Jordan Peterson is a rock star among the intelligentsia. His social proof is unquestionable. His podcast is incredibly popular. Millions of young men listen to it and make up his legions of supporters. More than one twentysomething has successfully transitioned into manhood by internalizing the lesson of a lobster making his own bed.
Professor Peterson recently published Beyond Order: 12 More Rules For Life. It’s a follow-up to his best-selling 12 Rules For Life where he tells young men they have to embrace toxic primate hierarchies and master the feminine. In this new book, Peterson once again sums up the wisdom found in many men’s magazines and adds multisyllabic words and mythical references to impress readers.
Many online reviews herald the book Here is a part of one by super fan Michael:
One of the worst chapters is titled “Rule VI: Abandon Ideology.” In it, the author—who is ostensibly a cis straight white male boomer—says he thinks the problem with the world is that “we have spent too much time, for example (much of the last fifty years), clamoring about rights, and we are no longer asking enough of the young people we are socializing,” which I guess is just the kind of opinion you’d expect from someone of the author’s background, but I found it irritating enough to be worth noting for the following reasons(
1) As a young person, I actually believe much has been asked of young people recently—we’ve had higher tuition costs, we all have to major in STEM fields now (ideally computer science, which was one of my two majors by the way—the other was Japanese) or just accept that we’re probably going to be broke, our careers are the ones that are disproportionately affected by things like the pandemic and even the previous financial crisis, we have a much smaller percentage of the total wealth in the economy than the Gen X and Boomer generations had at the same age (in the US at least), we have basically no political power so our favorite candidates don’t make it past the primaries and our issues aren’t even on the government’s agenda, etc.;
(2) Clamoring about rights is pretty important and has had great results in recent history, most notably for gay people (like me) because same-sex marriage wasn’t even legal nationwide in the US until about five years ago (and who knows if it’ll even stay legal now that there are six Republican justices instead of five, and the one Republican who supported gay marriage retired?!);
(3) So many people—particularly trans people—still aren’t treated fairly by the government and society, so how can you say that it’s a problem that people are focused on clamoring for rights?!
But Is “12 More Rules For Life” 5G Microchipped?
Professor Canard from Miskatonic University bought 100 copies and found each and every one of the hardcovers’ had 5G microchips in the binding. “As far as I can see they’re the same chips found in the COVID-19 vaccine,” Canard said. “I suspect their purpose is to get readers to buy the Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life workbook.”
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