It’s coming up to the anniversary of the first mention of Jordan Peterson at Cliscep, just as the UK mainstream media start catching on*. Readers will also be wondering ‘what kept you?’ because it was obvious to climate sceptics a year ago that Dr Peterson was someone to watch. Here was someone not only willing to get bloody in the culture wars, but bloody good at it too—and the climate debate is as much a part of the culture war as gender, race and sexuality.
What’s noticeable, though, is that climate has an inconsistent appeal amongst the new warrior stars in the conflict. Those that have taken to describing themselves as ‘classical liberals’ shy away from it; self-confessed conservatives (as the description must go) are braver and include it in the identity politics merry-go-round. So, Sargon of Akkad (‘classical liberal’) hardly touches climate; Steven Crowder (conservative) – check.
This is why the following video is so encouraging. For the first time, we see Dr Peterson—the foremost ‘classical liberal’ (ignore the silly accusations of alt-right affiliation by wanker journalists)—get a bit bloody with someone who wants to bore everyone about climate change.
But he could get a lot bloodier. Here, then, is an invitation to JP: if ever you feel you’re treading the same identity-politics ground and want new areas to explore, there is, as per this encounter, a vast continent of muddled thinking in the climate debate. For an overview of it all read the sceptic blogosphere who’ve been on this for a good while.
Otherwise, just keep up the good work, eh?
*to be fair, the Spectator did do a profile a few months back