Jordan Peterson seems to be on a roll. He seems to have a new lease of life and embracing his mantle as public philosopher. Recently gagged by Twattr, let's see how long YouLube will keep giving him a platform. What he talks about here drives a hot poker into the heart of the intellectual foundations of the engulfing global tyranny.
This isn't quite the gun, it is the muffler that makes most people deaf to what is going on.
This is an excerpt of a longer 2017 lecture.
These quotes are in the wrong order, but editing out the padding, I think they make more sense this way round.
Postmodernists don't believe in facts. They believe that the idea of fact is part of the power game that's played by the white dominated male patriarchy to impose the tyrannical structure of the patriarchy on the oppressors. It's like, I'm not making this stuff up! It's embedded right in the theory; all you have to do is read it and you find this out. So they don't believe in facts, while facts would constrain the use of power - at least that's how it looks to me.
The difference between an ideologue and the thinker is that a thinker knows the difference between things that are only partly true and things that are completely true. Things are complicated.
Then you might also ask,"Well why would you want to reduce all human motivations to power?" It's so you can use power. That's why you can justify the use of power, that's force! You don't have to engage in civilized debate, you don't have to give a damn about the facts, especially if you're not a postmodernist, because you don't believe in facts anyways!
And at the core of postmodernism:
There's an infinite number of interpretations of the world; you can't tell which of those are canonically correct - correct!
But I come to this from a different angle. This is relativism! Postmodernism is so infected with Marxism that it is easy to forget that it is the child of relativism. The term itself does a good job at obfuscating its roots as it is a meaningless word that merely signifies its relationship to modernism. Indeed, postmodernism is weaponised relativism.
Peterson doesn't mention that this philosophical position of relativism is far older than the modern science and philosophy he quotes, and can easily be seen in both Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta. However, neither of those two spiritual paths have weaponised the concept. Indeed, the concept is used in the opposite sense of being aware of the ultimate futility in attachments to ephemeral phenomena.
The infestation of weaponised relativism in modern social exchanges is alarming, as it is often used to show both ignorance and superiority at the same time. The inarticulate masses can smugly proclaim their prejudices as valid precisely due to the relativist claim that all such points of view are both valid and, as truth does not exist, such validity is the only measure used. I feel, therefore I am right.
It is even impossible to engage in an argument, as any such argument is assumed to be a power-play rather than seeking some shared truth because, and we come back to this trope, there are no truths. It strikes me as remarkable to have indoctrinated a species into being both stupid and superior - the ignorant narcissists.
Deep down, I have very little interest in groups, and that includes politics. For me, the atomic unit is the individual. And to think of such an individual that has been trained into blind obedience of these doctrines is to look into a mind of darkness. Sure, I must assume that many have gained great influence and power through this propaganda, and must be laughing insanely. But what about those who are believers?
Going back to power, if you truly believe that everything is about power, even relative power, then being a true believer you too wish to partake of such power - the power over others. The power to inform on your neighbours who you see as transgressing the new abnormal. There are no friends in such a world.