This is a fantastic piece! I’ve read Peterson. Just because he was held up as some sort of intellectually gifted savant. He’s not. He is, as you have exposed here, an ideologue, playing to his base. To be frank, it’s disappointing to me that he has amassed such a following. There’s little to no rigor in his arguments. Unfortunately, he’s captured an audience that really has no alternative to focus on.
There are, as you have pointed out, alternative views, re: The Mankind Project, Boys to Men, Band of Brothers, the Good Man Project, etc. The thing is, they don’t have the reach of Peterson. How can we rectify that? How do we reach the young men of North America (the world even)? How can we make them realize that life doesn’t have to be quite so bleak? Peterson doesn’t offer a solution. He offers a return to a past that never really served them (or anyone else, save a few 1%ers) to begin with (and destroyed so many others in the process).
I’ve been struggling with many of these issues myself (I’m a widowed father of four, two daughters and two sons, all adults now). I want a better world, for my kids, for my grandkids, for me. I’m not sure how to make that happen. But I could get behind something that looked promising. Obviously, we’re not alone, how do we convince those who follow Peterson that there’s a better path? Change is hard, convincing people that they need to change is exponentially harder.