Friday, 19 January 2018

Jordan Peterson, Critical Theory and the New Bourgeoisie


That interview of Professor Jordan Peterson by Cathy whatever her name is on Channel 4, is causing quite a stir, at least among my Facebook friends and on my twitter feed. 

Might it be a turning point?

A lots of good things have been written about it. I liked this article by Uri Harris in Quillette entitled
Jordan B Peterson, Critical Theory, and the New Bourgeoisie.
It contains the insight:
The identity of the group providing the intellectual foundation for both critical theory and the social justice movement are mostly white middle-and-upper-class intellectuals from the political left in advanced Western economies. It may be more illuminating to see this group’s interests as the driving force of
societal change, rather than those of the ever-changing group of the powerless. In effect, the intellectuals of the political left are creating the type of society they personally want to live in. ‘The powerless’ are temporary allies on this journey.
Over the past few decades, this group has become increasingly powerful, essentially becoming a bourgeoisie much like the one Marx and the early critical theorists were criticising, and using many of the same mechanisms: suppressing criticism through control of the news media and now social media, enforcing rigid etiquette in speech and behaviour, using the education system to teach its values, and most importantly, representing its own interests as universal values and beliefs.

Critical theory and Gramscian Marxism have taken hold in universities and we have reached the stage when, without one noticing, non feminist and anti feminist arguments are almost never heard these days. 

Why don't people say that equality is a chimera and hierarchy is the way the universe is organised? Everyone is created differently and placed differently.

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