Jordan Peterson has spoken to a number of Australian politicians, including former Prime Minister Scott Morrison, as part of his current tour of Australia.
Mr. Morrison took a seat in the front row and seemed to be fascinated by the clinical psychologist as he spoke.
Dr. Peterson, who has earned a worldwide reputation as a thorough critic of contemporary politics, spoke at the Houses of Parliament in Canberra after the invitation was sent out by Liberal Senator Matt Canavan.
Former Secretary of Defense Andrew Hastie photographed Peterson standing in front of Morrison as he gave a speech.
“Democracy is a struggle of ideas. You don’t have to agree with everything people say, but you do have to be willing to listen,” Hastie wrote.
“I enjoyed listening to @jordan.b.peterson’s reasoned argument in Parliament today with @scottmorrisonmp @jacintanampijinpa @mattjcan and other colleagues and members of the Australian public.”
Peterson said he discussed the “classic liberal-conservative vision updated” with the former Australian prime minister in a Twitter post on his now-unblocked account.
Also in attendance were One Nation Senators Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts, according to reports.
Senator Canavan took aim at opponents of Peterson’s visit to Parliament, calling the furor something of a “collapse.”
Peterson has regularly drawn angry left-wing protesters to his events, calling them “ideologues” who are too afraid to face him in debate and instead resort to insults and misappropriation of his views in an attempt to deplatform him.
“The left-wing collapse over Jordan Peterson is hilarious…even better than the talk,” Senator Canavan wrote.
“In a world dominated by the siren song of instant gratification, Jordan’s message of the need for discipline and self-sacrifice to achieve meaning and happiness has resonated with millions.”
“It was nice of him to spend time in our Houses of Parliament during an eventful book tour.”
Peterson’s popularity came in the mid-2010s when he openly criticized the introduction of forced speech in relation to addressing students using their chosen pronouns in Canadian universities.
In addition to teaching students, conducting academic research, and maintaining clinical patient care practices, Dr. Peterson first began appearing in the media in the early 2000s as a guest pundit on a television show.
He launched a YouTube channel in 2013 to upload lectures and interviews, appearing on some of the most viewed podcasts in what was originally called the “intellectual dark web.”
His videos quickly went viral, appearing just months before Donald Trump was elected to the US in 2016, at a time when the global culture wars were heating up.
Peterson has been highly critical of the modern left, drawing parallels between contemporary political tactics and those used by 20th-century Marxists.
His lectures and YouTube videos combined have amassed nearly 450 million views, not counting countless podcasts and TV appearances.
In July of this year, Dr. Peterson announced that he had joined the daily wire produce content for its DailyWire+ subscription service.
“The plan is to build a multimedia empire offering services on the philosophical, educational, journalistic and entertainment fronts, including films, TV shows and media for children,” he said in the announcement.
“An empire that does not fall prey to the awakened authoritarianism that is becoming increasingly mandatory in many places.”
His current tour of Australia is in support of his new book. Out of order themed shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
Originally published as Jordan Peterson speaking to politicians at the Houses of Parliament