Professor Peterson makes some extremely important observations & admonitions in this Q&A.
First, the typical left-wing student is more like your neighbor’s 19 year old kid than they are a hardcore Marxist revolutionary. They are more clueless than cause motivated; until they get in with a frenzied mob.
Second, we can’t win a battle of ideas unless there is a debate to be had. And there can’t be a debate when everything is on fire and there’s blood in the streets.
So, our first goal has got to be peace as opposed to winning the argument. Don’t allow the malevolent tendencies that exist within all of us to dominate. That is how things spiral out of control, fast!
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Professor Peterson discusses the implications of the genetic lottery, hard work, success, competence hierarchies, merit and fairness as determinants of social stability in a post-industrial age.
One of the most fascinating discussions I’ve ever heard about socio-economic & socio-political issues.
Proof that honest discussions, which generate better understanding, can happen when we view different opinions as coming from different vantage points rather than as “the opposition.”
It’s not the content of your belief that makes you dangerous, it’s the way you believe it.
Why do we tend to have a more negative visceral reaction to Nazism than to references about the consequences of Soviet Communism?
Dr. Peterson provides insight into why and also why it might be a distinction with little practical difference.
One of the mistaken ideas of Marxism (collectivism philosophy) is that wealth accumulation in the hands of a few is inherent, and specific, to Capitalism. This fails to recognize that in any endeavor -regardless of who plans it or who participates – that success in that endeavor will always be disproportionately held by a few for reasons that have nothing to do with oppression or theft. This may help explain why the egalitarian promises of socialism & Communism never plays out as it is conceived.