Rex Murphy: University bullies student who dares to suggest dialogue
Plays Peterson clip from The Agenda: two sides of an argument reinforces the binary
Steve Paikin’s programme The Agenda, for those outside the province of Ontario, is an hour-long panel discussion so hypnotically middle-of-the road and placid that it makes the game of cricket appear combative.
To be triggered by its programming, one must possess fibromyalgia of the soul.
As Rex Murphy, with his wonderful sense of irony puts it, the programme ‘selects its panelists with a regard for the delicacies of balance and political correctness so refined as to qualify as a fetish. It is fervently progressive, its more diligent fans—and they are numerous—are equally so.’
So when Lindsay Shepherd, a graduate student at Wilfred Laurier University, was disciplined for showing a 3-minute clip from it of Dr. Jordan Peterson and his opponent, Nicholas Matte, of U of T’s Sexual Diversities Studies program, it showed how immune to critical inquiry universities have become.
The topic of debate: personal pronouns.
The grammar of civilization is at stake.
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