Recognising the need which Jordan Peterson is serving

There’s a short aside in Against The Web by Michael Brooks which identifies something which I’ve often reflected on. For all their terrible characteristics figures like Jordan Peterson are serving an existential need which the left ought to understand. From pg 50:

Like everyone else, young white men are trying to muddle through life in a relentlessly complicated, unequal, and—to use one of Peterson’s favorite terms—chaotic era. All the IDW and IDW-adjacent figures mentioned in this book are spreading narratives that soothe general anxieties by smoothing over the complications of real life.