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Letters: Jordan Peterson and ‘The Hyper-Partisan Morass’

Readers discuss the psychology professor’s polarizing take on identity politics, and what it might mean for the left.
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Why the Left Is So Afraid of Jordan Peterson

Recently, Caitlin Flanagan argued that the Canadian professor offers “an alternative means of understanding the world to a very large group of people who have been starved for one”—and his stardom is evidence that leftism is on the decline.


My deepest thanks to Caitlin Flanagan for articulating—succinctly, fairly, and finally—the truth about what Jordan Peterson represents: a viable and vital way out of the hyper-partisan morass.

Todd McCullough
Los Angeles, Calif.


The truth is, Peterson and his followers are just as guilty of playing identity politics as the left. They bring up race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and identity every chance

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