If your first exposure to Peterson was an angry re-post from a friend condemning him as a bigot, you can be forgiven for the mistaken assumption that his issue with Bill C-16 has anything to do with trans folks themselves. His issue is with forced speech, or with any government using law to force people into voicing a political view. He’s not stoking fear about trans people. It’s more accurate to see it as resistance to an ideological mentality that deals with opposing viewpoints by silencing them. He’s saying maybe let’s not arm them with the force of law. The idea that one person’s “right to not be offended” trumps another person’s “right to speak freely”, when taken to extremes, leads directly to the climate of absurd moral panic that brought us the college campus scandals surrounding Bret Weinstein at Evergreen College, and Lindsay Shepherd at Wilfred Laurier.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
… Understanding Jordan Peterson: Why Bother? - Rob Mackenzie - Medium.