Political correctness is state-licensed bullying

Political correctness is state-licensed bullying, by Christopher Heathcote.

As a psychologist, [Jordan] Peterson sees political correctness as state-licensed bullying. He is disturbed by emerging patterns of behaviour where individuals and issues will be attacked without restraint.

Situations are polarised due to PC advocates insisting there can be no middle ground. They will be most forceful in trying to shut down debate and silence opposition: you must agree or you are demonised.

An example:

Take the instance in Ontario, Canada, last year when Lindsay Shepherd, a young sessional lecturer at Wilfrid Laurier University, introduced Jordan Peterson’s work in her seminars.

In early November 2017, Ms Shepherd’s supervisor asked her to see him. He did not foreshadow what he wished to discuss, just advising that other members of the faculty hierarchy would be present. It looked innocent enough, although Ms Shepherd’s mother suggested her daughter carry a small tape recorder. This was astute advice. …

Not knowing he was being recorded, we hear on the tape Ms Shepherd’s supervisor accuse her of running classes that are “threatening” and create a “toxic climate for some of the students”. The scholar is told how complaints by “one or more” students have been made against her (which was untrue), although due to confidentiality she cannot be told who they were. Her supervisor likens Jordan Peterson to Adolf Hitler, and says the material discussed in Ms Shepherd’s seminars was “counter to the Canadian Human Rights Code” (likewise untrue).

Ms Shepherd explains what she did, and her purpose in introducing students to these matters. Her explanation is lucid, convincing and sound. She appears a diligent, efficient, conscientious tutor. But the gentle harrying does not stop. The course supervisor keeps pressing, accusing her of gender-oriented harassment of students.

After some minutes of this Ms Shepherd, who is sounding strained and anxious, starts weeping. The meeting does not halt. Instead, the supervisor keeps on, with the humiliated girl now apologising to the senior academics for her tears.

Listening to the tape is heart-rending. The three men in positions of power say little while this distressed scholar defends her teaching, repeatedly saying sorry as she sobs. The faculty members never raise their voices, never abuse; yet in a civil, bureaucratic way, they harass her relentlessly. Many listeners will squirm as the recording runs, feeling upset at the ordeal they are overhearing. And it doesn’t seem to stop. This inquisition continues for forty minutes. …

No matter how you defend yourself, you get nowhere because they hold the power.

hat-tip Stephen Neil