Friday, April 26, 2019

The Strange Jordan Peterson Op-Ed in 'The Wall Street Journal'

 Jordan Peterson
By Robert Wenzel

Earlier this week and op-ed appeared in The Wall Street Journal written by Gregg Hurwitz and Jordan Peterson.

The title of the piece was an accurate summary of the claim made in the essay, Are All Democrats Socialist? Don’t Believe the Hype.

It is an odd piece. While the claim is made that the Democratic Party is not moving in a socialist direction, it does little to show that the Party is moving in a different direction.

The best that Hurwitz and Peterson come up with is this:
As we look to 2020, voters would do well to note the passionate moderate voices ascending, such as Mayor Pete Buttigieg, skillfully laying out the case for “democratic capitalism”...
Buttigieg a moderate?

He supports the Green New Deal that Hurwitz and Peterson decry as "overreaching " in their own essay! He also supports the crony Paris climate accord.

He is in favor of Medicare for all who want it---that is more socialism in healthcare.

He holds the confused view that unions are good for America.

He has some kind of nutty socialist plan for the homeless called  "1,000 homes in 1,000 days."

The non-partisan OnTheIssues puts him way on the Left where he belongs.

If Hurwitz and Peterson think Buttigieg is a moderate, is it any wonder why they can't see the socialists all around them?

And as for his claim that he is for “democratic capitalism," a claim that Hurwitz and Peterson cheer, it is simply a cover for early stage socialism. It is no different than "progressive capitalism" (SEE: BE CAREFUL: The New Way Socialists Are Going to Hide Who They Are)

Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of and Target Liberty. He also writes EPJ Daily Alert and is author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bank and most recently Foundations of Private Property Society Theory: Anarchism for the Civilized Person Follow him on twitter:@wenzeleconomics and on LinkedIn. His youtube series is here: Robert Wenzel Talks Economics. More about Wenzel here.


  1. Well, Peterson's a CANADIAN, after all. I like his philosophy. His politics, not so much.

  2. On the other hand, his bit about Trudeau is wicked good.

  3. Great analysis, Bob.

    Mayor Pete claims "He is in favor of Medicare for all who want it" Medicare consists of 2 aspects: the users and the payers. Does this mean if I'm not going to use it I don't have to pay in? I doubt it. Pete pretends to allow opting out, but he's being disingenuous.

    1. Yeah sure, taxes are voluntary... just dont try to not volunteer to pay them or you'll end up in prison, just like with SS.

  4. Why is it surprising that JP is statist? He's clearly very statist and at least mildly socialist throughout his 'man-up' preachings. He's just more of a traditional statist and does go with all the 9,000 genders nonsense and the rest. He's not very much for individualism either as I recall.

  5. Peterson is a personality, not a philosopher. Had he been an effective voice for a rational philosophy, you would never have heard of him.