I’m not necessarily a fan of Azerbaijan’s President Aliev but the way he wiped the floor with a supercilious Western reporter will gladden the heart of everybody who detests supercilious Western reporters:
On the playground, Klara climbed a very tall structure and didn’t know how to get down, so she deputized a little boy to ask me to come over and rescue her.
“Excuse me,” said the boy. “Your. . . erm. . . sister over there needs your help.”
This boy has a great future in politics or diplomacy.
So I listened to Jordan Peterson’s hour-long interview on Tucker. It’s a very good interview. I finally figured out what Jordan Peterson is about. I guess what confused me this whole time is that I couldn’t understand why he drives people so completely nuts. Everything he says is eminently reasonable. I hear most of it in church every week. Yet people are reduced to babbling incoherence by Peterson.
Once I listened to the whole interview and accepted that yes, people are, indeed, such incredible snowflakes, the mystery was solved. It’s not what he says that freaks them out. It’s the fact that he speaks, period.
Neoliberalism was originally the project of the right that believed it could be used to erode the post-war welfare protections. Stupidly, the right convinced itself that it would somehow exercise enough control to prevent neoliberalism from eroding everything else. When it became obvious that there was no containing it, the right – and I don’t mean politicians. I’m taking about regular people – lost interest in neoliberalism.
By that time, though, neoliberalism had another ally, the Left. The Left loved neoliberalism’s promise of eroding every certainty and plunging the world into a real permanent revolution where everything always revolves, changes, and mutates in a very literal way. All that had to be done to complete the alliance between the Left and neoliberalism was to ditch the concept of “workers” and adopt the idea that instead of the most progressive class, workers were the most regressive one. Workers were rebranded into “racists, bigots, and like literal Nazis” and the merger between the Left and neoliberalism was complete.
The current situation of the compact between neoliberalism and the Left is that the Left is facilitating the largest transfer of capital from the middle class to the oligarchy and create a semi-feudal system where the former middle classes will serve as guinea pigs for medical, digital, and psychological experimentation benefitting the oligarchy. In return, the oligarchy will tolerate the Left’s favorite slogans about “systemic racism”, “the global South,” and the rest of that inane, neoliberal stuff.
For the first 22 years of my life I was the girl on the left. For the next 22 years, I was the girl on the right. (I’m talking about the video, not politics. Watch the video, it’s hilarious).
I have no idea what the next stage will bring but the moral of the story is, it’s never too late to surprise yourself.