How ideological words have divided and controlled the west.
On November 19, a debate was held at the University of Toronto concerning the ethics of Jordan Peterson’s protest over freedom of speech and bill C-16. The debate was controversial for a number of reasons, but mainly because of its relevance to postmodern “politically correct” culture. To me, the debate was one of the most important social dialogues in recent media.
The debate first focused on bill C-16 and other recent legislation passed by the Canadian government. Some of this legislation included the mandatory antiracist training by all teachers in Canada and an examination of their political views. Canada also institutionalized social justice tribunals where one could be fined $250,000 in legal fees for stating something deemed offensive in public space, only to lose to the tribunal. C-16 itself forces professors and students on university campuses to use the pronouns that transgendered students would like to be identified by.
Peterson believes that this legislation is a violation of free speech. He points out many professors, especially evolutionary biologist, who lost their jobs and financial stability simply for stating their own view: that there are only two genders. The response to Peterson’s protest over the ethics of C-16 was, as he predicted, to silence him.