Contemporary leftists have “performed a philosophical sleight of hand that transformed the class war into identity politics of war,” said Jordan Peterson during a lecture at Harvard University on April 10.
Marxism is a sociological paradigm in which human history is cast as a function of class struggle and warfare. All other forces shaping human events — environmental, geographical, religious, technological, political, cultural, et. al — are cast as derivatives of class struggle and warfare.
As communism fell out of fashion during the 1950’s and 1960’s, following wider exposure of life in the Soviet Union via publications such as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago, leftists adjusted their core axiom of class struggle and warfare to other frameworks of perceived group power struggles: race, sex, religion, ethnicity, and other dichotomies.
Peterson recalled that left-wing agitators seeking to shut down a speaking engagement of his at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, shouted slogans while carrying a “banner that had a hammer and sickle on it.”
Communism and its ideological progeny, said Peterson, were accepted and promoted across university campuses while Nazism was condemned:
“The reprehensible ideologies that are based in fundamental Marxism killed at least a hundred million people in the twentieth century, and there are still apologists. One in five scientists identifies as a Marxist.
What happened in the 1960s, as far as I can tell, and this happened most in France — which have probably produced the most reprehensible coterie of public intellectuals that any country has ever managed, is that in the late 1960s when all the student activists had decided that the real Marxist revolution wasn’t going to occur in the Western world, and had finally realized that apologizing for the Soviet system was just not gonna fly anymore given the tens of millions of bodies that had stacked up, that they performed what I would call a philosophical sleight of hand and transformed a class war into identity politics of war. And that became extraordinarily popular.”
Neo-Marxism and post-modernism, said Peterson, appeal largely to “resentful people,” given the ideologies’ appeal to covetousness and jealousy.
Peterson called for the end of state funding for neo-Marxist faculties, programs and courses such as “women’s studies” that operate under the guise of legitimate academic inquiry. He also spoke of neo-Marxism’s ubiquity across universities and colleges:
“It’s everywhere, it’s not just in campus protests. The campuses are overrun in large part with disciplines that have, in my estimation, no valid reason to exist. I think disciplines like ‘women’s studies’ should be defunded. Any of the activist disciplines whose primary role is the overthrow of ‘the patriarchy,’ which is about as ill-defined a concept as you could possibly formulate … we’ve done enough public funding of that sort of thing.
We’re providing full-time destructive employment for people who are doing nothing but causing trouble. … what they promote has zero intellectual credibility. Their research methods don’t qualify as research methods. Their publications — eighty percent of publications now garner zero citations.”
The humanities have been largely “corrupted,” said Peterson, with fraudulent peer-review processes for the publication of ostensibly academic journals. Ideological myopia via neo-Marxism, he added, is standard fare across many professors and academics in the humanities.
Dissident speakers seeking to avoid disruption from leftists at university and college campuses, said Peterson, should schedule morning events:
“One of the things I did when I was talking to the university administration was to suggest how they might deal with the possibility of protesters. So I said, “Well that’s easy. I know how you can have absolutely zero protesters. Have it in the morning, they won’t get out of bed before ten.” So we had it at nine o’clock in the morning and there was one MPP [member of provincial parliament] who showed up to hand out some pamphlets, and not a single protester. If you want a controversial speaker on campus, just have it at seven in the morning. You won’t get a protestor within fifty yards of it, because they’ll still be sleeping off last night’s alcohol-induced hangover.”
Peterson is a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto.
Watch the entire lecture here.
Roving bands of pit bulls have terrified residents on Chatham’s southwest side, having attacked a family pet and taking the blame for another pet’s death, while also stymieing investigators looking for an owner.
The most recent complaint involves a dog killed at his home along Mitchell Road on Monday, scaring his owner into moving.
This marks the third area incident by the pit bull breed on residents and their pets since December, local residents said, each case thought to involve a pair of pit bulls that entered a property without the owners’ knowledge or permission.
County animal control officers have questioned neighbors in attempts to track the attacking dogs to their owners, confirmed Pittsylvania County Administrator David Smitherman, who directly oversees the policing agency.
No charges have been served in the Campsey and Mitchell cases. Smitherman confirmed that there was a suspect in the Brinkley’s case, and the case has been turned over to the sheriff’s office.
“We’ve been talking to neighbors in the area and getting conflicting reports on the dogs’ description,” Smitherman said. “What we believe is we’re talking about three different pairs of dogs.”
As many as 12 pit bulls live in the area, residents said, making it difficult for animal control officers to pinpoint the culprits.
Penny Campsey, was the first known target of a roving pair of snarling dogs. She had just pulled up onto her carport on Dec. 18 and stepped onto the pavement when she saw them — two pit bulls. She leapt back into her car and waited for them to leave.
Since then, Campsey has awaited word of the investigation’s progress.
“I’ve called the sheriff’s office who told me to call animal control, and back and forth,” she said.
A county deputy patrolled the road Saturday night following a sighting of two dogs, Pittsylvania County Sheriff Mike Taylor said. Deputies, who remained in the area for an hour, did not spot any roving dogs.
The second incident came months later, involving a 12-year-old Labrador retriever-beagle mix named Renegade. It was June 24 when Laura Brinkley, 46, followed the sound of the family dog whimpering outside her Marion Road home when she saw a pair of pit bulls under the family SUV chewing on the family pet.
