Short take: Greenfield on Peterson

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The article The Non-Apology To Lindsay Shepard, Eh? by Scott H. Greenfield (Simple Justice) sums up my opinion of Jordan Peterson better (more succinctly, at least) than I could:

“I’ve never been comfortable with Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson. Much as I agree with his position that people can’t make up their own gender pronouns and demand others use them, under force of law, there’s something unseemly about him. Too self-promotional. Too one-note. Too . . . obvious.”

The article itself is about a professor in Canada who was reprimanded for showing a video of Peterson arguing against a law that would require people to use the pronoun of their addressee’s choice. She dared show the video without properly introducing it. She should have softened the blow on her obviously unprepared and fragile students. Instead, she inflicted Peterson’s poisonous opinion on them without telling them how they were supposed to feel about it in advance.

Since the professor thought to record her disciplinary hearing and released it to the Internet for their perusal, her interlocutor and supervisor quickly backpedaled with a giant open letter that served as an “apology”. Apology is in quotes because, as Greenfield notes, “The purpose of an open letter is to tell the world of one’s apology rather than to actually apologize.”