I'm having a really hard time today after an exchange with Michel Bauwens. I'm afraid he might be having some kind of mental health breakdown or neurological issue as he gets older. Many here are admirers of his work with the #p2p Foundation, as I was, and some have worked with him, so I'm hoping to get more context.
In the middle of last year, he came out in support of Joran Peterson in the main P2P Facebook group, and of course there was a massive backlash. But it seems that he didn't learn anything because he was back to posting pro-Peterson links in the group yesterday. I responded with some awful sexist quotes by JP and said it was very sad to see Michel supporting him. He banned me from the group and sent me a super angry "I'm never speaking to you again" email, calling my comments "racist and sexist" because I referred to him as a "white man".
I don't care about being in the Facebook group, but we used to be friends and I this is all so crazy. I organized a speaking tour for him in New Zealand and hooked him up with my networks. We spent time together in Thailand and Europe, and he's supported my work. I'm genuinely worried about him.
Normally if someone came out in support of this kind of ideology, I'd take it upon myself to contact conferences and institutions giving them a platform and let them know they need to reassess, but I just can't believe this is actually happening.
How can someone who has spent so many years furthering commons and P2P causes not understand social justice? How can someone who is such a student of history not understand what Jordan Peterson stands for at a time of rising fascism?
I feel so sad, and literally nauseous.