One of the most glaring issues with Jordan Peterson is that he is completely oblivious with regards to how men get fucked over by contemporary Western society. Heck, he is complicit, calling MGTOWs “pathetic weasels”, and backpedaling after getting some backlash. Peterson’s solution for men is that they should climb “dominance hierarchies” and thus perpetuate a system that sends men into the meat grinder.
Western society shows utmost contempt for men, particularly white men. We get told that it is impossible that there is discrimination against white men because we are the oppressing class. Sure thing! Obviously, no single diversity hire ever took a job for which there were dozens of more qualified men available. There is not just discrimination in the workplace, we also get a lot less support at every stage of life, while there is no shortage of support in whatever form for women. Heck, we even have a two-tiered legal system in which women get a slap on the wrist for murdering their child, while men get locked up on false rape accusations. What’s the solution to that, according to Peterson? That’s easy, just take on more responsibilities, marry some thot, and if you get divorced and lose custody of your children as well as half your assets, don’t complain because this means that you’re pathetic and weak.
The reason men drop out of society, to varying degrees, isn’t so much that they are all shirking responsibilities. They simply increasingly realize that the path society tells them to walk down to ends, for the vast majority, on the chopping block. If anything, I have much more respect for the guy who makes a living but doesn’t strive too much because he realizes that he will get screwed. Instead of chasing after the carrot on the stick at work, he does an okay job, but otherwise does whatever he wants.
Peterson made it to the top in his profession, being a tenured professor. This seems to blind him to the fact that even the very system he is part of is set up to exploit the young and naive. It’s arguably a lot worse in a field like psychology or the social sciences, where there aren’t so many outside employment opportunities than in more technical subjects where you can tell your professor to go fuck himself if he makes unreasonable demands on your time. Society is largely organized in a pyramid structure. Who is going to climb to the top? The best, you say? Nah, first there needs to be an available slot and then you can hope that the corruption of the system does not keep you from advancing. Good luck making it as a non-leftie in academia, or climbing the ranks in an MNC if your boss’s boss has a nephew who’s looking for a job.
In short, pyramidal systems are (almost?) by design built to screw over the lower ranks. If you’re not at the top, you’re in a lower rank. In order to advance you are supposed to pay your dues and work hard. You’re told that your hard work will eventually be rewarded. It may. However, by the time you’ll find that out, you will have missed out on a huge chunk of your best years. If things don’t work out so spectacularly well on the job for you, then why don’t you just settle down and have kids. Jordan Peterson certainly supports that idea. However, before you do that you should realize that the trade-offs are immense. You’ll eventually sacrifice your entire life for others. It’s work and family until you die, bucko! You normally don’t work just for fun, but in exchange for a paycheck. That’s a huge chunk of your time right there. You still have your evenings and weekends, right? Nope, not if you get a wife and kids. That’s perfectly laudable if you adore your wife and want to have kids with her, but having a wife because society tells you to? Marrying because you got shamed into it by society? Give me a break.
The problem with betting on a family is that the deck is stacked against men to an absolutely ludicrous degree. There are very few Western jurisdictions in which I would get married. Laws are one thing. The quality of the women is another. Have you ever heard Jordan Peterson tell women to get their act together? No, me neither. A large chunk of women in the Western world are complete garbage. As a first approximation, look up obesity figures, and that’s all you need to know. Whereas in days past, the average wage slave would at least get a slim wife, today the outcome is quite different. I’m fortunate that I’m tall and have a few things going for myself, so I could tap into the comparatively small pool of desirable women. (Yeah, I’m dating a stunner who is young enough to be my daughter. Thanks for asking.) On the other hand, if I could only get average-looking women and desperately wanted to fuck, I’d much rather close my eyes and plow a dude instead. Just walk around in your city, look at the typical woman there and ask yourself why any sane guy would work to financially support her. It’s a completely bonkers idea.
If you follow the standard blueprint, you will live your entire life for someone else: the government, your employer, your family. That’s probably hard to see if you’re a tenured professor who has great flexibility and can largely do what he wants. I would be very interested to hear what the many once-promising and hard-working psychology postdocs who got chewed out by the system and ended up wasting half their life chasing an elusive dream would have to say to that. To make it even better, let’s say they also got married and divorced from the typical Western woman. In case it’s not obvious: I’m claiming that Jordan Peterson is oblivious to the fact that he’s the embodiment of survivorship bias. Heck, throw in the apex fallacy as well. He worked really hard and got rewarded, so he thinks that if you work really hard, you’ll get rewarded, too. What you should do instead is look at the expected outcome. For the average guy, the expected outcome is a nasty “shit sandwich”, and if he dares to do things he enjoys, instead of giving his all at his job at BigCorp, until the next wave of mass-layoffs comes, and financially supporting a whale of a wife, he gets shamed by society and told that he is reckless and irresponsible, a loser, neckbeard, and basement dweller. The gynocracy would much rather have him make more money so that he can pay more taxes so that there can be more money for welfare payments from Daddy Government.
Jordan Peterson wants you back on the plantation. I, on the other hand, enjoy sitting back and seeing the numbers of Men Going Their Own Way swell. The smart man today unscrupulously plays the system that is designed to subjugate him. It is the logical choice.
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