Jordan B. Peterson – Harvard Talk: Postmodernism & the Mask of Compassion

“The reprehensible ideologies that are based in fundamental Marxism killed at least a hundred million people in the twentieth century, and there are still apologists. One in five scientists identifies as a Marxist.

What happened in the 1960s, as far as I can tell, and this happened most in France — which have probably produced the most reprehensible coterie of public intellectuals that any country has ever managed, is that in the late 1960s when all the student activists had decided that the real Marxist revolution wasn’t going to occur in the Western world, and had finally realized that apologizing for the Soviet system was just not gonna fly anymore given the tens of millions of bodies that had stacked up, that they performed what I would call a philosophical sleight of hand and transformed a class war into identity politics of war. And that became extraordinarily popular.”

“It’s everywhere, it’s not just in campus protests. The campuses are overrun in large part with disciplines that have, in my estimation, no valid reason to exist. I think disciplines like ‘women’s studies’ should be defunded. Any of the activist disciplines whose primary role is the overthrow of ‘the patriarchy,’ which is about as ill-defined a concept as you could possibly formulate … we’ve done enough public funding of that sort of thing.

We’re providing full-time destructive employment for people who are doing nothing but causing trouble. … what they promote has zero intellectual credibility. Their research methods don’t qualify as research methods. Their publications — eighty percent of publications now garner zero citations.”


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