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by Gary Knight
Thinking on JBP and sovereign individualism.
Itâs interesting that he often cites ancient genetic causes for hierarchy as a defence against SJW complaints regarding patriarchy and capitalism.
He correctly identifies the depth of hierarchy and inequality in ancient biological programming that goes right back to our most remote ancestors.
E.g. Dominance hierarchies in lobsters.
Whatâs frustrating is he doesnât apply the same analogy to Western Dominance.
He attributes the Christian ethic as the source of the classical liberal / enlightenment values that birthed individualism as the source of Western Success (although he doesnât say âWestern successâ explicitly.
It seems apparent in my readings about indo-Europeans that the West developed sovereignty mostly as a bi-product of distributive power which was an accident of geography – sufficient rivers, fertile land, hills, crags and natural barriers to break up the European landscape into defensible City states which led cultural development away from centralised monopoly governments that formed in the Middle East, Egypt etc.
I think Peterson flaw is he gives to much credit to Christianity in his arguments for promoting the sovereign individual and fails to see the ancient source code for this cultural feature.
In a sense he feels the words of Abrahamism gifted us new programming for regarding the individual as sacred when it seems we had in us from our martial ethic and domestication allowed the extension of sovereignty down the classes as we had more people capable of the agency to hold the idea.
Which is why Christian Africa doesnât have individualism and market success – software canât take root in hardware that canât process it.
If I was to use a loose metaphor I feel like Western Sovereignty is like a European plant species that was kept tame my the conditions in which it rooted.
But once conditions changed and it had its shot it just spread across the earth and dominated – but first it had to be hardened by time and circumstance.
Eg The plant species Lantana species is a potted flower in the UK.
Once it was exported to Australia it thrived in the sunlight and grew rampant, choking out competitors.
I see Western Sovereignty the same.
Shaped my marital conflict over distributive geography and then once the conditions changes it became hyper-fertile and encompassed the world.