Jordan Peterson — renowned best-selling author, Canadian psychologist, and quasi-cultural messiah — agrees with President Donald Trump's sentiments that today is a scary time for young men.
What did he say?
In an interview with Switzerland's Aargauer Zeitung, Peterson expressed his support for the president's remarks.
Peterson spoke to the outlet while on the first leg of his European tour for his best-selling book, "12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos."
The interview, which ran on Saturday, was conducted by the outlet's Yannick Nock.
Nock asked Peterson, "Mr. Peterson, U.S. President Trump says it's a scary time for young men. Is he right?"
Peterson answered, "There is no doubt about that. We were convinced that there is a tyrannical patriarchy in Western countries. Men are told that they have to feel guilty about their achievements. The idea is that men are not successful because of their competence, but because of the power of patriarchy. What a nonsense! Anyone who rises in his job owes this to his abilities."
In October, the president said that it's a "very scary time for young men in America." Trump was pointing to the sexual assault allegations laid against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh for an example of what he meant by a "scary time."
"It is a very scary time for young men in America, where you can be guilty of something you may not be guilty of," Trump said. "This is a very, very — this is a very difficult time. What's happening here has much more to do than even the appointment of a Supreme Court justice."
Nock responded, "They see young, white men as the real losers of Western society. Do not you misunderstand many minorities who have a much harder time?"
Peterson wasn't taking the bait — and went further to knock down the notion of the patriarchy, which he's spoken about extensively in the past.
"I try to name problems. There will always be groups that have an advantage. It's so obvious, we do not have to talk about it. But that has nothing to do with so-called white privileges," he added. "Are white people privileged in China? Of course not. Privileges are cultural and are not primarily about nationality, race, or gender. I think that all people should have the same opportunities. But that does not mean that everyone has to be equally successful. What bothers me when young men are told that their ambitions would strengthen patriarchy."
Why is Peterson blaming universities?
Peterson went on to note that the universities and leftist activists were to blame for squashing men's ambitions out of desire to be politically correct — a term that Peterson has often noted to loathe.
In lambasting universities, Peterson noted that such institutions haven't done much more than soften and indoctrinate their students.
"In the humanities and social sciences, and especially gender studies, they have instituted a radically left-wing policy that has little to do with science," Peterson explained. "The academic standards have been lowered, the ideology has taken over. Students become indoctrinated like in a cult."
In a video for Prager U, Peterson made similar remarks about the indoctrination of higher-learning institutions.
"You may not realize it, but you are currently funding some dangerous people," Peterson says in the June video. "They are indoctrinating young minds throughout the West with their resentment-ridden ideology. They have made it their life’s mission to undermine Western civilization itself, which they regard as corrupt, oppressive, and patriarchal."
You can read the rest of Peterson's interview here.