Why activists’ opposition to Jordan Peterson is so virulent

By Temporal Tui

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Spending the last five or six years rusticating in rural Tasman has reduced my tolerance for cities and crowds, yet I flew to Auckland to see Jordan Peterson speak. The Auckland Town Hall was packed to listen to his first New Zealand event on Monday Night.

Despite the constant rhetoric of how much Jordan Peterson appeals to young white men, the composition of the audience didn’t reflect that. It was, in a word, diverse. If there were more men than women there it was not by much and the ages of the audience varied from late teens to the one elderly lady complete with crutches and hearing aids.

I saw tattoos, beards, several man-buns, summer dresses and formal business suits. It was an interesting audience to say the least, which may or may not have included several prominent New Zealand ..um..er .. journalists. One of whom may or may not have been Kyle MacDonald. NZ Herald’s Will Trafford was also there interviewing the most newsworthy people he could find including the obviously slightly nutty man trying to sell his book at the door. I was a little disappointed that there ware no protesters I was looking forward to seeing the famous “Iris”

The event started somewhat late at 8 pm. Being somewhat impoverished, my seat was so far back that I needed glasses just to see the stage. However, Jordan Peterson’s presence is unmistakable. When he came on stage he received a massive round of applause with many people standing; to which he responded, “that was very nice of you”.

He spent nearly the next two hours talking almost exclusively about his book, what each of the 12 rules meant and how he came to write them. He spoke of the importance of finding purpose in life, shouldering responsibility and speaking the truth as best you can.

Ironically it’s this concentration on improvement through individual action and responsibility that is despised by many of his progressive critics because it ignores the narrative of marginalisation, oppression and victimhood where certain groups suffer unfair and undue hardship and need special assistance in the interests of ?equality?.

It is a narrative that is vigorously promoted by activists who claim to be acting for the marginalised. It is no wonder their opposition to Jordan Peterson is so virulent as he threatens their very existence (and their jobs). If he has helped even a small percentage of his audience, that is a huge number of people who have discovered that it is within themselves to improve their lives without the need of special assistance, racial justice, gender equality, anti-discrimination programs, quotas or in fact collective activism at all.

He spoke a little bit about the importance of Rule 8. Tell the truth or at least don’t lie. It’s the importance, psychologically, of not saying or writing things you know to be untrue and of speaking the truth as precisely as possible. That is something that deeply resonates with me and it is one of the reasons I am writing today. The truth isn’t always nice and it certainly isn’t often politically correct but it’s always important; you cannot build a stable life or a stable society on lies no matter how idealistic and pleasant those lies may be. Jordan Peterson follows his own rule; he speaks the truth and people either love or hate him for it.

Overall it was an interesting and enjoyable experience (despite being in Auckland). His talk went overtime as usual, my God, that man can talk and talk fast! For a Jordan Peterson event, it was a little lacking in fire, perhaps due to the absence of wingman Dave Rubin or because he’d got off the flight from Australia a few hours earlier. Whatever the case, I am looking forward to hearing about the rest of his events in New Zealand.

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