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The Brave Professor

At the University of Toronto, one man has shown us just how uphill the climb is against political correctness, and what sort of reaction we may expect if we fight it.  He may also have shown us how to win.

In September 2016, in a series of lectures uploaded to YouTube, Jordan B. Peterson, an accomplished professor of psychology, marked his resistance to the use of various new gender pronouns, shibboleths of the transgender craze sweeping academic campuses and society as a whole.  Two months later Peterson published a ringing op-ed piece, “The Right to be Politically Incorrect,” in the National Post, in which he declared,

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...

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