Jordan Peterson Resigns as a Professor — Unsurprisingly

And is making his inevitable move to full-time right-wing reactionary

Mitchell Peterson

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The inflating of the obvious into the awe-inspiring is part of why Peterson can operate so successfully in the “self-help” genre. He can give people the most elementary fatherly life advice (clean your room, stand up straight) while making it sound like Wisdom. — Nathan Robinson

Thankfully, since his meteoric rise to the public consciousness five-odd years ago, Jordan Peterson doesn’t get nearly as much mainstream media attention as he used to. The glowing write-ups and pieces touting him as “The West’s most important intellectual” and all the hype about the Intellectual Dark Web have faded into the collective memory and aged very poorly.

A search of his name — on Google in the EU — after his recent resignation shows only a few conservative outlets like the Federalist or the Washington Examiner covering the topic. His fanbase would — I assume — attribute this to some sort of censorship, wokeness, or silencing, but it is much more simple than that.

The more people have heard him speak, the more obvious it became that he wasn’t profound.

Whether he’s boring Charlie Kirk and Don Jr. to death at a TurningPoint USA conference or walking himself into a socialist argument with a few friendly questions from Joe Rogan — my personal favorite, it doesn’t take long for him to expose himself.

And after a few years of attention on his ramblings, a lot of the general public sees that he’s just the better-educated version of any right-wing reactionary. He tosses around the same tropes as all conservatives in that echo chamber; he just wraps his in seventy-eight layers of pseudo-academic jargon with a sprinkle of self-help.

His resignation letter shows, once again, the shallow ideologue that he’s always been.

Luckily, there aren’t nearly as many people paying attention.

The more people have heard him speak, the more obvious it became that he wasn’t profound.

Let us not forget how he became a name in the public discourse. It pays to be reminded that…

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Mitchell Peterson

Freelance writer who spent nine years outside the US, currently in rural America writing the Substack bestseller 18 Uncles.