Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Jordan Peterson Destroys The Myth Of The Alt-Right

The alt-right is a fantasy. Identity politics and racism in particular have no foundation on the right. Jordan Peterson is the hottest thing in conservative intellectual thought right now, with apologies to Ben Shapiro who is a close second. Here's Jordan's latest video, hosted by Prager U, which is the hottest thing in conservative marketing right now.

If you take that message - look at yourself for the sources of your problems - and turn it up to 11 or 110 or 1100, you cannot find a path to racism. Racism is the exact opposite of it. Racism blames others for your problems.

There is no route from Jordan Peterson to racism. Period. Full stop.

Elizabeth Warren, on the other hand, is the very embodiment of the hatred of the other that drives racism. You are perfect just the way you are and if it wasn't for them, you'd get ahead.

Elizabeth Warren is not just a thinker, but a top-flight leader on the left. Take her pronouncements and turn them up to 11 or 110 or 1100 and you can easily get yourself to white nationalism, as @proteinwisdom points out.

This morning at the gym, I was listening to the Andrew Klavan podcast from yesterday. Sadly, he's still referring to white supremacists as creatures of the right. That's kind of surprising as he's an influential voice on the right and gets plenty of praise for his rigid opposition to identity politics and support for individual liberty and accountability.

Our spokespeople have to stop buying into this alt-right mythology. This is nonsense. I have no kinship to racists of any kind and I resent being told that I do. If you want to accuse me of not having sympathy for people of color by not acknowledging their struggles, go right ahead. Guilty as charged. But you cannot tell me the things I believe or the people I follow lead to racism.

You can't get there from here.


IlĂ­on said...

With reference to the JP video, the whole leftist worship of "changing the world" is about changing *other* people, rather than oneself.

K T Cat said...

Great point. It kind of ties into the self-esteem movement that says you're perfect just the way you are. If that's the case, why work on yourself? If you're not getting what you want, it can't be you it can only be them. Until they change, there's no point in you even making an effort.

The link between that and the outcomes of the Baltimore schools is pretty clear.