About the author

Matt is the author, co-author, secondary-author, ghost-author, and non-author of articles, speeches, book chapters, and even entire books! The most recent is his blockbuster The Accidental Activist, which Amazon claims is by his wife Anne Green. So it goes. Currently, he is President of One Step for Animals; previously, he was shitcanned from so many nonprofits that we can’t list them all here. Before Matt’s unfortunate encounter with activism, he was an aerospace engineer who wanted to work for NASA (to impress Carl Sagan). His hobbies include photography, almost dying, and {REDACTED}. He lives in Tucson with Anne, along with no dogs, no cats, no guinea pigs, and only the occasional snake or scorpion.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The New Hotness: Jordan Peterson

So it seems like Jordan Peterson is everywhere now, from Fox News to Bill Maher to multiple events with Sam Harris.

I think it is worth remembering that the thing that made Jordan Peterson famous -- the issue for which he was willing to go to jail -- was his insistence on being disrespectful and rude to trans individuals.

I completely understand why the reactionary right loves Peterson. But I don't understand why anyone who claims to respect human rights would give him a platform. Why would you help advance the career of someone fundamentally dedicated to intolerance?

It is baffling. The only think I can come up with is tribalism -- Maher and Harris have been attacked by members on the left, so they see Peterson (and Charles Murray) as brothers-in-arms.

Tribalism is a very strong force, even among those who claim to be dedicated to reason and equality.


Andrew Roddy said...

If that's all you can come up with you are not really trying. Peterson can be a dick like anyone else but his argument was about being forced to used prescribed language. You don't want to be told what to say any more than anyone else does.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your comment Andrew. There is a lot more at the link above.
Right now, there is so much injustice and outright cruelty in the world, it is hard to know where to start. If, in the face of all the suffering and horrors in the world, you choose as your cause -- the thing you're willing to go to jail over -- opposition to a bill intended to give some basic respect to an oppressed minority, well, that's more than being "a dick."