Éric Duhaime guest of Jordan Peterson's podcast: who is this controversial “intellectual”?

Éric Duhaime guest on Jordan Peterson's podcast: who is this “intellectual” controversial?


Jordan Peterson is (very) popular. His podcast, the Jordan B. Peterson Podcast, is in the top 100 of Apple Podcasts, and he is one of the figures of the new Anglo-Saxon right. It is therefore clear that the recording of an interview with Éric Duhaime, leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ), this Sunday, September 4, is likely to play a strong role in our election campaign.

< p>Some catalog him as a vulgar reactionary and like to make fun of him by including him in all kinds of memes in order to ridicule his thinking. 

Others present him as the master thinker of range of conservative ranks, ranging from the masculinist community to new mainstream conservatives. em>12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, is risky. And now, he is inserting himself into Quebec politics and the current campaign by inviting Éric Duhaime, leader of the PCQ, to his podcast. 

Who is Jordan Peterson? We will try to answer this question in four points.

A targeted teacher who targets wokes

His reputation is sulphurous. It justifies the inequalities between men and women in the name of the laws of evolution. He argues that wanting to eliminate certain forms of discrimination can be dangerous authoritarianism – because these would be inherent in the natural functioning of society – and that claiming to want to eradicate them would be dangerous.

He opposes the Canadian government's C-16 gender identity law, saying he refuses to obey it in a YouTube video. This law allows everyone to be referred to by the first name of their choice (he, him, her, etc.).

His attitude in audience, such as in debates, has been seen as misogynistic, masculinist and aimed at ridiculing the opponent, even more so if that opponent is a woman.

This attitude means that the latter does not hesitate to target his adversaries in his chronicles and his speeches. Our columnist Joseph Facal had been able to headline on his viral resignation letter from the University of Toronto because of its extreme “wokéisation” which would endanger freedoms, including freedom of expression.

An intellectual accused of “transphobia”

Recently, Jordan Peterson was accused of transphobia following a war of words regarding Elliot Page, formerly known as Ellen Page, before he came out trans and non-binary in 2020. His remarks led to his banishment from Twitter in July 2022.

In a June 22 tweet, Mr. Peterson blamed the doctor who allowed Mr. Page to carry out his transition from being a criminal. He also linked, in this tweet, pride (pride) to a sin.

Following a warning from Twitter asking him to remove the tweet – in accordance with its policy against hate speech – Mr Peterson refused to remove it and he was banned from the social network on July 1, after which he spoke on the subject in a video that has gone viral.

His words, for many activists and members of the community, echoed the various and old accusations of transphobia that have peppered the career of the academician.

In an episode of Joe Rogan's podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, Jordan Peterson believes, for example, that being trans is comparable to abuse from a satanic ritual and an illness.

A thinker loved by masculinists

Because of this kind of talk being part of his so-called war on the “transgender agenda”, Jordan Peterson has become a favorite figure of masculinists (incels, in English). p>

This role model for the latter was built thanks to his book 12 Rules for Life,which seeks to offer men looking for a life guide a set of simple rules. We find “Stand up straight” (rule n° 1), “Tidy up your house before criticizing the world” (n° 6), “Do not lie” (n° 8) or even “Take responsibility to become a man

Nevertheless, it is his critique of progressive ideology that tends to make its mark on this audience. 

As the Usbek and Rica site recalls, Peterson explains that by trying to pacify himself through speeches on benevolence, progressive ideology and political correctness – that is to say, speeches feminizing the man, according to him –, one becomes “more and more interested in a fascist ideology”. For Peterson, women must therefore be put back in their natural, biological place, otherwise we will end up in chaos. 

Affiliation to masculinism pursues him even more, in the light of an interview between Olivia Wilde, actress and director, and Maggie Gyllenhaal, actress, about the upcoming premiere film, Don't Worry Darling. In Interview Magazine, Olivia Wilde explains that the film's main character, played by Chris Pine, is inspired by this “crazy, pseudo-intellectual man from the incel community” (“insane man, pseudo-intellectual of the incel community”, in English in the text), Jordan Peterson. 

Peterson reacts, in the National Post, writing that he hopes Chris Pine will at least do justice to the “sartorial splendor of my wardrobe,” as he pillories it in this bit of Hollywood woke propaganda.

A controversial Canadian academic when it comes time to talk about Quebec politics and the French language

In recent months, in addition to welcoming Éric Duhaime to his podcast, Jordan Peterson is no stranger to Quebec politics .

In a tweet dated January 7, 2022, Peterson called Quebec's Minister of Health and candidate for re-election in the riding of La Prairie a “sewage rat” ( “scum rat”).

This insulting tweet was made in response to the Public Health press conference where the possibility of making compulsory third dose of vaccine against COVID-19 as part of the vaccine passport.

In an episode of Steven Crowder's show, a commentator considered to be on the far right of the spectrum of American politics, Jordan Peterson also had good words for Quebec and the French language. 

This one explained that speaking French was unforgivable these days. For him, Quebec should join the modern world, thus implicitly calling to abandon French and adopt English.

Éric Duhaime, leader of the PCQ, participated in a recording of the podcast of Jordan Peterson on Sunday, September 4, 2022. The future release of this interview is likely to be a highlight of the Conservative campaign and the general election campaign.