Adam Piggott

Gentleman adventurer

Shapiro hits the canvas.

In the short history of this blog my single biggest viewing day has been a tad under 5000 views. The article that garnered so much attention was a short piece examining the way that our old buddy Jordan Peterson twists the meaning of common words to suit his own nefarious purposes. The reason that it got so many hits is because somebody chose it for a Google Chrome selection of the day; in other words, it popped up in people’s feeds. The funny part is that I have no doubt that the Google staff member who selected it assumed that I was a lefty because I criticized Peterson.

The irony stick thus goes something like this:

Peterson is a lefty who masquerades as a righty because he is a professional wolf in sheep’s clothing, what is also known as a dissembler. He succeeds because people are stupid.

The left in general take Peterson’s stance at face value and assume that Peterson is what he falsely positions himself to be and thus draw the conclusion that he is the enemy. The reason for this is because people are stupid.

(Note that Peterson himself is on record on multiple occasions declaring that he is not on the right and is a lefty. But people believe what they want to believe.)

The next step is when someone on the right, (yours truly), criticizes Peterson it is assumed by both sides that the person doing the criticizing must be a lefty. Thus my piece gets linked to by a prog left organization. But the best bit is yet to come.

Many of the people who followed the link to my site were righteys who erroneously assumed that I was a horrible lefty because I had attacked their great man. One has only to peruse some of the comments on the article, all of which I approved because I found them hilarious. For example:

Clear giveaway you’re a Leftist when you call Peterson’s followers “mindless fanboys”. Saul Alinsky tactics straight from “Rules For Radicals”. Demean and belittle people with opinions you don’t like in an effort to marginalize them. Actually, you just can’t understand the concepts he relates. So you’re a little slow I’d say.

The slow regularly project their own limitations onto others.

A typical response from the left. The millions of JP followers are mindless or stupid but you have a superior intellectual pedigree that gives you a position to insult us.

Needless to say, it was a fun day at the comment approvals desk that day.

A quick glance at my beliefs and opinions page would have immediately dispelled the belief that I was a lefty. People are lazy as well as stupid, but more to the point it is a great comfort to assume that someone attacking one of the people in whom you have placed your faith is one of the enemy. It is far more confronting when the person doing the attacking is on your own side because then you might be forced to consider the arguments.

With this background in mind, let us now turn our attention to Ben Shapiro’s disastrous interview yesterday with Andrew Neil of the BBC.

Shapiro has made a career out of intellectually beating up dumb college students on lightweight subjects. As The Z Man points out, he is the intellectual equivalent of Mike Tyson in this regard, a boxer who carefully chose inferior opponents until he finally came up against someone who could really fight. Yesterday Shapiro came up against someone who could fight and he was found wanting. He unwisely agreed to an interview with no preparation on his part because since it was the BBC he automatically assumed that the interviewer was a lefty and thus his intellectual inferior.

Too bad for him that it turns out that Andrew Neil is an intellectual heavyweight not given to acceptance of snowflake behavior. Shapiro had an on-air meltdown and accused Neil both of arguing in bad faith and of being a lefty, as the two are supposed to be synonymous. Unfortunately for Shapiro, Neil is not a lefty at all; he is among other things the chairman of The Spectator.

Shapiro walked out of the interview as he declared that he couldn’t be bothered with it anymore. He must have been congratulating himself in Los Angeles for a job well done when at some point he received what must have been the very unwelcome news as to whom his interlocutor actually was. Shapiro then spent the rest of the day frantically trying to undo the damage by admitting fault and apologizing to just about anyone who would listen. But when you’ve built a reputation on facile slogans such as ‘facts don’t care about your feelings’ it can be rather damaging for your own career when you chuck a hissy fit because someone is asking you hard questions for the first time.

