Professor Peterson said the typical audience demographics on his global tour were dominated by “conservatives, classical liberals and canceled progressives”, where the latter group has often suffered the clinical response to a “serious illness”.
“All these people feel like voices in the wilderness, but there are plenty of them. In fact, they are the majority of people in all probability,” he said.
His tour, which comes after a long career in academia that revolved around YouTube fame and hugely popular books, including 12 rules for lifehas shifted its focus towards a more overtly political turn.
It’s time for those at the center to stop caring about what they stand for.
— Jordan Peterson
“I started toying with the idea of developing a centralized vision that was at odds with the wide-awake messianism that characterizes modern times,” he said.
“I have organized around that in my discussions and presentations on social media, and also behind the scenes politically, meeting with people in Europe, the UK, the US on how to articulate a vision that goes against the hypocritical globalist utopians.
“We more or less agreed on four principles.”
The first was to combat progressive appeals to younger voters and activists that tickled their innate need to find a mission in life.
“One of the big problems, psychologically speaking, is that the vigilant moralists have the moral upper hand. They offer something like a messianic vision for young people, and it’s actually developmentally appropriate.
“It is the manifestation of young people’s desire to take their place in the social world and contribute in a profoundly positive way.
“The advantage that the Marxists have, let’s say, is that they provide this vision, and they provide a quasi-religious narrative … to explain the world. That narrative is actually quite compelling, as the world is divided into oppressors and the oppressed.”
Professor Peterson said it had allowed the left to forget its original aim of supporting the poor, who pay the most in what he described as the “completely fabricated energy crisis in Europe”, caused by the region’s heavy reliance on unverified renewable energy.
“If they have the choice of ‘save the planet or destroy capitalism,’ they will instantly choose ‘destroy capitalism.’ What they serve is not the poor, it is this vision of the oppressive nature of capitalism, and they are 100 percent willing to sacrifice the poor for their vision of destroying capitalism.”
Raising the price of basic commodities like energy will “abruptly knock a large number of people hanging on the edge of the world with their nails in the hole”.
“And that is exactly what has happened in Europe,” he said.
“This is something for conservatives to beat the drum for. You will serve the poor. It is very straightforward; you make energy as cheaply as you possibly can. Why? Energy is work and work is productivity and productivity lifts people out of poverty and we have been very good at lifting people out of poverty.
“There is no need for conservatives to be confronted with their moral inadequacy.
“And conservatives need to stop apologizing. It’s like, here’s the data … a free market has lifted more people out of absolute poverty in the last 15 years than has happened in all of human history.
“Even if your goal is to save the planet, if you make poor people poor enough, they become so desperate that they just destroy everything, including the planet.”
Defending decentralization of power, Peterson said centrists and their conservative allies should pursue an agenda that “focuses on the necessity, integrity and sovereignty of local organizations, the more local the better”.
“It is the right model for governance, especially in an era where the temptations to centralization are, as I said, becoming overwhelming.”
Dressed in a smart double-breasted bright suit, the trim Professor Peterson delivered his speech to an attentive and supportive audience, some of whom were repeatedly forced to join the vote in the House of Commons by clanging division bells.
Professor Peterson’s lecture included a lengthy discussion of the benefits of Hungary’s support for families, including lifetime tax breaks for having children.
“Hungarians have decided that they are unabashedly in favor of long-term stable monogamous, heterosexual marriages.”
He defended traditional marriage as an “ideal” in the “middle” of society that should be defended, while making “compassionate allowance” for those on the “fringes”, including single mothers and divorcees, gay couples and “non-standard family alternatives”. ”.
“We can’t come down with a heavy hand on the fringes because we all fall short of the ideal,” he said, referring to high divorce rates as inevitable. “But that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice the ideal.”
Another theme, built on some of the ideas that have given him a large following among young adult men, is that conservatives and centrists need to tell troubled young people the benefits of being useful to others.
Finding meaning against the “nihilism that tragedy generates must literally be found in responsibility”.
As Conservatives, he said, “you can tell young people that and say ‘welcome to the game – grow up, bear some responsibility and that will hold you when the floods come’.”
Professor Peterson told the audience that his travels had led to many conversations with “people very much like you” that had led him to a “vision that could be pushed forward as an antithesis to this idiotic utopianism that is tearing our culture and the world apart “.