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We Hear You: Jordan Peterson on What Motivates the Left

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We Hear You: Jordan Peterson on What Motivates the Left

On 05.12.19 02:01 AM posted by Ken McIntyre

Editor’s note: The Daily Signal’s audience appears to like the straight talk from best-selling author Jordan Peterson about the West’s crisis of spirit and meaning. Check out these observations. Don’t forget to write us at letters@dailysignal.com.—Ken McIntyre

Dear Daily Signal: About Jarrett Stepman’s story on Canadian psychologist and author Jordan Peterson’s speech at a Heritage Foundation event in New York (“Jordan Peterson Unpacks What Drives the Left and How to Restore Meaning”):

As long as people have complaints there are going to bepoliticians who will promise relief, if only you will vote for them. Thishappens both on the left and the right.

Isuppose it all depends on your point of view as to what people should do forthemselves, if they are able, and what the government (others) should do forthem, whether or not they are able.

Individuals have varying concepts of social responsibility. Some believe it is taking care of themselves only; others see social responsibility as taking care of themselves and their family only.

And others see it as providing social insurance programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, rent subsidies, welfare payments, unemployment compensation, etc., which they or family members may need one day.

Regardlessof the degree to which people feel a social responsibility, they also recognizeit is their responsibility to fund these programs through taxes.

Thenthere are individuals who have an even broader sense of social responsibilitythat seemingly has no limits. Some in this category have no problem with highertaxes to support the costs.

Amongthem are some who pay no income taxes and want their feelings of socialresponsibility to be paid for by someone else. Those who don’t pay for thesocial welfare benefits they demand for themselves and others have no sense ofresponsibility, social or otherwise.—Drew Page


Practicalmeaning and wisdom can be passed consistently on from generation to generationonly through the historical original family unit.

Of what does that unit consist? A husband, a wife, and whatever biological children are born to this faithful couple. This husband and wife then proceed to own the personal education of each child from Day One.

Primary textbook? The Holy Bible itself. What? An outdated, ancient, archaic text? Not at all.

TheBible gives many examples concerning the consistent application of God’s lawsand teachings throughout changing times and cultures, identifying whichspecifics can be subject to change as well as those details which must remainthe same.

Ibegan to appreciate these things about the Bible at around age 3 or 4 as myreading comprehension was increasing to each new level. It was the Bible, morethan anything else, that helped my personal comprehension to grow as Ipersonally applied every lesson in it the best I could as I went along.

Myaim from the beginning was not to become a scholar, but a doer. And I waslearning to apply this same principle to all of my subsequent education, athome and at school.

Ienjoyed all the advantages of my three curricula: school, parents, and self.The practical balance among these was best maintained by passing on what I waslearning to my classmates and to others as well.—Joseph O. Morrow


Today, kids are taught by teachers and professors who wereindoctrinated by their own teachers and professors, the draft dodgers andsocialist hippies of the 1960s.

They are lefties teaching and glossing over leftists’ failedideology. That is why the left wants to control education.—Peter Raymond


When I immigrated to this country as a woman of Japanesedescent, the state where I settled with my husband was a great red state.However, the more people from blue states moved in, the worse it got.

Now it is a blue state. I can feel and hear the sound ofliberalism. It is a scary feeling.—Yasuko Kearney


You conservatives don’t have to worry about socialists takingover the U.S., despite what Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh tell you.

Except for 77-year-old Bernie Sanders, there are only about foursocialists in Congress, and they are all young. What harm can they do? The other 530 members of Congress won’tlet socialism happen, so stop worrying about it.

Even then, their view of socialism is different than yours.Every American born after 1985 has no understanding of the evils of communismand school drills calling for us to duck under our desks.

The two generations born after 1985 have never lived undercommunist threat, yet they are the two most anxious generations of ourlifetime. They live in fear that Social Security and Medicare will be gone bythe time they retire, and they’ll have to spend their retirement working atWalmart. What’s happened to college tuition has been insane over the past 35years.

Students are facing costs of $50,000 to $90,0000 for just oneyear of college. Their idea of socialism is simply the current economy withmore free stuff, to abate the anxiety. Like free retirement, free health care,free tuition, and free child care.

