Jordan Peterson is (very) popular. his podcast, Jordan B. Peterson Podcast, is in the Apple Podcasts Top 100 and he is one of the figures of the new Anglo-Saxon right. It is therefore clear that the recording of an interview with Éric Duhaime, leader of the Quebec Conservative Party (PCQ), this Sunday 4 September is likely to play a strong role in our election campaign.
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Some catalog him as a vulgar reactionary and like to make fun of him, including him in all sorts of memes to ridicule his thinking.
Others portray him as a thought leader across a range of conservative ranks, ranging from the masculinist community to the new mainstream conservatives.
After all, one ignores the effect of this thinker, author of world bestsellers, how 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, is risky. And now he’s getting involved in Quebec politics and the current campaign by inviting Éric Duhaime, chairman of the PCQ, to his podcast.
Who is Jordan Peterson? We will try to answer this question in four points.
A purposeful and awakening teacher
Its reputation is sulphurous. It justifies the inequalities between men and women in the name of the laws of evolution. He argues that wanting to eliminate certain forms of discrimination can be dangerous authoritarianism – because such discrimination is inherent in the natural workings of society – and that it would be dangerous to claim to want to eliminate it.
He opposes the Canadian government’s C-16 gender identity law and says he refuses to obey it in a YouTube video. This law allows everyone to be referred to by the first name of their choice (he, he, she, etc.).
His attitude in public, for example during debates, has been described as misogynistic, masculinistic and aimed at ridiculing the opponent, especially when that opponent is a woman.
This attitude means that he does not hesitate to target his opponents in his chronicles and speeches. Our columnist Joseph Facal made headlines for his viral resignation letter from the University of Toronto for his extreme “wokéization” that would endanger liberties, including freedom of expression.
An intellectual accused of “transphobia”.
Recently, Jordan Peterson was accused of transphobia after a battle of words regarding Elliot Page, formerly known as Ellen Page, before being revealed to be trans and non-binary in 2020. His remarks led to his ban from Twitter in July 2022.
In a June 22 tweet, Mr Peterson accused the doctor who enabled Mr Page to be a criminal. He also linked the pride in this tweet (Proud) to a sin.
Following a warning from Twitter asking him to remove the tweet – in line with its anti-hate speech policy – Mr Peterson refused to remove it and it was published on April 1ah July, after which he commented on the topic in a video that went viral.
For many activists and members of the community, his words reflected the various and old allegations of transphobia that have peppered the academic’s career.
On an episode of Joe Rogan’s podcast, tea Joe Rogan experienceFor example, Jordan Peterson believes that being trans is akin to satanic ritual abuse and disease.
A thinker loved by masculinists
Because these kinds of speeches are part of his so-called war on the “transgender agenda,” Jordan Peterson has become a favorite figure of masculinists (incels, in English).
This role model function for the latter was established thanks to his book 12 rules for life, wants to offer a set of simple rules to men who are looking for a guide to life. We find “Stand up straight” (Rule #1), “Tidy up your house before you criticize the world” (No. 6), “Don’t lie” (No. 8), or even “Take responsibility for being a man will” .
Still, it’s his critique of progressive ideology that resonates with this audience.
As the Uzbek and Rica website recalls, Peterson explains that if you try to soothe yourself with talk about benevolence, progressive ideology, and political correctness — that is, talk that feminizes the man, in his opinion — “more and more interest in a fascist ideology”. So, for Peterson, we need to put women back into their natural, biological place, or else we end up in chaos.
Belonging to masculinism haunts him even more given an interview between Olivia Wilde, actress and director, and Maggie Gyllenhaal, actress, about the next film of the premiere. don’t worry darling in the Interview MagazineOlivia Wilde explains that the film’s main character, played by Chris Pine, is inspired by this “crazy, pseudo-intellectual man of the community”. Incl» (“Crazy man, pseudo-intellectual of the incel community”in English in the text), Jordan Peterson.
Peterson responds, in the National Post, He writes that he hopes Chris Pine will at least live up to the “fashionable splendor of my wardrobe” as he pilloried it in this piece of Hollywood revivalist propaganda.
A controversial Canadian academic when it comes to speaking about Quebec politics and the French language
In addition to welcoming Éric Duhaime to his podcast in recent months, Jordan Peterson is no stranger to Quebec politics.
In a Jan. 7, 2022 tweet, Peterson called Quebec Minister of Health and candidate for re-election in La Prairie a “sewage rat” (“scum rat”).
This offensive tweet was issued in response to the public health press conference that raised the possibility of making the third dose of COVID-19 vaccine mandatory as part of the vaccination card.
On an episode of the show by Steven Crowder, a commentator considered to be far-right on the American politics spectrum, Jordan Peterson also had good words for Quebec and the French language.
He explained that speaking French is unforgivable these days. For him, Quebec should join the modern world, implicitly calling for abandoning French and adopting English.
Éric Duhaime, Chair of the PCQ, participated in a replay of the Jordan Peterson Podcast on Sunday, September 4, 2022. The future availability of this interview is likely to be a powerful event in the Conservative campaign and in general election campaigning.