Highly recommend giving this episode of This American Life (“My Effing First Amendment”) a listen. Perhaps my favourite quote:
“And maybe a bunch of Conservatives in Nebraska were offended. Or maybe they were triggered.”
To read more about similar attitudes in Canada, check out this Toronto Star article on Jordan Peterson:
In Jordan’s hands, a claim which is merely ridiculous became dangerous. Jordan, our “free speech warrior,” decided to launch a website that listed “postmodern neo-Marxist” professors and “corrupt” academic disciplines, warning students and their parents to avoid them. Those disciplines, postmodern or not, included women’s, ethnic and racial studies. Those “left-wing” professors were trying to “indoctrinate their students into a cult” and, worse, create “anarchical social revolutionaries.” I do think Jordan believes what he says, but it’s not clear from the language he uses whether he is being manipulative and trying to induce fear, or whether he is walking a fine line between concern and paranoia.
Also, sign me up for Betsy Riot!