Tanner Mirrlees

Associate Professor, Communication and Digital Media Studies, UOIT

Tanner Mirrlees is a critical political economist of the ICT and cultural industries and an Associate Professor in the Communication and Digital Media Studies program at UOIT. Since 2007, he has designed and taught more than 20 unique social science and humanities courses that criss-cross communication and media studies, international relations, sociology, and technology studies. His current research focuses on the US Empire, war and communications, labour in the cultural industries, and the alt-right’s “platform fascism.”  He is the author of Hearts and Mines: The U.S. Empire’s Culture Industry (University of British Columbia Press, 2016) and Global Entertainment Media: Between Cultural Imperialism and Cultural Globalization (Routledge, 2013).

Contextualizing Dr. Jordan Peterson’s ‘Cultural Marxism’: A Blue Pill for the Alt-Right

Abstract

In “Contextualizing Dr. Jordan Peterson’s 'Cultural Marxism': A Blue Pill for the Alt-Right,” I explore the history, content and political uses of the alt-right’s “cultural Marxist” conspiracy theory to contextualize Jordan Peterson's slippery usage of the phrases “neo-Marxism,” “postmodern Marxism,” and sometimes, “cultural Marxism.” When Dr. Peterson deploys these terms to label and scrutinize Left movements, policies and practices related to “political correctness” and “social justice,” he, by wanton error or by choice, peddles a “blue pill” to his followers that dulls their capacity for rational thought and obstructs their pursuit of knowledge about the real world. While the alt-right’s "blue pill" of cultural Marxism is in mass supply, widely circulated and very addictive, its deleterious effects are being countered by the new “red pill” of democratic socialism.