This is a story that you probably haven’t heard if you live in the U.S., but it’s a story that needs to be told. Why? Because it will affect you and me.
If you haven’t heard of Professor Jordan Peterson, I would highly recommend that you go to Google or YouTube and check out the controversy surrounding him. I can give you a brief synopsis.
In recent months Professor Peterson began to voice his concerns about Canadian Bill C-16, which is a bill designed to “amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code…to add gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination.”
Basically, what the bill does is that it adapts the criminal code to include so-called “preferred pronouns” in its protected classes, and would criminalize those who don’t use said pronouns.
I know what you’re thinking…
What the hell are “preferred pronouns”?
Basically preferred pronouns are the self-identifying words (often made up, or existing words improperly used) that batshit crazy “activists” or “social justice warriors” use to give themselves a sense of illusory validation. The normal pronouns we use to identify people, such as “he” or “she”, apparently are no longer adequate because they aren’t “inclusive to those who don’t subscribe to the social construct of a gender binary”.
Seriously. You can’t make this shit up.
By the way, if I’m murdering this article with quotation marks it’s only because I cannot fathom that western liberal democracy has finally gone full-retard. How did we get here? Great question. I won’t get into that in this article, I want to get back to Professor Peterson.
After voicing his concerns about the impending legislation, and creating several YouTube videos, Peterson attended a free-speech rally on the University of Toronto campus. The rally itself turned into a three-ring circus as irate social justice warriors descended upon the rally, decrying “hate-speech”, and (in typical liberal spirit) doing all they could to shout down those who simply advocated a different point of view.
In the process, prominent Libertarian journalist Lauren Southern, was assaulted by an “activist” (there I go with the air quotes again) and, shortly following the rally, Peterson received letters from U of T administrators telling him in essence to “shut up or face the consequences”. Peterson chose not to back down and that brings us to the current state of affairs. Peterson is doing scores of interviews trying to communicate his case, all the while having his character attacked by Leftist activists. He is determined not to back down even if facing fines, loss of job, even possible imprisonment.
He should be an example to anyone who cherishes the idea that individuals should have the freedom to express themselves in any way they choose, rather than allowing governments to create protected, privileged classes backed by force and coercion of law.
Many Americans think this will never happen in the states. If you believe this, you aren’t paying attention. New York has already enshrined its own pronoun law, which imposes fines against those who don’t comply. Milo Yiannopolous’ “Dangerous Faggot Tour”, which exposed the widespread cultural Marxism which has permeated the American institutions of higher learning was another example of the bizarre and terrifying example of the censorship of controversial viewpoints on campuses.
Free expression is one of the few issues in our current society that left and right wingers can find common ground to combat extremist, controlling political ideologies. Once this freedom is taken then Western society, as we know it, will be lost for good.
I urge you to support Professor Peterson in his fight against the censorship of the state and radical activists by subscribing to his YouTube channel, following him on Twitter (@jordanbpeterson) and sharing articles on the development of this story.
Professor Peterson is the precedent setting case in the battle of free speech and political correctness, will we rally to his cause?