Those of you who have been a part of the Politics Done Right family know that one of my most important tenets is keeping the conversation open on all sides. One of our supporters sent a link to a video by Canadian Right-Winger pseudo-intellectual Jordan Peterson discussing post-modernism and its supposed connection to Marxism titled “Political Correctness and Postmodernism”. And of course, the intent is to scare people away from following the poor and middle-class economic policies; classic Right-Wing orthodoxy. Note that when he talks postmodernism he means Left-Wing or Progressives.
My reply to this Right-Wing “scholar’s” video in my newsletter was civil but point of fact.
I am just an engineer turned political activist determined to do my part to empower the masses to claim their worth to this society which in the case of America was denied most from its inception. I do not traffic in high-minded platitudes of little consequence to the reality of most.
I find Peterson to be one who uses many words, some that many will have to research given the state of our educational system, but one who has nothing specific to say. His disdain for those who acknowledge our past evils as they propose not just atonement but material restitution is not just appalling but disqualifying.
Peterson attempts to disqualify the Left by asserting they are devout Marxists. He then implies that the policies they want have only been tried by tyrannical states. Of course, he fails to note that the tyrannical states most on the Left would like to emulate are Scandinavian countries. Of course, my belief is that the Scandinavian countries while orders of magnitude more humane than America, still maintain economic systems where the wealthy profit on the intellect and service of the masses. There is a better way.
There is one phrase that he used that is the coup de grace, the expectation to instill the fear of the Left to his listeners, “Resentment and the demand for power disguising itself most reprehensibly as compassion.” Of course, he implies that it is just power we seek.
- It was unfair power used to colonize the Americas. Collective atonement is not a bad thing.
- It was unfair power that affected genocide in the Americas to take the land.
- It was their power that denied the poor, women, & POCs equal rights under the law.
- It is unfair capital power that has created the billionaires not solely from their own intellect, but the composition of our collective intellect former and present.
I could go on and on. But Mr. Peterson used a large cloth of words to shield the reality. The reality is that the masses when empowered will start asking why. Why did they allow themselves to be antiseptic slaves to the few?
This guy made my blood boil. I would love to debate him in an engineering kind of way.
This is the type of battle we will have to continue to fight. It is one of constant education and enlightenment of the population in general. These guys have a lot invested in the status quo that is hurting the rest of us.
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