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Jordan Peterson’s macho mysticism is exhausting—and not a little scary

Peterson's book is interesting, if not original. Where he loses the plot, though, is on gender relations

By Sameer Rahim   March 2018

Jordan Peterson interviewed on Channel 4 news. Photo: YouTube screengrab

Jordan Peterson is a phenomenon. The Canadian psychologist’s YouTube lectures, which urge their viewers (mostly men) to lead more meaningful lives, are watched by millions.

His combative interview with Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman went viral. And now 12 Rules for Life—a kind of libertarian self-help book—has taken the top spot on Amazon in the US.

Peterson has become notorious for taking apart liberal pieties—from feminism to political correctness. He has little time for minority group identities or…

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