Dr. Jordan Peterson Critiqued: Classical Liberal Incoherence – Jay Dyer (Half)

Is Dr. Jordan Peterson’s worldview coherent? He is certainly eloquent and forceful when refuting many fallacious arguments from opponents, but has he questioned his presuppositions of classical liberalism? I don’t think he has and in this video we look at the good and the bad in Dr. Peterson’s arguments. The second half covers the ideological trek of how we got to the postmodern stage we are in now from the Middle Ages and is available at JaysAnalysis for 4.95 a month or 60.00 per year at the PayPal links.

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13 Comments on Dr. Jordan Peterson Critiqued: Classical Liberal Incoherence – Jay Dyer (Half)

  1. Peterson’s worldview is a mess. Liberalism mixed with secular cultural Christianity, self-help programs and occult jungian psychobabble.

  2. It’s refreshing to see a critique of Peterson that doesn’t resort to schoolyard name-calling – that he’s a bigot, a bully, a Nazi, a boor, ‘an angry white guy’, the ‘stupid man’s smart person’, and so on. You deserve a medal for this, Jay. Recent hit pieces in the Canadian media touch on the ideological contradictions (The Globe and Mail’s ‘Peterson Paradox’ for example) you so clearly delineate, but are so mired in the liberal-progressive muck that they’re incapable of moving beyond slander.

    Peterson does claim to be a Christian, but a ‘strange’ sort of Christian (I heard him say something along these lines). My reading is that he views the Christ archetype as the most comprehensive and highest ideal a modern individual can strive towards. In other words, he adheres to a psychologized, Jungian Christianity. What is the ontological status of Jungian archetypes? As you mentioned, we’re left scratching our heads. However, this ‘strange’ Christian worldview may explain why he persistently turns to evolutionary biology to support claims about the ontological status of groups (male, female, the family), as well as hierarchical structures within human society . If you watched the Channel 4 interview, you’ll recall his explanation of hierarchical structures lies somewhere in pre-history, with the 80 million year old shared ancestor of humans and lobsters. There is an implicit endorsement of social darwinism and a white-washing of contemporary power structures, including the decrepit state of capitalism and Western democracy, with this reliance on evolutionary biology, but this is of course mystified in most of his talks. This also may explain why his moral-ethical positions seem entirely focussed on the excesses of the left, while he hardly touches capitalism, Western democracy, imperialism, the perpetual war machine, and all of what comes under the heading ‘conspiracy theory’. To hear Peterson and Rogan talk about Jeff Bezzos in their recent interview, one could be forgiven for believing that we live in a rational, transparent meritocracy. with only the brightest and most conscientious amongst us managing things at the top. Related to your critique I’d like to add that Peterson is a massive fan of Solzhenitsyn, who serves as his point man for his condemnation of leftist politics. But reading Solzhenitsyn’s ‘Warning to the West’ it’s pretty clear that he believes liberalism to be the fundamental problem and the root of the excesses of Soviet communism, hence the warning to the West that we’re all heading into the very same abyss that Russia had been plunged into – but yeah, it’s not clear Peterson has gotten this point.

    I could go on and on about this, but will end here. Thanks for the excellent critique and the opening of legitimate and coherent criticism of the good professor.

  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvBm0ZUfe7I&t — Seems JBP believes only the individual really exists, and that groups are mere social constructs. Who else believes that? The SJWs! JBP and similar types reminds me of how every degenerate generation throughout history decried their own degenerate offspring.

    Voltaire f.e. argued against the same atheism he had helped push into society. “Atheism dumb because Cosmological Argument!” “Identity politics dumb! Only the individual exists! Group identities are social constructs!”

  4. I just came across this article on a blog I’d never heard of that claims Peterson is shepherding young men back to Christianity and, potentially at least, leading the ‘revival of God’ in the West. Interesting, and somewhat amusing in light of your analysis. https://tipolitics.com/bread-pilled-jordan-peterson-turning-young-western-men-into-christians-again-58864fa39385

  5. Jay,
    Great and balanced critique on Jordan Peterson. I hadn’t heard of him until very recently and that was on Dennis Prager’s Zionist show. The fact he was on the his show told me pretty much what I needed to know.
    Isn’t it so fascinating that when one truly embraces Holy Orthodoxy (Christianity), all falls into place?
    Keep up the good work and hopefully Peterson will “debate” you. But I believe it will be hard for him to break from Western Enlightenment thinking patterns.
    PS: I was raised Greek old-calendarist under Bishop Petros of St Markella’s church in Astoria NY back in the 1960s; currently at St Philip’s Antiochian Church in Souderton Pa. (We have our own Jay Dyer “Fan Club” there!) I like to think of myself as a balanced person with regard to my faith and that’s why it’s so easy to understand and relate to you. I wish you were around while I was growing up. Thanks for your work. TV

  6. Of course this is purely speculation, but one can’t help feeling that Peterson’s “Christian” faith is just a sham just as his mentor/hero C. G. Jung.

    In Richard Noll’s “The Aryan Christ” Noll remarks:

    “Evidence–and there is much of it–reveals Jung to have been an acutely self-conscious heresiarch, much like Julian the Apostate, with whom Jung believed he was an initiate into a fourth-century mystical brotherhood. Like Julian, for many years Jung presented himself as a Christian but in private practiced paganism. Further, even late in life Jung looked upon the orthodoxies of Judeo-Christianity as his enemy and the enemy of life itself.”

    Could very well be that JBP is the modern incarnation of Jung…

    Kudos, Jay, on taking on Peterson and the “Jordanites.” You truly have balls of steel!

  7. Right, just like Jan GNOSTICmedia himself….

  8. Straight White African // February 9, 2018 at 4:14 am // Reply

    One of JBP’s fan boys claimed that most be jealous of the Canadian Messiah’s success because of my rather unflattering comment I posted a while back questioning his ideology and worldview. So, criticism of JBP is apparently off limits, it’s simply not allowed. His followers are narcissistic brats. Clean your room? What kind of self help is this meant to be targeted towards? 5th graders?

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