[Byfield] In this day and age, Jordan Peterson's common-sense crusade is just revolutionary

[Ted Byfield] In this day and age, Jordan Peterson’s common-sense crusade is just revolutionary

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[Ted Byfield Blog] “Traditionalist conservatism.” That’s a term I have invented. It is intended to embrace the “fiscal” conservatives and the “social” conservatives, and to put them both in the same tent because that’s the only way they can get and stay elected.

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They certainly share one thing. Both types are understandably suspicious of all revolutions, and they have good reason. The three pre-eminent revolutions of the last century– the Marxist in Russia, the Maoist in China, and the Hitlerist in Germany — all turned out to be the most bloody and catastrophic events in human history. Their victims total in the hundreds of millions. Even the mention of the word “revolution” provokes a spontaneous response from the traditionalists: “No more, thank you. We’ve had our fill of that.”

But could there not be such a thing as a “conservative revolution?” Many would say, certainly not. After all, the goal of the conservative is, surely, to conserve– meaning to sustain in authority those rules and principles upon which our society is built. But the goal of the revolutionary is to dismantle and displace many of those very rules and principles. So how could there be such a thing as a “conservative revolution?’

However, suppose our society had departed so far from its foundational values and supplanted them with a new and plainly unworkable order. Only some kind of revolution could restore the traditional. Would such a counter movement not have to be political? I raise that question because I suspect that the seeds of this very thing are being planted right now under our noses, and ironically the person chiefly causing this would probably be among the first to deny it is happening and the first to oppose it if it did.

I’m referring to Dr. Jordan Peterson, the University of Toronto professor who gained instant hero status after announcing he intended to defy a U of T order to all faculty members. Under the new human rights law, everything they published must observe the use of non-sexist pronouns. Dr. Peterson saw this for what it is: an attempt to legislate the use of language, something unprecedented in the democracies, he said. He would therefore refused to obey the instruction.

In the consequent clash, those sickened by the insidious and endlessly spreading code of Political Correctness began searching for further information on “this Peterson guy” — a man who seemed to be exhibiting shocking evidence of common sense, something ever more lacking in the hallowed halls of academe. In response, Peterson began taping his lectures and running them on YouTube.

This article continues at [Ted Byfield Blog] Is Jordon Peterson sewing the seeds for the world’s first conservative revolution?

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