Jordan Peterson, a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, burst onto the international scene last year when he posted online videos publicly criticizing Canada’s proposed Bill C-16, as well as the Ontario Human Rights Commission, as the continued expansion of radical leftist ideology into Canadian law. The bill, recently passed by the Canadian legislature, adds gender identity and gender expression to the Human Rights Code and to the criminal code’s hate crime section.
Though he has a wide-ranging opposition to the law and its philosophy, and has hundreds of hours of lectures and debates online to delineate his positions, his immediate complaint is that it amounts to compelled speech. It forces him and all Canadians to recognize, under penalty of law, an untenable ideology, that human beings can be anything but male or female, as determined by genetics. He does not object to transgenderism as such and supports the rights of individuals to choose, making that clear through words and actions. He objects, rather, to the notion that there legally can be no discussion about it, about whether it is a scientifically defensible or logically valid proposition. While the law itself does not require the use of genderless pronouns, such as ze and zur, the law’s promoters have stated that they will pursue the approach of the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Their policies require that accommodation be made for protected classes, of which the use of desired pronouns would be an example. They have demonstrated their power and intent to punish those who resist.
Dr. Peterson has said explicitly that the requirement is wrong and he will not abide by it, as compelled speech is an inherent violation of free speech. As such, he could be fined hundreds of thousands of dollars, and forced to pay the expenses of his opponents and other costs, as well as other “remedies,” such as taking required diversity training. He said, in no uncertain terms, that he will not pay and will not comply. If he is arrested and put in jail, he will go on a hunger strike to bring international attention to it.
When debating him, Peterson’s critics often try to intimidate and bait him to make him look foolish or evil, but he remains so calm and collected, with such a vast knowledge of all of the issues, that they end up making themselves the fools by showing for all to see their denial of obvious truth. It seems like they have never met a man of such character and don’t know how to handle it.
It also appears that the more the radical leftists try to demonize him, the more support he gets. It is quite similar to the Trump effect. Though Peterson and Trump have very different backgrounds, characters, and views, the fundamental reason for their popularity is the fact that more and more people are getting fed up with being blamed for everything, with radical ideology being cemented into law and society, and having so much obvious untruth foisted upon them as truth. Both Peterson and Trump are vocal opponents of such radicalism, Peterson in Canada and Trump in America, recognizing the dangers it poses to the people.
Whether or not you agree with either Peterson or Trump, whether or not you think they are good or bad, wise or foolish, it is obvious that there is a growing backlash against the Marxist class warfareism being pushed so hard by the left in most regions throughout the world. It is not so clear about the Canadians, but a lot of Americans are starting to stand up and actively resist the impositions of the left, and that is very good.