Dr. Peterson shares concerns over digital ID future
“I think it’ll bring in a totalitarian tyranny so one hundred complete that it would make George Orwell’s 1984 look like a picnic”

Mike Campbell

August 30, 2023

On the Theo Von Podcast released Tuesday, Dr. Jordan Peterson said he’s concerned about the possibility of Canada and other western countries getting digital IDs like China uses.

Dr. Peterson shares concerns over digital ID future

“This is going to happen here, I think, too, although maybe people will fight it,” he told Von. 

Peterson, who’s spent much of his life studying the apparent ease with which humans can become genocidal maniacs, noted how life under the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is borderline indistinguishable from what took place in Orwell’s 1984. 

Under the CCP’s thumb, technological surveillance is practically everywhere in the country, and it’s so intelligent that it can catch citizens for jaywalking. Subsequently, “The digital ID system has you,” Peterson said.

“It has your blood, now. It has your genetic code. It has your photograph. It can identify how you walk so even if it can’t see a face you can be picked up by gait,” he added.

Peterson also noted that the CCP later publicly shames citizens caught jaywalking, and enforces a social credit through their digital IDs, resulting in some from even losing access to their own bank account, as well as losing their freedom to travel.

He said Chinese citizens with a low enough credit score are effectively confined to living in what’s widely known as ‘15 minute cities.’ 

“I think it would bring in – and has already in China – it think it’ll bring in a totalitarian tyranny so one hundred complete that it would make George Orwell’s 1984 look like a picnic,” Peterson said.

Far from over  

Peterson, who’s coming off a losing Ontario court decision, said he plans to appeal in his ongoing dispute with the Ontario College of Psychologists, and he suspects it will go to the Supreme Court of Canada.

“I’m essentially facing an adversary that has indefinite resources in time,” he told Von.

He later added, “They say the process is the punishment.” 

Petition over 94,000

The Counter Signal’s Defend Dr. Peterson petition has amassed 94,000 signatures.

The College is responsible for setting and enforcing standards for the practice of psychology in the province, and has demanded Peterson attend and pay for social media training over complaints about his comments he made online. 

The complaints referred to specific comments Peterson made through social media, including his criticizing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, scoffing at the climate change agenda, misgendering transgender celebrity Elliot Page, calling an obese model “not pretty,” and an ironic joke about suicide. 

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