I’m not sure why Canada breeds such outstanding culture warriors, but we can lay claim to some pretty spectacular characters: Steven Crowder, Gavin McInnes, Lauren Southern, Dr. Janice Fiamengo, Karen Straughan, Dr. Gad Saad and Dr. Jordan Peterson, just to name a few.
If you haven’t spent some time exploring the videos of Peterson, the psychology professor at the University of Toronto who kicked off the apocalypse by getting three hundred thousand people to watch the proceeding of the Canadian Senate, where our esteemed leaders were discussing using the power of government to compel people to say things they don’t want to say, you really should be.
Peterson is not just a great professor and a compelling presenter, he is unabashedly male and masculine in both his ideas and how he conveys them, and I rather like that about him. He has a new video up that is a bit of a slog at over two hours, discussing the reasons young people might want to consider exploring the conservative side of the political spectrum. Peterson notes that his own audience skews both young and male – indicating a genuine interest in the subject matter, which challenges the adage that if you are not liberal when you are young, you have no heart, and if you are not conservative when you are older, you have no brain.
Seems that young men are moving straight to the brainy part of the aisle.
Which is glorious!
The discussion really kicks off at about 40 min, but here’s a quick and dirty partial summary of Peterson’s reasons to be a conservative:
- The fundamental assumptions of Western civilization are valid. The reason people want to move to the West is because we have most things right, principally the structural ideal that the individual has inherent, intrinsic value that exists independently of group affiliations.
- Peace is better than war, but peace requires cooperation, and cooperation means you need to behave predictable and normally most of the time. Your whimsical, snowflake self is of interest only to the people most privately associated with you (and probably not even then). Whimsical snowflakes cannot govern and produce cooperation. They produce conflict, and conflict on the nation to nation scale (war) is not a good thing, in general.
- Opportunity is better than outcome. Equality of opportunity produces just hierarchies of competence, which is what we want. Equality of outcome is straight-up communism and has produced nothing but tyranny and murder throughout history and there is no reason to believe a new communism will be any better.
- Borders are reasonable – without borders, you have chaos
- Privilege and power is often earned, and resentment towards capable people who have earned their positions is a net social harm. Jealousy, spite and resentment do not make for a a peaceful, progressive society.
- You have a right to the fruits of your labor.
- Teach responsibility, not rights.
- Radical change should be viewed with suspicion. Literally, conservatism.
Peterson has more, and explains things more fully in this video, and since principle 6 is one I agree with, I will encourage interested readers to click through, watch his videos and subscribe.
A man well worth your time and energy.
Lots of love,