The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast

The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast

363. Rekindling the Spirit of the Classic Democrat | Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is a renowned American environmental attorney, author, and activist. Born as the third of 11 children to former U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, he carries forward a legacy of advocacy for the environment and public health. Known for leading the fight against pollution, Kennedy serves as President of the Waterkeeper Alliance, strengthening global water bodies. His impactful writings, including ‘Crimes Against Nature’, underscore his commitment to environmental conservation. Kennedy also co-founded Children’s Health Defense, addressing children’s health issues linked to harmful environmental exposures. RFK Jr. remains an influential voice for justice and sustainability, preserving his family’s commitment to public service.

Analyzing the Candid Conversation Between Jordan Peterson and Robert Kennedy Jr. on Pharmaceuticals

In a recent conversation, renowned psychologist Jordan Peterson and environmental attorney Robert Kennedy Jr. sat down to discuss a plethora of issues related to the pharmaceutical industry and public health, revealing insights that often go unspoken in the mainstream media.

Pharmaceutical Advertising in the US

The dialogue began with Kennedy Jr. recounting President Trump’s personal belief that vaccines might be linked to autism, based on the experiences of his acquaintances. He observed that the Democratic party often reacted contrarily to Trump’s statements, which resulted in this sensitive issue becoming highly politicized, fueling divisive tribalism in American society.

Media and Pharmaceutical Interests

Their discussion touched upon the significant influence the pharmaceutical industry wields over legacy media. Kennedy Jr. asserted that the industry controls a significant percentage of advertising, especially during news shows. This dynamic has reportedly impeded balanced reporting on public health topics. He illustrated this with his own experiences of media censorship related to his work on vaccines’ potential side effects.

The Compromised Cochrane Collaboration

Peterson and Kennedy Jr. also expressed their concerns about the Cochrane Collaboration, a gold standard for independent, systematic scientific reviews. They lamented that the once reputable institution has allegedly been compromised by funding from the Gates Foundation. This allegation, if true, highlights a worrisome trend in which financial interests could influence the objectivity of scientific reviews.

Pharmaceutical Influences Over Academic Journals

The conversationalists also spoke about the pharmaceutical industry’s influences over academic journals. They reflected on the ‘pre-print’ practice that potentially enables pharmaceutical companies to misrepresent scientific research findings to medical professionals and the public.