Like Peterson, Shapiro has built up credibility with the Right by executing very stupid SJWs at every opportunity. SJWs, whether they are silly girls on campuses or silly interviewers on prog left channels, are the useful idiots of the left. They allow charlatans like Peterson and Shapiro to establish their bona fides. Peterson’s real job is to undermine men on the right who want to make something of themselves. Shapiro’s own role is to prop up the lie that is Judaeo-Christianity while simultaneously defending ethnic nationalism for Israel and civic nationalism for the Western world.

Shapiro’s big mistake is that he fell into the trap of believing his own bullshit. He created a mythology of being a brilliant debater by debating idiots. But because he is not very smart he started to believe the lie, and he got lazy and arrogant. Watch the end of the interview where Shapiro closes it down. Here is a man supremely confident in his own superiority; he has no idea that the ground is about to fall away beneath him. Just because you are less stupid than the people whom you fight, does not then mean by default that you are smart.

The battle lines between the left and right are nebulous and hard to define. We are not stretched out across a field wearing opposing uniforms. Shapiro got destroyed because he mistook a real enemy for a false enemy. If that is confusing, walk it back and work it out. If you are on the right then the only way to correctly identify your allies is whether or not they are operating from a basis of seeking truth. Of course, it also helps if you’re not very stupid. And the left does not hold a monopoly on that burden.


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  1. Allen

    What I’ve noticed about these guys is that they are aggressive to two sets of people. Women and young males, boys really. They never take on a man. If they do, well we see what happens.

  2. theroyalfamilyi

    I wouldn’t say Peterson is a charlatan, but an anti-commie leftist. He had some semblance of rational thought remaining, so he didn’t bow down to the tranny mob, and he actually got something from that first course of red-pill forced down his throat. But he never pursued it, didn’t take that second pill. And, because he opposes the SJW’s, and endorses some basic, bottom-tier common-sense ideas in clown-world, cucks and idiots think he’s magically a right-winger, and thus their friend. (Peterson, not being a complete idiot, has of course capitalized on his new position.)
    Same thing with Camille Paglia. She’s a leftist lesbian atheist, but because she opposes the marxist hoards rampaging though society opposing and destroying everything of value, she’s someone to be supported, instead of merely being given credit where credit is due.

  3. Andrew Neil was well prepared and “read”. Ben Shapiro, knowing that he couldnt put together a somewhat decent response, “punted out” like a pussy. Ive said this before to people that I knew that I think he is a piss poor representative to conservatives.
    (He can debate and quote all he wants but he cant hit above the lightweights as you mentioned before)
    He looked like a wimp. All he had to do was admit that he screwed up with the Palestinian quotes but he couldnt do it.
    A man can admit when he screws up when he is called out but Ben waffles like a kid. Ben either has little man syndrome or he is just that conceited.

    • zx10cam

      Let me preface this with ‘this is a genuine question, so please be nice’… Ben has admitted to the things he stuffed up on in the past. Like he said, he’s got that list of things he got wrong for people to read. So are you saying that he has made an error in his tweets and isn’t admitting to it? I don’t know why he would cop to the other mistakes and not this, if that’s the case?

      And I’ve heard him talk about these tweets before, and he did explain them (from memory).

    • Genuine question – Shapiro says he had admitted to mistakes and stuff ups he’s made previously, in that list he has and refers to in that clip. I’ve heard him explain these tweets before, so if he did stuff up why wouldn’t he cop to that as another mistake?
      I’ve always thought he was reasonable in his explanations and reasoning. Shrug.

      • I need to be honest. I hadn’t seen the footage that he had answered concerns on his tweets. (I had seen a quite a few of his debate videos but I cant remember seeing any of the news footage of explanations, etc). I dig through YouTube, etc and never get to see the stuff like what you mentioned. I’ll admit my ignorance. Would you mind steering me towards a link?

  4. Someone

    I’ve always despised ((Ben)). He is another armchair chickenhawk who had his chance to go to Iraq but did not. It is sad that the NFL player Pat Tillman signed up and died for nothing and I would wager he would be a better man.

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