Jordan B. Peterson is a Canadian clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, but many in the media consider him to be part of a group known as the “alt-right”.
The reason? He believes in free speech.
According to those on the left, free speech should not exist, and those who believe in protecting that freedom are the modern day equivalents to Nazis.
Peterson has been an outspoken critic of political correctness, and specifically Canada’s law which compels speech in regards to gender identity.
The law, which was passed in 2017, makes it a crime to call someone by the “wrong pronoun.” Meaning, if a MAN wants to be called SHE, you legally have to play along with their fantasy. Peterson thinks that this is not only stupid, but flat out dangerous.
In an op-ed published by the National Post, Peterson spelled out why he refuses to go along with this law:
“I will never use words I hate, like the trendy and artificially constructed words “zhe” and “zher.” These words are at the vanguard of a post-modern, radical leftist ideology that I detest, and which is, in my professional opinion, frighteningly similar to the Marxist doctrines that killed at least 100 million people in the 20th century.
I have been studying authoritarianism on the right and the left for 35 years. I wrote a book, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief, on the topic, which explores how ideologies hijack language and belief. As a result of my studies, I have come to believe that Marxism is a murderous ideology. I believe its practitioners in modern universities should be ashamed of themselves for continuing to promote such vicious, untenable and anti-human ideas, and for indoctrinating their students with these beliefs. I am therefore not going to mouth Marxist words. That would make me a puppet of the radical left, and that is not going to happen. Period.”
Since then, Peterson has been the subject of numerous “hit-piece” articles trying to portray him as some sort of sexist, bigoted, misogynistic monster. This is exemplified during an interview he did with Canada’s “Power & Politics”.
The interview pits Jordan Peterson against fellow University of Toronto professor A.W. Peet.
From the beginning, the show’s host tries to paint Peterson as someone who is unwilling to think about the feelings of others. Peterson is asked “why are you against using alternative pronouns?” but the problem is that isn’t the issue.
The ISSUE is that the government feels that it has the right to FORCE people to say things they don’t want to say. Either the host knows this, and wants to make sure Peterson looks like a jerk, OR he is unaware of the issue at hand.
Imagine living in a country where the government can tell you what words you have to use in conversation. That is the reality of being a Canadian.
“I don’t believe other people have the right to determine what language I use,” Peterson tells the host. “Especially when it’s backed by punitive legislation.”
Professor Peet, a transgender man (also known as a woman) claims that Peterson has caused “real harm” to people on campus for daring to not use pronouns such as “they, them, zee, zer,” and a host of others when referring to people who are “non-binary”. Peet goes on to say that Peterson has made it “harder to be transgender”.
A side note: if you need other people to agree with your “preferred gender” to feel validated, there’s something else going on. If I feel like a unicorn, but I need everyone else to agree that I’m a unicorn, then chances are I don’t REALLY feel like a unicorn.
Peet goes on to say that in New Zealand, where she (he?) hails from, educators are supposed to act as a “conscience” for society. That’s strange, because I was under the impression that educators were supposed to EDUCATE.
Peterson is then asked about his views on pronoun usage in regards to respecting the “human rights” of others.
“I don’t think it boils down to respecting their human rights,” Peterson says. “I think it’s an imposition on freedom of speech.”
“If there was a naturally evolving solution to the linguistic problem that’s being posed by a small fraction of the transgender community that people would have already adopted it.”
For the layman, Peterson is saying that if people really believed these “alternative pronouns” served a purpose, we wouldn’t need a law telling us what we can and can’t say. We as people would just naturally accept them. However, since so many people agree that these “alternative pronouns” are absurd, the tiny group of people who want to be called “zee” want the government to FORCE others what to say.
Professor Peet chimed in saying that we should all just “be kind”, and proceeds to suggest we all program our friends “preferred pronoun” next to their name in our phones. At first it seems like a joke, but then you realize Peet is dead serious. “I only have about a half dozen pronouns I use regularly,” Peet says.
That’s when Peterson decides to take the gloves off.
“Kindness is the excuse that social justice warriors use when they want to exercise control over what other people think and say,” Peterson tells Peet. “We need stringent protection of freedom of speech so that we can utter the truths that we see fit, and I think that’s a much higher value that KINDNESS.”
“There’s lots of situations in life where kindness in the immediate present is not the appropriate way to react at all.”
Peterson then gives an example saying that “when you discipline children you often hurt their feelings in the short-term so you can teach them to behave properly in the medium to long-term so that their lives go well.”
“And I don’t think that Peet’s solution to program my cell phone so that I can remember what names people need to be called is a reasonable solution.”
When professor Peet goes on to suggest that people not using proper pronouns leads to hard lives for trans people, Peterson wasn’t having any of it.
“My refusal to use pronouns because left-wing activists want me to use them has nothing to do with whether or not trans people are having difficulties in society.”
This is definitely an interview worth watching.
Free speech is a fundamental principle in American society. That’s what the founding fathers ranked it so high in our Bill of Rights. The right to freely express your thoughts and feelings is something that should never be taken away, but unfortunately there are many who would like to see the government take that ability away.