'Jordan Peterson, the Canadian public thinker and free speech champion, is a staunch proponent of meritocracy – the notion that people should be rewarded by their individual ability or achievement – as opposed to equity and diversity, according to which a reward is dependent upon a person’s affiliation with an “oppressed” minority.
In a thought-provoking post on his blog, Jordan Peterson has made the case against the ideology of diversity and political correctness.
His latest diatribe against the New Left came in response to the launch of a survey on diversity in postsecondary faculty and researchers by the Canadian government.
The survey stems from a commitment to support greater diversity among researchers that receive government funding. The federal budget specifically singles out women and underrepresented groups among the funding recipients who should be enjoying increased support.
Jordan Peterson argues against the central premise of this policy: that research funding should be based on a person’s intrinsic characteristics, such as gender or race, rather than their merits such as the quality of the proposed research.
Peterson — a faculty staff member himself — believes that the concept of diversity actually means “let’s aim for fewer white men in positions of authority.”
The University of Toronto professor reiterates his earlier assumption that there is a serious underlying arithmetical problem in that concept — namely the massive number of oppressed categories of people who, in the view of proponents of diversity, are subject to multiple forms of discrimination at once. These “oppressed” people are considered to be at the intersection of categories that result in their perceived disadvantage, hence the term “intersectionality,” which is most commonly associated with feminism.'
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