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Jordan Peterson’s Tired Old Myths | The New Republic
As it happens, there was another Canadian scholar who taught, as Peterson does, at the University of Toronto, who made it his life work to argue against this assumption. Like Peterson, Northrop Frye, who flourished as a scholar from the 1940s until his death in 1991, wrote cultural analysis that was shaped by the works of Jung, Eliade and Campbell. (Someday we’ll have a cultural history explaining why Jung is so popular in Canada. The Swiss psychologist’s fingerprints can also be seen in the works of novelists like Robertson Davies and Margaret Atwood as well as the cartoonist Dave Sim.) But Frye was critical of the “latent conservatism” of these mythologists.

As Glen Robert Gill showed in Northrop Frye and the Phenomenology of Myth, Frye’s major innovation as a literary scholar was to take mythology away from the etherial realm of Jung’s “collective unconscious” (a speculative netherworld that defies empirical verification) and return it to history. In his studies of the Bible and literature, Frye showed that mythical archetypes were powerful and recurring, yes, but also subject to revision.
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Jordan Peterson’s ‘Maps of Meaning’ — no, it’s not legit
My theory is that Peterson just wants to teach his folk wisdom. He’s the kind of man who likes giving advice. He got his folk wisdom from the same source we all get it — from life-experience. It’s no mystery why his allegedly scholarly books contain such long digressions into extended autobiography. But why should we listen to him? There are plenty of ‘experienced’ guys going around telling us how to live. To get the edge on them, Peterson needs to create the illusion that he’s distilled his wisdom ‘from the ages’, through a deep encounter with the great mythologies and traditions of the past.

But what he finds in the great traditions is what he’s put there. His hermeneutics, like everything else I’ve noticed about him, is a manifestation of narcissism.

To his fans I say this: If his folk wisdom appeals to you, go ahead and follow it. But stop telling me he’s some amazing scholar. Poor old Joe, in Great Expectations, ‘reads’ books by finding all the J’s and O’s in them. Similarly, Peterson scans the great literature of history until he finds his own thoughts. Anyone can do that.

Scholarship is something else entirely. It begins with a willingness to be challenged, to be puzzled, to be confused by a text — to admit that perhaps it knows something that you don’t, that perhaps it conveys something you can’t yet comprehend, that perhaps it shows you something that you didn’t want to be true. It involves learning languages you don’t speak, confronting concepts you haven’t grasped, being patient with your conclusions while the evidence eludes you. Peterson simply has too much pride for this. He can teach men to be self-reliant and macho. He cannot teach them to be scholars, or even to recognise what genuine scholarship is. Hence, I think, the responses to my last posts.
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BILL MAHER NAILED IT TONIGHT
✔️Softball interview left viewers with warm fuzzies for the NRA
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Dismantling the “West” | Current Affairs
The harm in buying into the right’s framing of a venerable and antiquated “Western tradition” goes somewhat beyond being mocked by classicists in academic footnotes. Accepting their terms means accepting, implicitly, that there is a tradition of thought with enough internal coherence that one can decide what falls within it and what doesn’t. This is the premise of those conservatives like former education secretary William Bennett, whose report on higher education declares that “our society is the product and we the inheritors of Western civilization,” and immediately goes on to identify “Western civilization” with “masterworks of English, American, and European literature.” This is a transposition of the Paris Statement into a more intellectual and less geopolitical register, but it sounds all the same notes: a patrimony that belongs to “us” by inheritance; the necessity of maintaining its integrity; the danger that opening it too widely will destroy it; the implicit threat from influences inside it but somehow also foreign. (It’s curious that the right, which so loathes “identity politics,” embraces the most extreme and dangerous forms of identity politics: the civilizational and the national.)
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Untitled (https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/military-budget-2019-w521788)
While immigrant controversy seizes headlines, Congress quietly approves yet another massive military budget hike:
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(7) Hillary: Undocumented Children "Should Be SENT BACK!". w/Abby Martin - YouTube
6:30 Abby Martin mentions NDAA 2012 and how we warned about abuse afforded the death of posse comitatus.
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Texts of six seminars or lectures given by Bernard Stiegler in 2018 (two of them just uploaded now):
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Noam Chomsky on Fascism, Showmanship and Democrats' Hypocrisy in the Trump Era
People who have endured the rigors of the neoliberal assault — austerity in the recent European version — recognize that the institutions are working for others, not for them.
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