Episode 15 – How to Change the World

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Part 1: A Message to Millenials: How to Change the World — Properly.
Young people want, rightly, to change the world. But how might this be properly done? Dr Jonathan Haidt recently contrasted Truth University with Social Justice University. Social Justice U has as its advantage the call to social transformation. In this podcast, I outline why Truth is the proper route to societal improvement — and why that starts with the individual.Part 2: A New Years Message to the World
A message for those who are looking forward to 2017. Thank you to all of those who have supported my efforts in the recent (and not so recent past).



  • Mark Meyers

    I have learned a lot from Dr. Peterson’s lectures and ideas and agree with most of his arguments. However, I believe that the discussions of Marxism and Stalin/ totalitarian ideas of the 20th century are grossly oversimplified in many of the lectures, particularly in the ways that they are associated with extreme leftist views in Canada and those in the United States. My guess is that this comes from the frustrations of what he rightly calls the “militant left” in the unversities and his just criticism of what we might call “the gender label war”. (See Ayn Rand for overreactions to Marxist influences and the throwing away of important progressive values).

    My point: it is completely inappropriate to equate progressive values and their respective platform, which came from decades of social struggle, simplistically with totalitarian atrocities in the 20th century, as is often suggested in his lectures. I’d like to hear more from him about the strengths of the social systems which he benefited from: education, health care which give us the opportunties we have in North America. In the many of the “red” states in the US, many of these values and social systems are threatened under the illusion of “free markets” and “drain the swamp” red neck simplicities, which Dr. Peterson may not have first hand exposure to.

    • Libertas bellum

      He has stated that our community local social systems are beneficial to us and I might add voluntary, where as government run systems are run by the rule of law, much different societies in the end.

  • urbanlife

    I have been a fan of Sam Harris for a number of years. However, his character fell in my estimation when listening to his dismissive reactions to Dr. Peterson’s thoughts and opinions in two podcasts in recent months. On the positive side, listening to those podcasts, promoted a strong interest in Dr. Peterson’s ideas.

  • urbanlife

    I listened to the ‘Incendiary Dicussion’ in my car yesterday and want to express my appreciation for Dr. Peterson’s understanding and empathy for those in our world (our western, rich world), who do the jobs that most people do not give a thought about. As a mother of a son and a daughter (now young adults), and as a teacher, I have always felt that young men can often be taken advantage of in labouring jobs. Such experiences can bring life-long physical problems for these men, and I have always done my best to speak to that concern whenever I had the opportunity. I realize that this aspect of the podcast was just one, perhaps even a minor side issue, but it resonated with me as did all of the discussion. Thank you so much Dr. Peterson.

  • Delavalle

    I can not locate the web page that offered your maps of meaning book as a bonus for joining some sort of ongoing membership support for your efforts to make things clear to people.
    Please forward the link to davidballard@yahoo.com if it still exists.