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November 07, 2018


Richard Powell

Hmm... there were presumably sound commercial reasons for choosing Jordan Peterson to write the intro. But it's a pity Penguin didn't plump for an historian or political scientist who might have put things into the context of their time and place. Or, as a psychologist, Peterson might have offered insights into the roots of utopian thinking, the dangers of "othering" and so on. Instead he's presented the reader with anti-Marxism on autopilot. I don't disagree with most of it, though some his assertions are questionable. When was China not subject to autocratic repression?

Also, Peterson's name has become such a boo-word that people who would benefit from reading the book may dismiss it because of its association with him, such is the way the world now works.

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