That’s all they want. That’s their idea of socialism. So manygenerations got free retirement and free retirement health care that these twoanxious generations also want it.

Now that’s a better explanation than Peterson made. They are notgreedy, and they are not nihilistic. They simply want to be free of anxietyabout the future.—Andre Stephenson
@jordanbpeterson explains what draws people to socialism https://t.co/lNgmrOj1Tb via @genevievewood @DailySignal

— Super Political Primate (@JamYouMonkey) April 8, 2019
Dear Daily Signal: I’m writing about Genevieve Wood’s interview of Jordan Peterson, author of “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, at a Heritage Foundation event (“Jordan Peterson Explains What Draws People to Socialism”). The desire for the government to control your life is similar to how your parents controlled your life as a child.

Socialistshave a distinct fear of failure, so they place their well-being in the hands ofthe government:

“Pleasetake care of me. I need free health care, I need a free education. I need aplace to live and food to eat. Please, Mr. Government, take care of me. I needa new car and a guaranteed income.”

Mr.Government: “I will take care of you. I’ll give you what I decide you need. Youwill all be happier when I take care of you.”

“I want it free, free for me. Let the rich pay for everything.Here, take this Bill of Rights. Give me all I want for free.”—Walter Knight


We are trying to counter the socialist argument by comparingsocialism with capitalism, and, of course, socialism always loses in thatcomparison.

But the objective of socialism is not to outdo capitalism interms of economic performance and the betterment of individual lives, but tosteal the wealth of society and subjugate and control the masses. It never hasbeen about anything else.—Morris Steen


I reallyenjoyed Genevieve Wood’s discussion with Jordan Peterson on socialism and theradical left’s obsession with big government and big taxes.

Education isthe key to restoring our republic. By teaching our founding documents andthe golden rule, respect will lead to socialism fading away.

I willcontinue to fight for freedom and liberty and work to get the CivicsAct of 2019 passed and signed into law to teach civics in K-12.

Will you joinme? Capitalism and free markets trump socialism. Let freedom ring.—Bill King, Pittsburgh


An extraordinary interview of an extraordinary man.—James Rodgers


Gotta love how Jordan Peterson describes why we need socialismin response to the dogmatic question of why we shouldn’t have socialism.—ChristopherRobert


People have turned their backs on the message of the Bible. Theyneed the power of God to live and guide their lives, but, thinking they can doit all themselves, they find out quickly it doesn’t work.

So now they turn to the government to make it right for them, but only to find out people can’t fix other people’s sin nature.—Richard Donahue

How Are We Doing?

Dear Daily Signal: Right on. Your work in defense of our county’s future is exemplary. The Daily Signal is a constant reminder of all that is relevant in our pursuit of a better America.

I am a contributor to The Heritage Foundation and I look forwarddaily to receiving these articles. Keepup the good work. Now more than ever, we need support from patriots such asyour admirable organization.—Lawrence Easterling


Conservatives need to get through to leftists. Sadly, we are preaching to the choir.

The Daily Signal needs to bombard the left with a message thatthey can understand and hear. We need to find a way to get liberals to listen.

We must get our message on liberal TV, newspapers, and so on. Insteadof calling in to conservative stations, we need an all-out campaign to liberalmedia.—Susan Rose


Compliments to you are in order for the improvements in the rangeof topics and the shift to harder-hitting direct language. Worth reading now.—LorettaJohns


Factual reporting. Keep up the good work.—Robert Porter

I received many political emails daily but yours is the mostconcise and informative of them all.—Stan Stanley

Y’all are the best. Keep it up.—WilliamSummerlin


You are the best. Keep up the good work.—Arnie McFalls

It is refreshing to see objectivity at the expense of political correctness for a change. Truth, what a weird concept in today’s media marketplace.—W. Bostic

I appreciate your service and that it is concise.—CharlesDavis


Good job. Just keep reporting andexposing any bill, federal or state, that is contrary to our Constitution andbasic human decency. These are high priority items.—Chuck Collins

Keep up the good fight, the real news.—George Porter

Sarah Sleem and Courtney Joyner helped to compile this edition of “We Hear You.”

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