With all due respect, there is no context where Peterson’s remarks and attitudes are not condescending, unhelpful drivel. As a prairie lad myself, I understand his fear of change and the appeal of rigid structure, the siren songs of halcyon days past. The good doctor is mentally unwell, and has been for quite some time.
His inability to speak or write precisely and concisely is deliberate. There is nothing he says that cannot be defended by cries of “out of context”, even when they are horrific, regressive calls to seize and redistribute the means of child production. No further exhibit of his complete lack of grasp on reality required than his book Maps of Meaning. I posit that these are the ravings of a madman, of the same ilk as Icke. No same human would draw these - frankly, baffling - diagrams. I know this because I happen to have a neighbor who draws the same Escher mindmaps but with delusions of religious grandeur.
Peterson doesn’t know, and doesn’t care what truth is. He’s simply Pat Robertson in a cheap psychology suit. He’s a one trick pony whose only trick is smashing the straw spectre of Post Modern Cultural Marxism. Sorry, neo-Marxism now, because it’s cool to repeat Nazi propaganda if you change one word. Peterson fears a world without violence because violence is the only tongue he understands. He fears a world without God, for God is his only means of control over others. He fears a world of tolerance, because his intolerance would not pass muster.
The NYT article isn’t the first to examine his statements unedited, in context. I invite you to read the many, many critiques and dialogues written by and for laypeople on the EnoughPetersonSpam subreddit: https://reddit.com/r/EnoughPetersonSpam
I’ve studied this man for a long time. Nobody needs to subject themselves to his 968 hours of ramblings. And nobody ought to. Peterson is a simpleton, a Tony Robbins with more misogyny and less NLP. Nobody should feel bad about listening to him, but I would caution his listeners to be aware of the effects their actions have on others.
Jordan B Peterson sucks at psychology, understands only violence, and wants to impose an ISIS-like state to defend “Western civilization and values”