High-profile psychologist and commentator Jordan Peterson says Australians are being forced to choose between a Covid epidemic or a police state, saying he prefers the ‘relatively low risk’ of the virus.
dr. Peterson tweeted the question to his nearly 2 million followers on Thursday, adding that a police state was becoming increasingly certain.
“Australians (and perhaps all of us in the west): Are you being asked to choose between the dangers of a police state versus the dangers of Covid?” said Dr. Peterson.
Jordan Peterson (pictured), a psychology professor, said Australians were being asked to choose between Covid and a police state
‘I would certainly prefer the relatively low risk of the latter to the increasingly unpleasant certainty of the former. Opinion,” he said, tagging former Australian Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson.
Earlier on Thursday, John Anderson tweeted an op-ed by Peter Kurti of the Center for Independent Studies arguing that lockdowns were “breaking the fabric of society.”
The CIS is a libertarian think tank that promotes ‘free enterprise economy’ and a ‘free society under limited government’.
Comments on Dr. Peterson were mixed, with some agreeing that they would rather live with the virus in the community.
‘Australian here. I would much rather have the disease than live under these lockdowns. Most family and friends have said they are more afraid of the government and their response than Covid,” one person said.
“As a 22-year-old young man, I would prefer the second option. Covid will disappear more easily in the next 10 years than an authoritarian state,” agrees another.
However, others argued that the problem was not so simple.
“It’s not binary. There are confounding factors that contribute to this equation. Namely, the hesitancy of vaccines,” argued one person.
Single mother Ramona (pictured) is one of 696 people in NSW hospitalized with Covid with 115 in ICU
‘When did you get so dramatic? Telling people to be vaxed is like creating a new law to protect society and millions of lives. It’s nothing like a police state,” said another.
“Would you and those who agree lose your right to ER access,” a third added.
The outspoken Canadian academic and author has received worldwide attention in recent years, starting with his opposition to government enforcement of the use of neutral gender pronouns for transgender people.
Through his many media appearances, he became a champion of resistance to ‘identity politics’ and he wrote a bestseller Rules for Life that focused on the need for individual responsibility and empowerment.
dr. Peterson is not the only foreign commentator to question Australia’s serious response to its relatively few Covid cases.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson slammed Australia’s ongoing lockdowns this week, saying the “totalitarian” country’s draconian restrictions were like a “science-fiction” movie.
dr. Peterson tweeted the question to his nearly 2 million followers on Thursday
Recent anti-lockdown protests have been held in Melbourne and Sydney, attended by thousands against public health regulations – sparking a large-scale police response and many arrests (Photo: A man arrested at a rally in Sydney past weekend)
“In Australia, the government has implemented total lockdowns across the country and imposed martial law to enforce those lockdowns,” the host said on his TV show Tucker Carlson Tonight.
‘What is the justification for this? Here are the numbers: From mid-July to last week, the entire country of Australia – that’s 25 million people – has averaged about 1.5 Covid deaths a day.”
He also cited the police manhunt for Covid-positive patient Anthony Karam, 27, who reportedly refused to self-isolate despite receiving a positive Covid test.
‘Was he a mass murderer? New. He ventured outside his apartment complex. To do that, the media showed surveillance footage of him entering his elevator and sneezing without covering his face,” Carlson said.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson (pictured) has criticized Australia’s Covid response to his show, comparing the nation to ‘North Korea’
He also duped bureaucrats about a bizarre incident in the Australian outback where a dog pound shot his animals after the area was ordered to stay home.
In a recent case, authorities executed rescue dogs – shot them – to prevent Australian dog lovers from traveling to adopt them.
‘You can’t leave your house, so they just killed the dogs. And the people took it. They were told they had to.’
And Carlson also railed against officers’ heavy-handedness during recent protests in the capital, and berated Prime Minister Daniel Andrews for telling Victorians not to see the sunset.
Andrews had previously said going outside to watch the sunset was ‘not in the spirit’ of Covid restrictions.
Carlson said the rules – meant to save lives – were madness.
‘Called for watching the sunset. Executing rescue dogs. A nationwide manhunt for a man who sneezed alone in an elevator. No one in Australia laughs at this. No one stands far enough back to see the madness,’ he said.