Thanks. I listened to his recent podcast with Russel Brand, too, where they barely touched on the politics.

The idea that the left is telling people what to think it a bit if a right wing trope in my mind. There are right wing versions of “political correctness” too particularly around patriotic symbols but no one calls that an attempt to tell others want to think.

I’ve worked in policy and communication for more than a decade now, so my frustration isn’t that the left isn’t at the table in these discussions — sometimes they have been. It’s that Peterson selectively responds to arguments instead of grappling with core issues brought up in debates and interviews.

I’ll check out your links. Two others you might like: Ezra Klein podcast interviewed Steven Pinker and dug down on the extreme left vs. extreme right and how the latter occupies true positions of power. The Current Affairs criticism of Ben Shapiro is also worth reading. Similar dynamic with someone getting credit as a big intellectual, but when you look at the issues, he’s not responding to the points being raised.

Democracy is pretty cool. We should try it some time. Voting rights, science policy, political communication and grassroots activism.