FOR anyone suffering from Jordan Peterson withdrawal symptoms since he was temporarily lost to us due to illness, I’m glad to say this deeply thoughtful man, sadly looking more anguished than before, is back with his YouTube channel and podcasts.
This one finds him continuing to tackle an issue that gets more challenging by the day – freedom of speech. With the hate crime legislation pursued in Scotland, Canada and New Zealand entrenching the already ‘deep juridification’ of speech and self-expression in the West, it sometimes can feel the battle is already lost. All the more important that people are not allowed to forget what freedom of speech and expression means.
One person determined not to let this happen is the British writer, satirist and voice of ‘Titania McGrath’ is Andrew Doyle – also now of GB News. Here Peterson discusses Doyle’s recently published book, Free Speech and Why It Matters with him. They cover hate crime law, the contemporary attack on free speech, how difficult it becomes to defend something we used to understand instinctively but now have to define, and how detrimental to the social fabric its loss is.
Peterson provocatively asks what’s wrong if the motivation of the people behind hate speech laws is that they just want to make the world a better place. Doyle makes clear how dangerous and flawed the legislation is as it stands.
It’s a long listen but worth it, especially if like me you have begun to despair that so few people seem to care about free speech or understand its importance for civilised society. You can watch it here: