Running circles around him is right.Thanks for this. I didn't tune into the debate, but it's been said that Jordan Peterson's knowledge of Marxism came exactly from reading The Communist Manifesto. For so much time spent preparing for the big event, the dude was astoundingly underread. He could've spent time reading up on Das Kapital (the absolute minimum for anyone remotely interested in Marxism), The Frankfurt School, Situationist International, The Fourth International, dialectical materialism, labor theory of value, surplus labor, Joseph Dietzgen, Theodor Adorno, György Lukács, Herbert Marcuse, Max Horkheimer, Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, Henri Lefebvre, Guy Debord, Gilles Deleuze, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, et cetera. Yet he was only familiar with The Communist Manifesto, a text that is far from a philosophical treatise.
It had long been speculated that Slavoj Žižek would run circles around Kermit, and virtually every commentary on the debate echoes such sentiments. Even Nick Fuentes was despondent, stating that the right-wing has lots of homework to do before throwing down with the big boys:
I can only imagine what Peterson fans felt when they watched their hero struggle and finally just request Zizek to define Marxism when it was obvious Peterson had no idea what what going on.
When you have weeks to prepare and you end up just asking your 'opponent' to educate you... wellllp... it's not exactly an intellectual tour de force...