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May Dr. Peterson enjoy as much success in his pursuits in retirement as he has had in the last few years.
Dr. Jordan Peterson recently announced that he has officially left his position as a tenured professor and he gave a very detailed reason why.
In a lengthy article in Canada’s right-leaning national newspaper, The National Post, Dr. Peterson enumerated his reasons, but it can mostly be summed up as “D-I-E must DIE” — the title he gave to a video of him reading the article. The acronym D-I-E that Peterson is referring to is his reorganizing of the “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” mantra that is pushed everywhere from schools to board rooms to Hollywood.
Peterson begins the article by saying that he had never imagined leaving a job that he loved so much, but felt that he no longer had a choice.
I recently resigned from my position as full tenured professor at the University of Toronto. I am now professor emeritus, and before I turned sixty. Emeritus is generally a designation reserved for superannuated faculty, albeit those who had served their term with some distinction. I had envisioned teaching and researching at the U of T, full time, until they had to haul my skeleton out of my office. I loved my job. And my students, undergraduates and graduates alike, were positively predisposed toward me. But that career path was not meant to be. There were many reasons, including the fact that I can now teach many more people and with less interference online.
He begins citing his reasons — first, that the D-I-E mandates that are ubiquitous in academia mean that his top “heterosexual white male graduate students” won’t be given a fair shot despite stellar qualifications. He also says that even the non-white, non-male, non-heterosexual students would also be rejected because of their association with him.
“My students are also partly unacceptable precisely because they are my students. I am academic persona non grata, because of my unacceptable philosophical positions,” writes Peterson.
He says that teaching students knowing that they are going to be categorized as he is made his job “morally untenable.”
“How can I accept prospective researchers and train them in good conscience knowing their employment prospects to be minimal?” he asks.
Second, he notes that academia is headed for a rapid collapse because there just aren’t enough qualified minorities in each field to meet the diversity quotas. Peterson also states that there is a disturbing level of dishonesty in academia today that he says is “further corrupting” institutions — instead of pushing back on what they know to be insanity, many academics craft D-I-E statements for research grants and teach their students to do the same.
He then blasts the push for the “implicit bias” tests and training sessions that, according to two of the three creators of the test, it’s not valid or reliable enough to do what it purports to do.
He also said that the Canadian government’s newly-passed law banning so-called “conversion therapy” may signal the end for clinical psychology because it makes it “exceedingly risky for clinicians to do anything ever but agree always and about everything with their clients.” So, what’s the point in training new clinical psychologists if they are no longer permitted by law to help people through therapy but simply nod and agree with their clients?
He then says that D-I-E has moved from academia to culture (Hollywood), and from the media to the boardroom. The destructive D-I-E ideology is inescapable.
We are now at the point where race, ethnicity, “gender,” or sexual preference is first, accepted as the fundamental characteristic defining each person (just as the radical leftists were hoping) and second, is now treated as the most important qualification for study, research and employment.
Need I point out that this is insane? Even the benighted New York Times has its doubts. A headline from August 11, 2021: Are Workplace Diversity Programs Doing More Harm than Good? In a word, yes. How can accusing your employees of racism etc. sufficient to require re-training (particularly in relationship to those who are working in good faith to overcome whatever bias they might still, in these modern, liberal times, manifest) be anything other than insulting, annoying, invasive, high-handed, moralizing, inappropriate, ill-considered, counterproductive, and otherwise unjustifiable?
He ends citing a speech by Russian President Vladimir Putin who notes that this sort of divisiveness isn’t new — it’s a repackaging of what the Soviets did a hundred years ago, which he hopes Russians have left in the past.
Finally, do you know that Vladimir Putin himself is capitalizing on this woke madness? Anna Mahjar-Barducci at MEMRI.org covered his recent speech. I quote from the article’s translation: “The advocates of so-called ‘social progress’ believe they are introducing humanity to some kind of a new and better consciousness. Godspeed, hoist the flags, as we say, go right ahead. The only thing that I want to say now is that their prescriptions are not new at all. It may come as a surprise to some people, but Russia has been there already. After the 1917 revolution, the Bolsheviks, relying on the dogmas of Marx and Engels, also said that they would change existing ways and customs, and not just political and economic ones, but the very notion of human morality and the foundations of a healthy society. The destruction of age-old values, religion, and relations between people, up to and including the total rejection of family (we had that, too), encouragement to inform on loved ones — all this was proclaimed progress and, by the way, was widely supported around the world back then and was quite fashionable, same as today. By the way, the Bolsheviks were absolutely intolerant of opinions other than theirs.
“This, I believe, should call to mind some of what we are witnessing now. Looking at what is happening in a number of Western countries, we are amazed to see the domestic practices — which we, fortunately, have left, I hope — in the distant past. The fight for equality and against discrimination has turned into aggressive dogmatism bordering on absurdity, when the works of the great authors of the past — such as Shakespeare — are no longer taught at schools or universities, because their ideas are believed to be backward. The classics are declared backward and ignorant of the importance of gender or race. In Hollywood, memos are distributed about proper storytelling and how many characters of what color or gender should be in a movie. This is even worse than the agitprop department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.”
This, from the head of the former totalitarian enterprise, against whom we fought a five decades’ long Cold War, risking the entire planet (in a very real manner). This, from the head of a country riven in a literally genocidal manner by ideas that Putin himself attributes to the progressives in the West, to the generally accepting audience of his once-burned (once (!)) twice-shy listeners.
Peterson concludes by lambasting those complicit in this disgusting self-flaggelation that is destroying Western culture — especially since many people don’t even believe it but go along to get along.
And all of you going along with the DIE activists, whatever your reasons: this is on you. Professors. Cowering cravenly in pretence and silence. Teaching your students to dissimulate and lie. To get along. As the walls crumble. For shame. CEOs: signalling a virtue you don’t possess and shouldn’t want to please a minority who literally live their lives by displeasure. You’re evil capitalists, after all, and should be proud of it. At the moment, I can’t tell if you’re more reprehensibly timid even than the professors. Why the hell don’t you banish the human resource DIE upstarts back to the more-appropriately-named Personnel departments, stop them from interfering with the psyches of you and your employees, and be done with it? Musicians, artists, writers: stop bending your sacred and meritorious art to the demands of the propagandists before you fatally betray the spirit of your own intuition. Stop censoring your thought. Stop saying you will hire for your orchestral and theatrical productions for any reason other than talent and excellence. That’s all you have. That’s all any of us have.
He who sows the wind will reap the whirlwind. And the wind is rising.
Source: National Post
Here is Peterson reading out his article:
So, what is he planning on doing now that he’s no longer teaching?
He gave a hint at the end there, when he said, “the wind is rising.”
When asked on Twitter what he plans to do in retirement, Dr. Peterson wrote, “Taking out the universities.”
Taking out the universities. https://t.co/iXteYv9Ej2
— Dr Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) January 24, 2022
Academia as it currently stands is not just broken — it’s irreparable.
What exactly does this mean? Continuing to expose the house of cards that academia is? Teaching via podcast and video as he has been doing for years now?
Or will it be offering an “alt-academy” as other academics such as Glenn Loury has proposed? Will it be backing a new university that rejects “illiberalism” the way that journalist Bari Weiss has?
Whatever it is, good luck, and Godspeed, Dr. Peterson!
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