I’m not in the habit of giving a platform to frauds and hucksters. And I avoid inflating the egos of people who create value, too.
But in some ways this email has been a long time coming.
For the past few months, I’ve been thinking about writing a special Medium piece on the unmitigated genius of Jordan B. Peterson.
About his ignorance of Jung and analytical psychology, which is supposed to be his main competence.
About his bizarre and immature views on women, family and manhood.
About his likely mental illness and sociopathy.
The only reason I didn’t write that article is because I didn’t want to. I felt I’d have to write it at some point, but really, really, really didn’t want to.
Because giving frauds and charlatans even a moment’s attention is nauseating.
(Also because Peterson is physically repulsive.)
Some days ago I discovered that the work had been done for me, and it’s not an article but an entire book put together by self-proclaimed right-winger Vox Day. With an appropriate introduction by no other than fabulous Milo Yannopoulos.
The book is literate, well-researched and entertaining. What absolutely shocked me is that both Vox Day and Milo have spotted the same issues in almost the exact same words that I had: ignorance, demagoguery and mental illness.
I strongly recommend you pick up the book if you’re not yet convinced that JBP is cultural poison.
I know some of you will say that he may be garbage on many things and even a fraud, but on the whole he is a positive force for free speech and young men.
That’s the sort of short-sighted lazy rationalization that’s enabled every demagogue in history.
It’s also the small-time thinking that I fight every day to cure.
But Peterson is orders-of-magnitude more dangerous because he actively poisons the well on so much human flourishment that we’re now only seeding.
He is the enemy. He is more the enemy than SJWs, media censors and tech CEOs. Because they will all self-destruct, but he will poison the new culture with his deranged drivel before it’s even had a chance to take its first true breath.
Which is why I urge you to buy the book. Don’t believe me. Make up your own mind.