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He sure is. Oddly, every time I encounter someone who has a knee-jerk downvote reaction to seeing his name, it seems to be the case that they have no idea who he is or what he has actually said. People actually think he is some alt-right figure, which couldn’t be more inaccurate, and certain groups of activists love to promote that.



It really depends on what your definition of "the alt-right" is. If by that term you mean "white nationalist political activist", obviously he's not that. The term is inchoate, people imbue it with different meanings depending on context, and not all of those contexts exclude Peterson.

"Intellectual Dark Web" would be a more fitting category if it weren't such a self-parody.

It's I think worth saying that serious people who have almost certainly put more energy into understanding where Peterson is coming from than any of us here, including having interviewed him in person, have come away from the experience attributing some pretty damning beliefs to him. For instance: I don't think you'd easily win the "he's not an outspoken misogynist" argument. Obviously, that by itself doesn't put him in the "alt-right". But, of course, casually and comfortably engaging with people like Stefan Molyneux muddies the waters on the "alt-right" thing, too (again: in some common meanings of the term).


>”It's I think worth saying that serious people who have almost certainly put more energy into understanding where Peterson is coming from than any of us here, including having interviewed him in person, have come away from the experience attributing some pretty damning beliefs to him.

This is a truly bizarre way to launder your own views through unnamed “serious people,” who, apparently, by virtue of having spoken to Peterson in person, are able to understand his use of the English language better than the rest of us who, presumably, can only see those exact same conversations online.


> People actually think he is some alt-right figure,

He's a socially conservative figure, somewhat popular with the alt-right because social conservatism is a central feature of the alt-right (it may be “alt”, but it is still “right”), though his a commitment to Western liberal (in the classic sense) democracy gets him criticism on the alt-right (which is used to democracy at least in the Western liberal form.) Example of both the praise and criticism (focussed more on the latter) from a site which self-characterizes as being within the “reactionary rationalist” subset of the alt-right: https://greyenlightenment.com/sjws-and-democracy/


To late to edit, but: “the alt-right (which is used to democracy at least in the Western liberal form.)”

Should be: “the alt-right (which is opposed to democracy at least in the Western liberal form.)”


Jordan Peterson isn't alt-right. But sadly, he is beloved by the alt-right, who don't understand him any more than the left does.




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