Historic Maclean’s Magazine is now a purveyor of childish ridicule

Talk about legacy media that should have died a natural death. Just look at this stupid attack on Prof. Jordan Peterson by Tabatha Southey:

Is Jordan Peterson the stupid man’s smart person?

My, isn’t that clever?

It was a video that brought J-man back into the news this week. In July, he posted a video on his YouTube page laying out a plan to launch a website on which students and parents could have courses rated for them by artificial intelligence that could detect a “postmodern cult course.” His aim, he explained, was to cut off “the supply to the people that are running the indoctrination cults.” Ultimately, the champion of free speech said, he hoped the project would shut down whole departments that upset him.

Anyone familiar with the Sokal hoax will understand exactly what Peterson is doing: Providing early identification of expensive academic rot. Whether his method works as well as Sokal’s is a different matter, but not one to be decided by a defender of rot …

She calls Peterson an astonishing variety of stupid names. One hopes that the people who say they think she is clever are just being kind.

What he’s telling you is that certain people—most of them women and minorities—are trying to destroy not only our freedom to spite nonbinary university students for kicks, but all of Western civilization and the idea of objective truth itself. He’s telling you that when someone tells you racism is still a problem and that something should be done about it, they are, at best, a dupe and, at worst, part of a Marxist conspiracy to destroy your way of life. More.

Reality check: As a matter of brute fact, post-modernists specifically do not believe that there is such a thing as objective truth, and they are beginning to invade the sciences. That does not bode well for the rest of us if we think that objectivity is a useful concept in science.

Note: I sat in on a public lecture by Peterson last June and suspect that Southey belongs to a growing crowd of urban Canadian intellectuals who are proud to label and dismiss what he is talking about without understanding it. Good news for them: Progressive government grants await. Massively. Like our national debt.

See also: Can science survive long in a post-modern world? It’s not clear.

Bonus! Dave Foley’s Divorce from Tabatha Southey

  • Clink9

    “Is Jordan Peterson the stupid man’s smart person?”

    Is Maclean’s the smart man’s stupid magazine?

    • To answer your question, yes.

    • joan flaherty

      No – it’s the stupid man’s stupid magazine

      • David Murrell

        I let my subscription to Maclean’s lapse years ago, when it kicked its conservative editor upstairs, after the Mark Steyn incident. I am horrified as to how bad it has become.

  • Jaedo Drax

    Last year, rogers communications inc, the owner of Maclean’s had profited to the total of $835 million. Maclean’s received approximately $1.5million in government subsidies to keep it afloat. I guess it’s only right that they toe the Liberal line.


  • Ed

    “…Is Jordan Peterson the stupid man’s smart person?…”

    This is statement requires the writer to be pretty sure the “stupid person” is harmless and she can preen away in complete safety.

    She would never write “…Is Jordan Peterson the stupid muslim’s smart person?”

  • mauser 98

    Tabatha Southey is a butt sore snowflake whiner loser Hillary zombie
    Southey renamed her site Crooked Tabatha for 2016 election.and has never recovered.
    even the Mop&Pail gave up and dumped her..endless Trump Russia evil fake news

    ..now she trolls for stupid Macleans….15$ bucks an hour?? if so way overpaid


  • deplorabledave

    macleans threw Mark Steyn under the bus. Enough said.

  • Tooth&Claw

    What amazingly juvenile twaddle. If this is the level of serious writing in Macleans, they deserve to go bankrupt.

  • disqusW6sf

    She sounds nasty.

  • joan flaherty

    This Tabatha -something windbag sounds, under the pontificating, rather worried

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