Internet sensation Jordan Peterson, and the over the top hate directed against him by the Left, brings to mind one of the unspoken features of contemporary life: Leftism is completely unconvincing.
Think about it. Leftism tends to only flourish in locations where they can howl down contrary speakers, a prime example is academia, where they have a captive audience, public schools, or where they can blacklist opponents, ironically the entertainment industry. Leftists have largely forgotten how to argue and how to debate ideas. Their only “arguments” these day are an oblivious assumption that all “good” people share Leftist views, and some form of force. And that is not enough for the long term. Evidence of this? When Leftists have to compete head to head with non-Leftists, they tend to come a cropper. Examples of this in this country are Politics and Religion. In politics Leftists increasingly turn to the courts, because they are usually unable to enact their agendas by the ballot box. In religion, a church embracing Leftism is a death warrant since such an embrace is swiftly followed by ever increasing empty pews.
Peterson represents to the Left their inability to argue successfully and thus they respond with brownshirt tactics. Like their ideological forebears, a fist is their only true response to reason. A movement that rests almost entirely on force is a movement that is doomed in the long run.