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Philosopher or pretender? How Jordan Peterson became a culture warrior on a mission

Last weekend, Jordan Peterson performed to a sell-out audience at Dublin’s 3Arena, warning of how the supposed dangers of wokeness and liberalism risk capsizing modern society entirely. But does his messianic message risk shepherding his followers down the road towards the far-right?

Jordan Peterson: ‘What do you want in a leader in a time of trouble, and in a time of increasing polarisation? It can be, and I’m not saying I’m innocent of this, it can be someone who slaps back.’ Picture: WireImage

A Jordan Peterson lecture feels at times like you’ve been running through a library, ripping pages at random from books to read a paragraph or two, before running to the next aisle to rip another page and read more. Information rushes past you with no particular structure or order, no overarching context, and with nuggets that sometimes mean something, and nuggets that sometimes don’t.

It’s a heady experience at times, given Peterson’s singularly impressive oratorical ...