This week we inaugurate “The Conspirituality Ticker,” a weekly bullet-point rundown on the ongoing pandemic of influencers who spread medical misinformation to sell disaster spirituality. We’ll also continue with “The Jab”, our segment on conspirituality-driven vaccine hesitancy.
The big news this week is the resurrection of Jordan Peterson. After surviving a medically-induced coma in a Russian rehab facility, and then COVID on top of that, Peterson has re-emerged, weakened but resolute, as both hero and provocateur. The announcement from Penguin Canada that his new book of another dozen self-help rules prompted Penguin employees to protest their involvement in an emotional town hall.
In this episode, we’ll dive into Peterson’s imaginarium. We won’t totally discount his button-down commonsensical advice, but we will explore how it has lent intellectual support to the alt-right. Is he a conspiritualist pioneer as he wars against the Neo-Marxist Cabal and dreams of a Jungian promised land? Matthew will add a view from Peterson’s hometown of Toronto, where the messianic prof has been open about his ambitions in right-wing Ontario politics. Julian interviews dissociation debunker Jeff Brown, who champions “enrealment,” and has a heartfelt critique of what he calls the “new cage” movement.
02:21 Conspirituality Ticker
27:22 The Jab
36:35 Jordan Peterson Reborn
1:16:18 Interview with Jeff Brown
All music by EarthRise SoundSystem (Duke Schommer + Derek Beres)
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Toronto public health shuts down Etobicoke restaurant for allowing indoor dining in defiance of COVID-19 measures
Splitting 5 to 4, Supreme Court Backs Religious Challenge to Cuomo’s Virus Shutdown Order
Canadian Bar Association on c16, which Peterson didn’t understand
Peterson co-presents with Proud Boy founder Gavin McInnes
Peterson boosting Tanya Granic Allen. (Matthew neglected to report that Peterson raising Allen’s profile helped make her kingmaker in the ON Conservative leadership race. She threw her votes to Ford, promising Catholic support. He then rewards that support by reinstituting a sex-ed curriculum for public schools that was written before the internet.)
BBQAnon tweet from Tanya Granic Allen.
Bernard Schiff mourns his depressive and paranoid friend Jordan
Jordan Peterson’s 10-step process for stronger writing
Jordan Peterson on why you need to clean your room
Is Jordan Peterson’s carnivore diet really healthy?
Nathan Robinson on “the intellectual we deserve“
A Field Guide to JP’s Political Arguments
Peterson tells Camille Paglia why one can’t control crazy women