Why the Left Is So Afraid of Jordan Peterson
Recently, Caitlin Flanagan argued that the Canadian professor offers “an alternative means of understanding the world to a very large group of people who have been starved for one”—and his stardom is evidence that leftism is on the decline.
My deepest thanks to Caitlin Flanagan for articulating—succinctly, fairly, and finally—the truth about what Jordan Peterson represents: a viable and vital way out of the hyper-partisan morass.
Los Angeles, Calif.
The truth is, Peterson and his followers are just as guilty of playing identity politics as the left. They bring up race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and identity every chance they can.
So no, the left isn’t afraid of Jordan Peterson, the left is annoyed with him. The left is tired of a grifter taking advantage of angry, lonely, people and filling their heads with hateful rhetoric. That’s why they fight Jordan Peterson’s ideology with such fervor.
As a Canadian watching a fellow Canadian become a lightning rod within American political discourse, it amazes me that nearly every American commentator who criticizes or champions Peterson appears to fail to understand either their own history and discourse with respect to party and partisanship or Peterson’s deft treatment of identity politics. Flanagan seems to make the same mistake Peterson makes with respect to this issue—as though identity politics is only practiced by one major party (Democrat) and the fringe elements of the right. It’s as if the Republican party, since the days of Nixon and Lee Atwater, were above it all and never played on identity couched in loaded political concepts and terms. The idea that one can assign blame and limit players of the game to a few is absurd. And if Flanagan is going to write incendiary statements like “Barack Obama, the poet laureate of identity politics,” please have her write a side-piece to defend such a beguiling assertion.