Category Archives: The Virtual University

May 9, 2017

Jordan Peterson: A Lecture On Political Correctness (Video)

Jordan Peterson’s amazing lecture on political correctness. A counter point to the post modern political correctness.

May 8, 2017

The American Flag: A Symbol of Hate Speech on Campuses? (Video)

Is the U.S. flag a symbol of hate speech? That’s what documentary filmmaker Ami Horowitz wanted to find out when he went to UC Irvine, where the student government tried to ban displays of the flag in a main thruway. Watch and be amazed as Ami interviews the student who spearheaded the flag ban.

May 7, 2017

Ostrich Parasitic Syndrome: Terminal Disease of the Human Mind – The Saad Truth

Watch my recent invited lecture hosted by the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research (CIJR).

Napoleon the Great? A debate with Andrew Roberts, Adam Zamoyski and Jeremy Paxman (Video)

‘There is no immortality but the memory that is left in the minds of men.’ – Napoleon Bonaparte. How should we remember Napoleon, the man of obscure Corsican birth who rose to become emperor of the French and briefly master of Europe?

As the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo approached in 2015, Intelligence Squared brought together two of Britain’s finest historians to debate how we should assess Napoleon’s life and legacy. Was he a military genius and father of the French state, or a blundering nonentity who created his own enduring myth? Was his goal of uniting the European continent under a common political system the forerunner of the modern ‘European dream’? Or was he an incompetent despot, a warning from history of the dangers of overarching grand plans?

Championing Napoleon was be Andrew Roberts who will argue that if any ruler deserves the epithet ‘the Great’ it should be Napoleon. Not only did he revolutionise warfare, but he transformed Europe by retaining the best parts of the French Revolution – equality before the law, religious toleration, and the end of feudalism. He founded the first modern code of law (the Code Napoleon), instituted the excellent Lycée-based education system, and created a new aristocracy based on talent.

By contrast, all mention of Napoleon as ‘great’, ‘hero’, ‘villain’ or ‘monster’ has Adam Zamoyski running for the hills, bemused why – in his opinion – this rather ordinary man excites such passion in otherwise level-head intelligent people. Zamoyski argued that Napoleon is credited with creating civil institutions which were in fact the work of others. He perpetrated some of the greatest military blunders in history, including the disastrous invasion of Russia. He brought about his own downfall through a mixture of incompetence and megalomania. It’s understandable why the French cling to their poetic myth of Napoleon’s ‘greatness’ but to Zamoyski no self-respecting Brit, let alone an historian, should fall for the flim-flam of this shameless self-publicist.

May 4, 2017

The Classicist w/ Victor Davis Hanson: The Tenets Of Progressive Nihilism (Audio)

Victor Davis Hanson looks at how the Left’s rhetoric on the environment, immigration, and higher education have become increasingly divorced from reality.

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May 1, 2017

Why Isn’t Communism as Hated as Nazism? (Video)

When people think of humanity’s greatest evils, why is “communism” rarely mentioned? After all, it has caused more suffering than any other ideology, including Nazism. Watch Dennis Prager’s account of communism’s horrific legacy.

April 29, 2017

My Chat on PragerU – This Requires a Safe Space – The Saad Truth (Video)

Topics covered include evolutionary consumption, professors who fight for classical liberal values, the infusion of identity politics within the recent march for science (and within science more generally), human cowardice, Justin Trudeau, Bill C-16, transphobia, and Islamic reformation.

April 8, 2017

Postmodernism: practice and pathology – Jordan B. Peterson (Video)

I gave a talk on postmodernism and its dangers at the Manning Conference in Ottawa February (www.manningcentre.ca/conference) on a panel entitled Censorship on Campus. Panelists included Dr. Gad Saad of The Saad Truth (http://bit.ly/1qDQIYh) and John Carpay, President of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (www.jccf.ca).

April 5, 2017

2017 Personality 13: Existentialism via Solzhenitsyn and the Gulag – Jordan B. Peterson (Video)

In this lecture, I explore the dreadful socio-political consequences of the individual inauthentic life: the degeneration of society into nihilism or totalitarianism, often of the most murderous sort, employing as an example the work/death camps of the Soviet Union.

April 2, 2017

Mayhem while we’re freezing and starving: my talk at Western – Jordan B. Peterson (Video)

I was invited to speak at the University of Western Ontario recently. I and spoke about
(1) identity politics,
(2) the basic biological and temperamental differences between men and women,
(3) the faulty claims that biological sex, gender identity, gender expression and sexual proclivity vary independently,
(4) the extreme danger of equity or equality of outcome doctrines,
(5) freedom of speech,
(6) nihilism, responsibility and meaning
and, finally,
(7) Pinocchio and the transformation of the individual.