Husband Keith Brinkley, 47, fixing a lawn mower at the time, ran inside for a pistol and fired a single warning shot into the air. The pit bulls ran.
Renegade is now recovering from emergency surgery.
A short-staffed animal control unit responded to Laura Brinkley’s phoned-in complaint two days later, Smitherman confirmed. Because the agency had only one active-duty officer at the time, and the incident happened on a Saturday, the call was answered on the following Monday.
“We are working with the Brinkley’s to ID the dogs,” Smitherman said.
Animal Control Officer Justin Jones showed the family a photo lineup of area pit bulls Wednesday evening. Keith Brinkley said he recognized two of the dogs in the lineup.
The third incident, which happened away from the eyes of any known witnesses, left dead a 118-pound yellow Labrador retriever named Max. He was 10 years old.
Co-owner Kelly Mitchell found the beloved pet dead in her yard Monday afternoon. Bite marks riddled his body.
The discovery came after hours of searching through acres of farmland for the dog, which had not been seen since the previous night.
What she had seen hours before the gruesome discovery, though, was a pair of pit bulls roaming the property around 2 a.m.
Because there were no witnesses, county animal control can’t make the connection between Max’s death and a roaming pair of attack dogs. Even if the dogs’ owners are found, charges likely will not be filed, Lori Giles was told.
Mitchell is now in the process of moving out, because she is too terrified to go into her own yard without her gun.
“I’ve lived here for 12 years and never had any problems with my dogs, ever,” she said. “I just can’t get it out of my mind.”
CHATHAM, Va. – A pitbull owner now faces multiple charges after authorities say two pit bulls attacked another dog.
Pittsylvania County administrator says a dog was found under a vehicle while being attacked by two pit bulls on Saturday, June 24 at a home in the 500 block of Mitchell Road.
Animal control investigated the incident and identified the two attacking pit bulls.
The owner of those dog faces two counts of dangerous dogs, two counts of failure to vaccinate and two counts of failure to have dogs licensed.
Residents fight off a pit bull with a child’s SCOOTER after it knocked over a toddler and viciously attacked a woman on a Sydney street – before turning on another dog
- Residents of a Sydney street used a scooter and a pole to separate two dogs
- One of the animals had just knocked over a two-year-old and bit one woman
- The woman suffered a bite wound to her ankle and was treated by paramedics
- The dog then ran on the road and started to attack another animal
A survey of men who say they have been forced to have sex by a woman claims blackmail and threats were the most common methods used.
A research project of 154 men who said they were “compelled to penetrate” a woman found more than a fifth of them were forced into it by threats and blackmail.
Telling lies, threats to end a relationship, warnings of rumour-spreading and verbal abuse were cited by 22 per cent of men in the survey.
The research project, led by Dr Siobhan Weare, from Lancaster University Law School, and supported by charity Survivors Manchester, also found the use of force, such as pinning down with bodyweight or having a weapon, was reported by 14 per cent of men who completed the survey.
The project aimed to explore one of the “last taboos” – sexual violence by women against men.
Dr Weare said: “Whilst the sample size of 154 may be smaller than typically expected, this must be considered in the context of an issue that is under-reported and under-discussed, and that this is the first and only survey of its kind to be conducted in the UK.
”The ‘hidden’ nature of this crime and the ‘complex’ gender dynamics involved means that huge numbers of survey participants were highly unlikely – not because this isn’t happening to men, but because many are made to feel too ashamed or feel too distressed to report it.“
Dr Weare said it was difficult to know the prevalence of forced-to-penetrate cases in the UK, but research in the US in 2010 found that approximately one in 21 men reported being ”made to penetrate“ someone else during their lifetime, with 79 per cent of cases involving a female perpetrator.
She added: ”The term ‘forced to penetrate’ has been coined for these cases because, while they involve non-consensual penile penetration, they do not fall under the offence of rape.
“The offence of rape can only be committed by men due to the requirement of penile penetration of the victim. In ‘forced to penetrate’ cases, the offender is the one being penetrated by a non-consenting victim.”
All 154 of the UK male survey participants had experienced compelled penetration.
The men shared their most recent experience of being forced to penetrate a woman, as well as their engagement with the criminal justice system, how they would label what had happened to them, whether they had experienced multiple victimisation, and emotional and psychological harms.
The majority of the participants who completed the survey reported that they knew the woman, often as an acquaintance or a friend, and just over half were in, or had been in, a relationship with the perpetrator.
Only two men said that they had reported their experience to the police and in both instances the case did not make it to court.
“Rape” was the most frequent label used by the participants in describing their ordeal, despite the law not recognising such cases in this way.
“Sex” was used least frequently.
The vast majority, 80 per cent of them, did not disclose their experience to family or friends and 74 per cent had not sought support, suggesting that men are left feeling isolated and alone in dealing with their experiences.
Duncan Craig, the founder and chief executive of Survivors Manchester, a charity supporting men who have experienced sexual violation, said: “This really is a groundbreaking piece of work by Dr Weare.
”We have got to break the silence on this and let men know that we are here to listen and support them when needed.“
The research project was funded by a Lancaster University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Knowledge Exchange Grant.