “free speech”. His appeal to people seeking direction from his guide to self-respect has gained Peterson a worldwide following.

 

Many students are concerned by his growing popularity, and some are organising to challenge his views. “We can’t afford to ignore Jordan Peterson,” said Kadkol. “He’s not just a professor and life coach. His ideas are political. They are waged against the gains hard-won by women, ethnic minorities, LGBTI communities and their supporters.

 

“By protesting, we want to expose the rotten core of his politics. I’m not calling for his visa to be revoked or his speech to be cancelled. That won’t stop the growth of these conservative ideas. We want to use our free speech to show that there are people who don’t stand for the normalisation of bigotry and want to challenge the far right movement Peterson feeds.”

 

Similar protests are planned at Peterson’s events in Adelaide, Melbourne, and Canberra.

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  1. davies

    February 6, 2019 at 10:46 am

    Gosh, I agree with someone on this site. And what an interesting question …“please tell me which existing society you’d rather live in then .. now, or in the past”.

    Someone may reply Scandinavia – not realising that these countries are more pro free market and economic freedom than most other countries, including the USA.

    Personally I’m hoping someone will say Venezuela! Or has the penny finally dropped that it is not the socialist nirvana many left-wingers thought it would be?

    • Pieter Hulshoff (The Netherlands)

      February 6, 2019 at 9:27 pm

      It’s always easy to hold your society up to some Utopian standard .. and find it lacking. It’s quite another to completely remake a society and not have it fall apart at your feet.

      History has shown us time and time again that it’s very easy to ruin a society, and very hard to build one that works. Obviously, you should always look for flaws and try to improve it, but such improvements should be implemented very carefully, and tested very thoroughly to avoid achieving exactly the opposite of what you were hoping for .. or to quote Mencken: “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.”

  2. Pieter Hulshoff

    February 4, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    It’s amazing how many untruths can be published in such a small article!

    No, he did not mention enforced monogamy as a solution for women against incels. He said enforced monogamy (social cultural push towards monogamy, eg, marriage) has traditionally been used to reduce male violence and to provide a safer environment for children. With regards to incels, he said that they need to seriously work on themselves. If every woman rejects you, it’s not the women who are the problem.

    No, he did not state that men are not to blame for violence against crazy women. He stated that only women (and perhaps not even them) can control crazy women, because while male-male violence is socially acceptable, and female-female violence is socially acceptable, male-female violence is only socially acceptable in one direction, and for obvious reasons.
    He has never stated that racial inequality is a reflection of difference in IQ. Please post a link to a video or text by his hand that shows this.

    He has indeed stated that he thinks the current western civilisation is, in spite of all its flaws, the best type we’ve ever managed to create. People are free to disagree, but please tell me which existing society you’d rather live in then .. now or in the past.

    It’s also interesting to see how many of his views used to be seen as left-wing (and still are by the radical right) yet are somehow considered right wing now. I recall when the left would claim that sexual preference was biological, while the right was calling for conversion therapy since they believed it was learned. Now the left is arguing that it’s all just a social construct. That’s a good way to feed the right …

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