Jordan Peterson’s Resignation is About One Thing: Money
I have off and on followed the narrative surrounding Dr. Jordan Peterson since he emerged into the mainstream discourse. Not because I agree with him, but because I want to debate him someday. Given my status as a rising academic, and an Afro-Dutch immigrant from the U.S. to Canada, I believe Peterson’s version of reality to be out of touch, if not blatantly flagrant.
In his latest gaffe for the National Post, Peterson calls Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts, D-I-E instead. He believes the Canadian and American tardy (but new) changes to match the modern world’s demographics are dangerous. Peterson believes that higher education is attempting to rid white straight men of the academy, in the name of “woke culture.”
Has he seen the academy lately? I wonder if he knows that in his home Province of Alberta (where I live), there are universities with entire humanities departments that contain no Black or Brown people on the faculty. Once again, Peterson demonstrates that he is only in touch with folks who get 90% of their news from unqualified reporting. He only wishes to speak to his echo chamber filled with unmitigated gall.
Peterson states that all students who study under him will be barred from most academic positions. Can he really say that as a formerly tenured professor (now emeritus) at Canada’s top university, which also happens to be nearly a top 25 university in the world? Is he really being silenced while writing for Canada’s National Post? Come on, doc…
In the Art of War, Sun Tzu speaks of knowing your enemies. Tzu claims:
“If you know the enemy, and know yourself, you need not feel the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.”
Nearly all of Tzu’s ancient wisdom is evergreen, hence why it is still one of the most widely read books 2,000 plus years later. It can and should be applied to the fragile with the utmost success like Peterson. They are the types of people I am going to be battling in academia, blatant ignorance and right wing pandering, all disguised by elite credentials. This is ultimately why I…