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Does Jordan Peterson know what he is talking about?

Jordan Peterson is an author and Psychology professor from the University of Toronto, who rose to prominence for his views on social and political issues and is most famously known for his opposition to Canada’s Bill C-16. Canada’s C-16 is a bill that amended the Canadian Human Rights Act and Criminal Code to protect transgender Canadians from discrimination, hate speech and hate crimes. But Peterson has argued that it will legally compel Canadians to use non-traditional gender pronouns and argues against the bill as an infringement of citizens right to free speech. Peterson has since developed a massive following, often discussing identity politics and political correctness, as well as psychology, religion, and philosophy, and he is seen as outspoken for his loosely conservative views. However many have argued that Peterson is misrepresenting C-16 and have questioned his understanding of the bill and his views at large. In September 2020 Troy Parfitt released a book arguing that Peterson had plagiarised the writing of Adolf Hitler, highlighting 3100 examples of copied text and parts of speeches in his book, ‘The Devil and His Due: How Jordan Peterson Plagiarizes Adolf Hitler’. So, does Jordan Peterson know what he is talking about? Is he right about Canada's C-16 Bill? Are his work and views accurate, or are accusations of plagiarism and imprecision justified?
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Critics of Peterson has pointed out his willingness to mischaracterise laws, theories and schools of thought in order to justify his beliefs and near-conspiratorial explanation of the political landscape. First of all he has misrepresented bill C-16 as the bill of legislative changes make no mention of compelling speech, instead extending human rights to protection from discrimination, hate speech and hate crimes to transgender people. This argument in Canada becomes even more fraught with inaccuracies as Canada does not necessarily legally protect the free speech Peterson is so fond of defending, instead enforcing "reasonable" limits on speech to restrict hate speech, obscenity, and defamation. In this regard, Peterson is not making a legal argument that makes sense in this own country.

Likewise Peterson is completely wrong about his other pet peeve, "postmodern neo-Marxism". Peterson often makes reference to this as a distinct ideological problem on the "radical-left" that poses a threat to societies, however again he is inaccurate with his very use of the amalgamated term. Postmodernism is a movement that essentially rejects grand theories that explain society, while Marxism IS a grand theory that attempted to explain society through class conflict. Numerous philosophers, thinkers and journalists have speculated that Peterson confuses post-modernism with post-structuralism, and he has himself admitted he hasn't read communist manifesto, and obviously completely equates Marxism with Stalinism. Nonetheless Peterson's near conspiratorial way of talk about Marxism and flawed understanding of what it actually is, have left many to consider him a complete charlatan.

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Likewise Peterson is completely wrong about his other pet peeve, "postmodern neo-Marxism". Peterson often makes reference to this as a distinct ideological problem on the "radical-left" that poses a threat to societies, however again he is inaccurate with his very use of the amalgamated term. Postmodernism is a movement that essentially rejects grand theories that explain society, while Marxism IS a grand theory that attempted to explain society through class conflict. Numerous philosophers, thinkers and journalists have speculated that Peterson confuses post-modernism with post-structuralism, and he has himself admitted he hasn't read communist manifesto, and obviously completely equates Marxism with Stalinism. Nonetheless Peterson's near conspiratorial way of talk about Marxism and flawed understanding of what it actually is, have left many to consider him a complete charlatan.
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